A series of five landscape films by Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais
“Nature has always been central to our films. Animals, weather and the landscape often feature as characters and symbols treated with the same significance as the human performers. In our short film series EXTERIORS we decided to strip away as many of the other elements as possible and focus on the direct relationship between the recording device (in this case a VHS camera) and the natural environment. This could be seen as a series of short meditations on surfaces, the surface elements of our planet and the visual surface of the recorded image.
We have a love for the visual qualities of video, particularly of VHS and Hi8, there is something in the unique quality of the image, the unexpected transformation of colour and the jittery movement that we find spellbinding and beautiful. What you see in these films is not a detached scientific recording or a simple document of places as they are seen by the human eye but a series of immersive and expressionist video-paintings that speak of the landscape as it exists within our imagination. These could be called inner landscapes – once filmed by our transmutating-cinema-device they become imagined worlds, something more than those places that existed in the outer-world, they are now spaces for you to project yourself into and drift in a sea of sensations made with light and sound.” – Daniel & Clara
EXT. WAVES, 2017, 21 mins, VHS, colour
EXT. FIRE AT FAIRLIGHT GLEN, 2017, 6 mins, VHS, colour
EXT. TREES, 2017, 10 mins, VHS, colour
EXT. SEA MIST, 2017, 7 mins, VHS, colour
EXT. WILD FLOWERS, 2017, 5 mins, VHS, colour