Wednesday, December 1, 2010

'The North' installation, 2006

'The North' Installation, 2006 from Jade Boyd on Vimeo.

The North (installation)
Jade Boyd, The North video installation: video projection (7:42), amplifier, 2x speakers, dead branches. Dimensions variable. ‘Podium’ at Galleri Badet, Kulturhuset, Hausmania, Oslo, Norway, 2006.

'The North', originally an installation for my graduation exhibition at Sydney College of the Arts (2005), was the beginning of a trajectory of work and research based around the sublime and the supernatural. In this installation I projected a video of fragments of field recordings in the Norwegian landscape combined with footage from earlier works.
The projection fell partly onto the tips of the twisted branches that lay on the floor, repeating the elements of nature within the video. The darkly layered soundtrack was heavy with bass, holding reference to the N√łkken of Norse folklore with the imagined cries in the woods, and a voice beckoning in old Norwegian to `cross over´ (the water). The video moved in stilted procession, recalling Muybridge´s sequential photographic studies of locomotion, and creating a dislocated world, enclosed within the dark confines of the room.

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