In October 2016 a network camera was installed on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem looking east across the West Bank towards the Jordanian Mountains.
The camera is constructing images pixel by pixel, line by line from the top left to the bottom right hand corner of the frame so that each complete image represents just over twelve hours of time.
The camera will remain in situ until September 2017, recording the full cycle of the seasons, and the weather, across the year.
LAND is the latest in a series of works which construct images from remote landscapes over time, and the first in the series to be located outside the UK.
Earlier works in the series combined digital technologies with the classical traditions of English landscape painting.
These included Seascape, a solo exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea co-commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, where a series of gradually unfolding digital seascapes were created using imagery captured in real time by network cameras installed at five vantage points across the South East coast of England to present a visual exploration into the natural cycles of tide, time and light; and Fenlandia and Glenlandia, a series of ‘pixel landscapes’ exploring the relationship between landscape and technology over time. Whilst Fenlandia recorded minute changes in the constructed Fen landscape of eastern England, Glenlandia instead looked out over a place where technology is also implicitly embedded in the landscape – Loch Faskally, a manmade loch which services the hydroelectric dam in Pitlochry in Perthshire, Scotland.
LAND by contrast is located in Israel, looking East from Jerusalem towards the Jordanian Mountains across a deeply historic, biblical and complicated landscape that has been written about and referenced over millennia. The twelve hour timeframe for each image is intended to loosely refer to Halachic time, which divides the daylight portion of the day into twelve equal hours’.
Images from LAND are saved at regular intervals, which will accumulate to form an archive of the year.
The work will be presented as a live updating image at Tel Aviv Artists Studio Gallery from 14 January – 18 February 2017 along with a series of prints from the work.
Many thanks to:
Dr Vered Zafran Gani, Curator, Tel Aviv Artists’ Studios Gallery for proposing this exhibition and making it possible
Thanks also to: Eitan Buganim, and Jasmin Vardi, Tel Aviv Artists” Studios Gallery; Eli Zafran; and Avi Sabaah and Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem for generously hosting the camera for the year.
Programming and network technology developed with Matthew Jarvis
Here are some early images from the archive: