Tidal Flow
Stansfield / Hooykaas, 1979, 12'44''

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As the name already implies, 'Tidal Flow' is a rendition of the streaming nature of tides. Fade-outs are used to show the lapse of time from high tide to low tide. Sounds of children playing and other background noise accompany the piece. The lens of the camera pans horizontally from left to right along the water of what is actually the Thames, capturing the distant glimpse of children playing by its shores. A boat passes by, creating ripples of water that move in horizontal lines towards the shore. The sound of water filling up the river is also used with the transitions that fade from high to low tide and vice versa, but whilst this process takes time, the background noise remains the same - a continuous flow of laughter and chatter from the children playingby the shore.

Netherlands Media Art Institute, Stefan Aquilina

  • Date: 1979
  • Length: 12'44''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Keywords: movement, time, video (subject)