Horizontal Flow
Stansfield / Hooykaas, 1977, 32'01''

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The horizon is a visual paradox, defined as the circular line formed by the apparent meeting of earth and sky or sea and sky. If one could see this line it would be constantly renewing itself on an ever elusive infinity. Is it then a line? 'Horizontal Flow' actually revolves around a location on the South Gare Breakwater near Tees-mouth, North East England. With the camera on a fixed point, Hooykaas/Stansfield made the basis tape of a 360 degree pan, lasting for 15 minutes. They then used this tape to examine on a visual level where the video image structure of lines met and meshed with the lines of the horizon. At this stage, they worked with the tape in the studio, retaping optically from the monitors. For presentation in an 'environment' (something we wouldnow call an 'installation'), they made two tapes of 15 minutes which would run synchronously and be fed to five monitors. The sound of this piece, music and the voice of a local fisherman, is used as a separate statement; it becomes another point of reference within the circle of the environment. Read more...

  • Date: 1977
  • Length: 32'01''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: conceptual
  • Keywords: image, perception, representation, video (subject)