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Video Work: ‘Opening Space: walking the common’

(Running time 20minutes 56 seconds)

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8357243725423462492

This is a video presentation made for the “Opening Space: Approaching commons through new conceptualisations of places and landscapes”. A special session at the 12th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Commons, “Governing shared resources: connecting local experience to global challenges” University of Gloucestershire (Cheltenham), 14th -18th July, 2008).

Thanks very much to the site editors for the invitation to place the video on the site.

Please note: compressing it for web broadcast has lessened the image quality, especially if you try to view it on full screen.

I now have a series of 5 films – or video works – on landscape. These were developed in 2008 to present at various UK seminars and workshops (events sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council and Arts and Humanities Research Council).

These are very much experimental pieces. They seek to sketch by video our being-in-the-landscape, and relate this, by the means of textual overlay and, in some, instances, voice-overs, to personal and theoretical issues.

The videos are deliberately not planned in detail (perhaps one quick visit to the location will be made in advance of shooting the film). The method involves turning up (accepting the given light and weather conditions), turning on the camera and walking and seeing what turns up. I like the roughness and uncertainty of the hand held camera – (but realize this can make for uncomfortable viewing). The uncertainty of image reflects (I hope) the uncertainties of our conceptual and theoretical grasp of such a complex process of being-in-landscape and also the roughness of perception.

I like (I can’t put it more clearly than that) moments in the videos at which the images become semi-abstract. Often the speed of the film is slowed to make the images more readable and to expand the ‘moment of the moment’.

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