My video for Issue 9 uses historical photographs of the Arts Courts site and video of the present day site. Using the same vantage point in both the video and the photographs, the images are morphed together, allowing a comparison of the past and the present day view of the site. They reveal architectural changes and the passage of time flowing over these buildings as the surrounding city rises up around them.
My video for Issue 8 serves as a documentation of the SAW Video space before the next phase of the Arts Court redevelopment begins. The images are accompanied by SAW Video members’ reflections on their experiences with and connections to the space; it is a tribute to this physical place, its role in the formation of community, and its contribution to the production of artistic work. After the renovations are complete, SAW Video will occupy a new space on the ground floor of the building and a new chapter in the physical life of this media centre will commence.
*This video is in a vertical format – please click ‘full screen’ for it to adjust to your device
The Arts Court redevelopment has moved well above ground level and the construction is taking place high in the air. The work ’Vertical’ is a reflection on this upward ascent with its use of videography and spatial editing techniques within its vertical grid format.
The Arts Court redevelopment is well under way and the extension to the building is starting to rise within the pit. The work ’Site & Sound’ is a prolonged view of the site filled with busy construction workers. The video isolates a short duration of time and uses the sound from the construction site to trigger motion within the image. The inescapable noise that engulfs the site is used here to bring the image to life.
The new year marks the beginning of the construction stage of the Arts Court redevelopment. Despite the fact that winter is in full force, the foundation and structure start to take shape. The video ’Scale’ is a 1:45 minute continuous zoom-out, starting on an individual worker and finishing on the construction site as a whole. It brings into view the multitude of tasks both manual and mechanized, small and large, that make up a complex construction project like this redevelopment.