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Computer-generated animated imagery
Poikilo Edition Duration: 22.5 – 27.7 2023
Artist, programmer and producer: Axel Antas
Programming: Sam Steer
Sound: Gordon Hempton
The work is a slow meditation of a digitised forest scene. The trees in the film are captured through digital scanning techniques. The duration of the work is linked to the exhibition time where the film changes throughout. We can observe the landscape in morning light at the start of the exhibition, towards the end of the exhibition the landscape goes towards night where the scene is in total darkness and only a few outlines of trees are visible. Each visitor will have a different experience and the full film is only possible to grasp as an idea.
The film follows 2 timelines. The timeline of the viewer where the camera slowly moves around the scene and small movement can be seen from leaves moving by the wind and clouds passing by. The 2nd timeline is the timeline of the sun that stretches a single day into the duration of the exhibition where the landscape slowly moves into total darkness at the end of the exhibition.
In contrast to the digital landscape we have a soundtrack that is based on real field recordings that changes for the duration of the film. The sound is by sound recording specialist Gordon Hempton who has worked on a project where he captures sound in natural environments that are void of any human created sounds. Thus the field recording is the sound from a forest without human presence, which links the uninhabited digital landscape with the sound.