Parallels and Meridians – Beyond the Boundaries
Exploring the boundaries and investigating the landscape, this work attempts to make known something beyond the obvious - capturing a description of a walk using an abstract visual language.
“Taking Paul Klee’s famous statement “take a line for a walk”, I utilize GPS recorded walks to capture the landscape scientifically and then present this captured data in new exciting ways. This work references the tradition of landscape painting and drawing, and is rendered as a film and a set of limited edition prints.”
The resulting film captures the ephemeral act of wandering itself – in fleeting scenes unfolding and then disappearing before they have begun to fully form - and extends drawing with pencil into the use of new technology, specifically that of scientific instruments such as GPS recorders, to challenge the assumptions of what drawing is or might be. The recorded walk began at Portland Castle travelling up to the Verne following the old railway line, along the top till just before Portland Heights, turned back down to the Cove at Chiswell and along to Portland Marina before returning to Portland Castle. The walk took a little under one hour and is 2.6 miles long, with a climb of 538 feet up to the Verne.
Download a GPX file of this walk for your GPS device here: www.b-side.org.uk/sites/default/files/1513897.gpx (right-click and save)
The accompanying soundtrack is created from treated field recordings captured at Portland Marina one windy day. The work is made by using various types of computer coding, mathematical equations and GPS data to create an animated drawing.
Artist Talk September 05 Jackson Gallery, Fortuneswell, Portland (Free)
Joe Stevens talks about his recent b-side commission and the processes of using new technology to create a different type of drawn landscape in the age old tradition of drawing