2019, 72 mins, HD, colour
Images and sound captured whilst on a journey through the British landscape become the material for formalistic experimentation and an exploration of looking/seeing listening/hearing.
What started as a document of a journey taken around the UK evolved into an investigation into the nature of moving images. Inspired by the landscapes we encountered, we began a process of breaking down and reconstructing the recorded images in order to understand the mysteries they evoked.
More than simply mapping our journey across the country, this film presents a map of our engagement with the images of the landscape. By reducing them to impressions, fragments, fictions and forms, the recorded images/sounds are transformed into “artefacts” which, when presented in the sequence of a film, activate narratives, ideas and sensations in the viewer.
The eerie atmospheres of the winter landscapes are evoked through fragments of field recordings and footage, hinting at something hidden beyond the surface of the image – an unseen mystery that burrows in the undergrowth, its presence sensed through the impact it has on the form of the film itself.
Central to the film are scenes shot at the Neolithic stone circle and mound in the village of Avebury in Wiltshire. Both the standing stones and hill are central motifs which give the film its narrative structure and act as tangible representations for that which is unseen.
We follow in the footsteps of many artists who have taken inspiration from Avebury before us, such as Paul Nash, John Piper, Derek Jarman, Bruce Lacey, Barbara Hepworth and many more whose work adds to our impressions of the place.
Ultimately this film is a journey in itself – a first person encounter with the limits of perception, it exists in a place where both the recording device (camera/sound recorder) and the human senses (sight/hearing) are tested.