[The following movie clips are short random sections which are highly compressed in order to post them on the web. The actual size and length is posted with the clip.
Whilst they can be shown as individual pieces in selected venues they, ideally, should be seen projected as installations where they would be looped so that the viewer could see them at their own pace and repeatedly if they wish.]
When I started making digital movies 13 years ago the way I made them made them difficult to present, either privately or at public screenings, as the data rate was far too high for the then available projection methods. I was never committed to streaming them as this would have compromised the visual experience via the reduced size and data rate.
Luckily recently, with the advent of Blu-ray technology, they can now be viewed easily. The only condition for seeing them is that a Blu-ray player (BD) is available which is getting more and more common every year and, if not yet found in every home, is now present in most public viewing establishments and galleries.
Most of the work posted here has been converted to this process and can be recognised by the designation “Dvd: Blu-ray” at the bottom of the short description of the piece.
Unfortunately the examples on this site are so heavily compressed and reduced in size that they bear little resemblance to the actual pieces; they serve only as an indication of their presence – a mere ghostly approximation of their form.
A.G. May 2013
flotsom and jetsom is a short piece composed of images which have been floating around my concsiousnes for the last few years.
DVD: Blu-ray • Aspect ratio 16:9 • Length 3′ 34″ • ©2013
For all my previous animations which have included working with composers, they have added the sound elements to my images retrospectively – for which I am always very grateful.
This time I felt I could make a contribution to Paul’s piece which would both combine and enhance our individual aesthetic approaches.
DVD: Blu-ray • Aspect ratio 16:9 • Length 5′ 27″ • ©2012
All that is needed is a good 42″ + LED or Plasma screen and DVD player.
An edition of 200
“shadowfield” consist of three short parts which can either be shown separately or as a linked sequence. Each is 3 minutes 40 secs long. Its images (as the title suggests) are derived from shadows of objects which are concealed from the viewer.
It demonstrates my occasional and continuing interest in trying to exclude showing the actual objects which make up the image. In this instance only their shadows are represented, albeit in a very detailed form, which would be impossible in a non-digital reality.
These movies are silent to allow their visual complexity to dominate the viewer’s experience.
Two forms move against a terrain which is of a similar origin to themselves whilst another form of an obviously different source is also present creating a state of tension in their interaction as they slowly circumnavigate each other.
The sound element driving this movement is derived from electric chisels which could have been used used to fashion the indigenous forms in a less virtual environment?
DVD: Blu-ray • Aspect ratio 16:9 • Length: 7′ 34″ • ©2009
DVD Blu- ray • Aspect ratio: 16.9 • Length: 13′ 09″ • © 2009
Ian Wilcock once again provides an electronic soundtrack which compliments the images whilst emphasizing the movement within it.
The visual material for this piece concentrates on a hole; a viewpoint into what seems a richer and intensely vibrant environment that the viewer never really gets to observe. As a (token) consolation, an elegant disc emerges and briefly taunts the viewer with reflections and echoes of the vibrant world beyond.
The piece casts the viewer as a voyeur; an observer whose entire experience must, of necessity, be on the one hand vicarious and unsatisfying, yet also pervaded by a knowledge of the possibility of something better. Perception itself is cast as a subversive drama suffused with the constant awareness of the impossibility of satisfaction in the here and now together with an unshakable knowledge that the objects of desire are both tangible and near at hand. I.W. / A.G
DVD: Blu-ray • Aspect ratio 16 9 • Length: 10′ 55 “ • © 2008
“jonah” is my second collaboration with the writer Brian Marley.
Said Jonah of his ordeal: “The Holy books got it all wrong, WRONG WRONG WRONG in every particular!” Mindful of this, Andrew Greaves and I offer alternative perspectives on Jonah’s experience, hoping to embrace a greater truth, which, as Jonah grudgingly concedes, we may have done, “even if only inadvertently”. BM
DVD: Blu-ray • Aspect ratio: 16.9 • Length: 9 ‘ 28 ” • © 2009
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
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