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The Ground The Sky And The Island

Steven Ball

UK, 2008
8 minutes, Colour, Stereo, 4:3
Original format: SD video
Available formats: DVD / Digibeta tape / SD Digital file

This video reworks photographs, super 8 film, sound and anecdotal text from a series of bush and outback locations across Australia during the 1990s . It takes the form of extracts from an imagined first person journal, layered over extruded experiments with composition and movement constructing a synthetic shifting landscape. Moving through discrete but related sections, the abstracted view shifts vertically through 90 degrees between the closeness of the local, the ground, and the claustrophobia of the distant colonizing horizon. As it travels east from the South Australian desert, through bush, tablelands and rocky range, the video becomes a subjective essayistic meditation, in absentia, on being in the landscape, the problem of attempting to reproduce these landscapes and the uncertainty of their representation. At its inconclusion we arrive on K’gari (Fraser Island off the coast of Queensland) where we reach the edge of the known world, a space being made in an open future.