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Light Reading
Ron Haselden & Chris Welsby: Sea Seen Six Screen

16mm projector setup

291 Gallery, London
22 May 2002 | 8pm
Call: 020 76135676

Presented by Lux and Light Reading as part of Shoot Shoot Shoot: The first decade of the London Filmmakers Co-operative and British avant-garde film 1966-76.

MFV Maureen
Ron Haselden, 1975, six screen 16mm film
Six projected loops form a long mural of material shot on a trawler fishing in the North Sea at Eyemouth and describe the motion of the horizon filmed from a fixed camera position on the deck. The panorama looking out across the boat is continually changing as the camera gently pans and the boat rocks in the heavy sea.

Shore Line
Chris Welsby, 1977, six screen 16mm film
Each of the six projectors carries a duplicate fifteen foot loop of colour film. Each projector is placed on its side in order to make use of the portrait format. No attempt is made to synchronise the projectors.

The image is of a beach, with the camera pointing straight out to sea. The horizon is located about halfway up the frame. In the foreground, waves can be seen breaking on the shore. In the sky, a few clouds move from left to right. The projectors are aligned so that the horizon forms a continuous straight line running horizontally through all six screens. What at first sight appears to be a panoramic view of the beach turns out, on closer examination, to be an illusion created by the projection event. Only by close examination of the image is it possible to deduce that one is looking at the repetition of a single space taken at six different instances in time. Chris Welsby


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