Dolerite, Solarized Pigmatosis
SD Video 12min
The Touchstone Test Piece blind climbing research project resulted in a number of artworks - the key one ironically being where the low grade mini video cameras which we developed for Johns fingers start to malfunction mid climb... The artwork is: Dolerite, Solarized Pigmatosis.
This work develops from a malfunction of the finger tip footage of a climb with John (a blind man) in Donegal at Dumore Head. The black and white footage is taken from just the finger cameras and is very abstracted because of the sunny day which solarized parts of the footage – making the sun itself appear black. It is in real-time and is approximately 12minutes long. During this climb the cameras started to malfunction on the short descent poetically adding to the sense of visually trying to record a physical or tactile experience.
This resulted in a really graphic transformation of the footage. With this climb these cameras on his left and right hands first solarise in the bright sunlight then judder in and out of action as they malfunction resulting in a move from the black and white up close topographic footage (kind of like the luna landscape) to abstract patterned video footage.