Meditation on the tension between past [and] present
Paul Young, Art Cinema.
Originally created by Kye Wilson for the English Heritage site Fort Brockhurst, Gosport as part of Space Interrupted exhibition - a project made up of artists, architects, film makers and curators working together to highlight, disrupt and re-frame industrial and vernacular buildings and showcased as part of Heritage Open Days, A four-day festival celebrating England's local history and giving access to thousands of places usually closed to the public.
Monocular View sees Kye Wilson responding to the unique character of Fort Brockhurst, Gosport using time-based media to create a new film and immersive site-specific video installation.
Re-contextualising the forts’ history he offers audiences an embodied experience, blurring the distinctions between time, place, self and other.
Monocular View was inspired by the imagined views looking out from the fort (‘field of fire’ defence positions, now overgrown) combined with those looking into the fort (from the perspective of an invading enemy).
Each viewpoint slowly dissolves into an oppositional one, achieving a sense of “continuous present”, the feeling of experiencing the present moment unfolding and disappearing.
Monocular View has been commissioned by Space Interrupted. Space Interrupted is generously supported by Arts Council England and partners English Heritage and aspex gallery Portsmouth.
The installation is adapted to each new location and can be showcased on a large or small-scale using either a flat screen, digital monitor or projector, displayed in a horizontal or portrait orientation.