Dominic de Vere was one of seven artists commissioned by Dover Arts Development (DAD) to make new work for their War & Peace programme in 2012-13. Over the 18 months of the programme, Dominic followed the different strands of the project, which he has woven into this new film work.
From the top of those decaying pyramids to the sea, we have a chain of facts which clearly demonstrate that the materials of the wasted mountains have travelled through the rivers; for, in every step of this progress, we may see the effect, and thus acknowledge the proper cause. We may often even be witness to the action; but it is only a small part of the whole progress that we may thus perceive, nevertheless it is equally satisfactory as if we saw the whole; for, throughout the whole of this long course, we may see some part of the mountain moving some part of the way. What more can we require? Nothing but time. It is not any part of the process that will be disputed; but, after allowing all the parts, the whole will be denied; and, For what?—only because we are not disposed to allow that quantity of time which the ablution of so much wasted mountain might require.
Though the experience of man goes for nothing in this progress of things, yet, having principles in matter of fact from whence he may reason back into the boundless mass of time already elapsed, it is impossible that he can be deceived in concluding that here is the general operation of nature wasting and wearing the surface of the earth for the purposes of this world, and giving the present shape of things, which we so much admire in the contrast of mountains and plains, of hills and valleys, although we may not calculate with accuracy, or ascribe to each particular operation every individual appearance.
(Quote from James Hutton's Theory of the Earth; or an investigation of the laws observable in the composition, dissolution, and restoration of land upon the Globe.)