JANET BURCHILL & JENNIFER McCAMLEY ARTISTS STATEMENT

JANET BURCHILL & JENNIFER McCAMLEY
Inland Empire – Solar Neon, 2008
Single channel
4:3 video
stereo sound
02.22 minutes
In 2008, to illustrate the principle of “light from light” we constructed a solar-powered neon. The resultant photovoltaic and neon work, “Inland Empire – Solar Neon” was produced during an IASKA artists’ residency in Kellerberrin, Western Australia, and was located in the landscape.  As the sun went down, the light from the neon appeared brighter.  This film is a time-lapse of that event.
JANET BURCHILL, JENNIFER McCAMLEY
AND ROBIN HELY

Pangaea, 2004
Single channel
4:3 video
stereo sound
08.07 minutes
Music: Ed Kuepper
This video was made for Ed Kuepper’s Music for Len Lye, a project initiated by David Pestorius. Pangaea was a response to a piece of music by Ed Kuepper which was itself a response to Len Lye’s 1929 experimental film, Tusalava. At its original screenings, Tusalava had been accompanied by live music but the score for that music (Lye’s original music to Tusalava) has long been lost. Kuepper composed a new music track to accompany Lye’s film and we then made an image track to accompany this piece of music in the spirit of the original Tusalava.
There are several points in our video that reference the original Tusalava. Another element running through Pangaea is the use of old nautical charts, one of which features Manus Island.  By 2004, the year in which Pangaeawas made, ‘Pacific solutions’ were in the air and Manus Island was one of them.

© All images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne


 
 
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