|Artist run moving image screenings.
Lake Levels River Levels
presented in conjunction with suek-artist
8:30pm 29th January 2011
The BAck doOR @ suek-artist
entry off back lane
658 Plenty Road, Preston
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
catch the 86 tram to stop 52
suek-artist and cogcollective presents
A programme of screen work produced by Derek Hart during his Australia Council Residency with Hydro Tasmania.
Meadowbank Drawn Down 17 mins, digital video, silent, 2010
Doors open 8:30pm
Entry by donation.
Shot as the waters of Meadowbank Lake were drawn done for Hydro Tasmania inspection and testing, what is exposed and caught on camera is the scarring of the old landscape where water meets land when the dam is full. As substitution for the horizon line, the scar upon the terrain becomes the focus within the frame as the camera slowly traverses along the waterway below.
Comprised of two shots using different length lenses and shot at the same time, Dam Wall Drawn Across offers a slow tracking shot that surveys the horizontal trace mark of the water level upon the vertical hold of the dam wall.
Riddled with skeletal remains of trees that add an eeriness to the cloud covered somber landscape far in the distance, the water of Lake Mackintosh, is as black as ink. Rising up to meet the frame's summit then falling again, at times revealing the expanse of the water from above, it competes with the alluring landscape in its effort to apprehend the full breadth of the screen.
With camera half submerged in the cold water of Lake Mackintosh the surface plane of the screen is divided in two. The water, in close proximity, offers very little for the reading of depth of space as it invades the viewing space. At times the sun's rays break through the density of the water, a sliver of weed drifts by, or a buoy bobs up and down fracturing the division between foregrounded space and the deep space of the landscape on view in the upper part of the frame.
Margin (Murchison Gorge) is a single, linear tracking shot in which the rotated lens at water level 'scans' the remote, old growth environment, a quivering band of foreshortened reflections flowing between the rare flora above and the blackness below.
Entry by donation.