Video Art

Video art from the series Gothic Memoria. Filmed on location in Victoria and Tasmania, Australia.

Graded in After Effects, shot on a Sony Z1P @ 1080 50i and a JVC 201E @ 720 50p, VFX Red Giant, cut on Final Cut Pro 6.

Series music performed by Nancy Calo and Andrew Rostas

As the viewer watches this piece nothing really happens - and that's exactly the point, a kind of 'slow cinema'. The only perceived movement is either atmospheric or optical changes which under closer inspection are played backwards. I like to make artworks that are derived from the traditions of the German Romanticist painters, namely Friedrich, from the very early 19th century, except these types of paintings are durational, only parts of the composition move. They are at their most successful when considered moving paintings as opposed to narrative-driven video.

Gothic Memoria is a suite of 30 video art segments which serve as companion pieces, and also character studies for the wider Night Dweller Chronicles films. They forge a base to the features films which sprang out from this series - The Darklands, Saturn Rising, the Curse of the Mysterious Dark Vampire, and Gothic Memoria (the movie). These particular works are framed in an experimental context, taking inspiration and influence from very early silent and arthouse horror between 1899 and 1921.

Supported by the Place Research Network, RMIT University, Australia and Honeyhouse Films P/L.


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