Paysage Fer

Dec 2008

Paysage Fer “Ferro Scape“ is an experimental motion-graphics piece on the themes of train travel and the railway environment, observed through the industrial landscape and the musicality that are associated with them.

Statement

This work revisits the old-world medium of late 19th century moving panoramas1 whilst updating it with digital moving-image production tools, CGI and 3D vector graphics.
The subject matter itself is railway-related — a train journey towards and into the city with a progressive build up of its surrounding industrial landscape — but this “Ferro-scape” is a landscape that for the most part we can’t see but can only imagine: the mighty industrial metallic architecture impresses by what lies behind (c.f. Barthes, the mythology of the tunnel2). This technical universe, sign of a complexifying network, announces the metropolis. Land and greenery are absent; instead it is the built environment that allows us to get a sense of distance and therefore speed.

The project consequently poses an investigation into the space-time of travel:
The vision in successive plans that move faster or slower depending on their distance to the camera, re-create depth and perspective.
The loop-based nature of both the video and the audio permits a visual reading of the aural phenomena, thanks to the repeating and recursing patterns of the moving elements and the spatial and graphical interpretation of sounds.

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1 Moving panoramas were made of painted scenes hauled from rolls placed on either side of an audience-facing stage, precursing early films and motion-rides.

2 Roland Barthes, Le Guide Bleu, in Reading Architectural History (Dana Arnold Ed.) p. 195

Exhibitions:

  • March 2009: Liminal – A Question of Position, InIVA, Rivington Place (London)

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