It is an example of my occasional appropriation formal elements which, in this case, are erected in natural landscapes to pinpoint specific geographic locations to enable the making of accurate maps.
The form in this piece is neither fixed or discrete as it falls on to and through the base strata which is also continually changing its position. It contrasts with its environment creating ambiguous scale and functional references which would be alien to its physical counterpart.
This visual event is accompanied by ambiguous and barely heard noises off.
DVD: Blu-ray • Aspect ratio: 16:9 • Length: 8′ 35″ • © 2006
“simmentalTide” is an acknowledgement and response to my move into a rural environment after spending nearly 50 years in an urban one. I see it as part of a personal spacial re-orientation, particularly to the landscape, the lack of architectural features and the sparse density of the population, which to some extent is replaced by animals.
In retrospect I am surprised by the flatness of the images which contrasts to the actual mountainous terrain of the area which inspired it.
The work is constructed of photographic images combined with 3D animated forms, accompanied by an abstract evocation of rural and coastal sounds.
DVD: Blu-ray • Aspect ratio: 16:9 • Length 12′ 11″ • ©2007
This piece takes its title from the American journalist/broadcaster Studs Turkel who is a champion of early jazz and a chronicler of American social history. At 95 (in 2007) he remains an inspirational figure and this is my homage to him.
These images and sounds should not be taken literally but impressionistically as a tribute to his spirit, energy and pioneering work.
DVD: Blu-ray • Aspect ratio: 16:9 • Length: 5′ 43″ • ©2007
A virtual camera pans across a virtual space and sections are illuminated by virtual lights revealing the internal and external spaces when they are activated. Some of the environment’s surfaces are reflective, increasing their visual complexity, whilst others rely on simple planes for their structural presence. Some of the sequences are in colour but most are monochromatic. The viewer is sometimes drawn more closely towards the spaces for a more intimate view, but is usually forced to observe the evolving scenes at a distance.
The visual tour is underpinned by the low frequency sounds of an urban hum.
DVD: Blu-ray • Aspect ratio: 16:9 • Length: 35′ 50″ • © 2006
A complex abstract form, at once metallic and machined yet also disturbingly organic (particularly in the multiple profiles it presents to the viewer), moves purposefully within a three dimensional reflective environment. This is not an empty environment, rather the whole piece is ominous, populated with objects unseen except through their reflections. We have a sense of being in a corner, perhaps a temporarily safe corner, of a much larger world extending in all directions from the one we are observing.
The ‘action’ involves the interplay and penetration by the object with the defining limits of the environment; with highly reflective, yet paradoxically fluid representations of the way conventional (and virtual) space is mapped and bounded. As the object immerses itself in the fabric of dimensionality, it questions and tests the concepts of empirical, measured certainty; it exposes the essential propensity for liminality in even the most stable of systems. That there is a feeling that at any moment the outside could in-trude is perhaps only to be expected… I. W.
Sound: Ian Willcock
DVD: Blu-ray • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 • Length: 12′ 34″ • © 2006
The visual structure of “rorrim” consists of two separately made images which, when combined, give the illusion of an abstract landscape and it’s reflection. The viewer, through their own associative references, makes links which give a cohesion to the otherwise separate elements. “rorrim” inhabits the liminal space between representation and recognition; it is an interior drama of revelation and reflection in which the viewer sees only their own constructing (and constructed) gaze rather than the visual surface behind which such processes ae normally hidden from conscious view. The soundtrack reflects this interiority; most events are placed in the centre of the stereo range – as if they are emanating from within the viewer’s head. They are perhaps the accompaniment to contemplation rather than adjuncts of the graphic phenomena. This short extract is from the first section of the seamless triptych.
Sound: Ian Willcock
this movie is different in so much as the sound is provided live as a performance by
Mark Wastell • Tam Tam and Rhodri Davies • harp, electronics.
The animation contains six sections with 5 second breaks in between making a total running time of 54 minutes – it is quite slow.
A programme would typically contain another of my animations and also a solo performance by Broken Consort.
To book a performance contact Rhodri Davies – email@example.com or me via the contact section on the opening page of this site.
PAL 720 x 576. 2004
It can be seen as a representation of part of a long journey where the traveler falls in and out of dreamlike states – normal consciousness is replaced by fantasy.
DVD: Blu-ray • Aspect ratio: 4:3 • Length: 13′ 59″ • © 2007
Is a collaboration between myself and the writer Brian Marley.
The visual theme of Unnatural Order is based on an imagining of the sea in Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris, a novel I read some thirty years ago. This example of xenobiology came vividly to mind while I was creating the animation for the movie.
See: wiki – Xenobiology
As the camera hovers voyeuristically and pans across the surface, sounds and sentences sporadically emerge. This gradual evolution is deceptive. Quite often, very little seems to be happening, but if you look away for a moment then return to the movie much will have changed.
Humans modify their surroundings to suit themselves and modify themselves to suit their surroundings. This has been going on for almost five million years. We’re close to finishing the project – making the world a product of our imagination. The benefits are obvious. But there are considerable disbenefits, too.
DVD: Blu-ray • Aspect ratio: 4:3 • Length: 13′ 42″ • © 2004