Borderline Thoughts – first video edit

Using Adobe premiere pro to create a new film from footage shot at the English Scottish Border at Easter – this is a first rough cut.  I am dropping the sound, the wind, except where the cars pass to emphasise the ‘thoughts’ which are graphic questions that appear with the vehicles – as if they are the thoughts of the occupants.  The questions are found text from personal questions that people ask each other, but also refer to the border question.  Some of these questions or statements come from Scottish and English politicians

Juan delGado at Isis

Excellent Talk and exposition of work by visiting Spanish artist Juan delGado, artist in  residence at Isis Arts for the next week. delGado is now based in London but has worked internationally with some hauntingly beautiful landscape work based on the Isle of Grain and the margin lands at the Thames delta, including the video Le reve de Newton.


delgad0 described his journey from narratives created from ‘recreated scenarios’ such as the disturbing series called The Wounded Image’ which remade crime scenes that suggest great trauma in the people depicted, dead and injured and his arrival at a new way of working where he tried to ‘unfold the narrative’ from images and video captured on extended journeys in Europe.  The focus of this most recent work is the marks in the landscape made by refugees in his Altered Landscape, a personal response to the Syrian Crisis.


Juan deGardo talked about the importance of sound in his work, not using it at all in some work – a desire not to ‘take common sound for granted’.  In more recent work, the short text of the earlier pieces has been replaced by longer spoken word, which felt like recorded or written testimony.  delGado also emphasised the importance of landscape; ‘Landscape is a witness’…..’it is a landscape of borders’……’the camera follows mobility in the landscape’.

The River

The River is a first draft ‘film poem’ using words from a Kathleen Raine Poem ‘The River’.  The words are a couplet:

‘Pure I was and free
By the rapid stream’

bardon-mill-still-34The film is just about the beguiling sound of the moving water, held up by branch and stone, and the connection with the visual image of the moving water, in each case obstructed in some way.  The water noise dips in each 30 second section and this appears to slow down the water, when it starts again, the water seems to swirl more quickly.

bardon-mill-still-33Partly inspired by the music of Steve Reich, for example his Sextet for marimbas.  This beguiling piece has a high speed perceived rhythm as a result of how the slow playing marimbas are layered and interspersed.

bardon-mill-still-31The walk to the section of the river at Bardon Mill, was eccentric.  I was looking for the original point of view from JW Carmichael’s view of the Tyne at Bardon Mill, but ended up crossing the river and enjoying the nature reserve on the other side. Wild and slightly unnerving, photographed in black and white…..

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Bizarre signage in the fields………

Could be a title for a photo series?


Featherstone Green Staircase


slow steps turn 

on a spiral corner
time is sticky, tricksy,
hand on the rail 
seeping through a
faded castle heart  
the stone floors host
a thousand million steps
echoing the ever greeness
like a tide on the fetch
held in twirling eddies
till fading silent
on the ebb.
here is the filmpoem