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.


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.


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


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