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Process Plates [Lanchester Gallery Projects]

DAY, Michael (2014) Process Plates [Lanchester Gallery Projects]. [Artefact]

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Process Plates (2014), twin-screen video, no sound, 6m11s.

This piece is comprised of cinematic 'process plates', shot for the purpose of being back-projected to form the view from a train carriage window. This particular footage was shot in the 1940s by renowned cinematographer Ray Cory, but is now in the public domain.

This footage brings to mind two significant technological developments in the modern period: the technology of cinema, and the expansion of the railways. Both were technological advances that were emblematic of the division of space and time during the period of modernity, and both brought about new ways of imaging landscape and new, time-based visualities. In this case, footage that is incidental to the process of film making reveals something about how experiences of landscape became structured and attention ordered by regulating technologies of modernity.

The footage has remained largely untouched, and has been edited only as much as was necessary to present it in this twin-screen arrangement, so as to allow comparison between takes. The subtle differences between different versions of the shot become exaggeratedly noticeable this way. Some of these differences were likely a result of the specific demands of the scene that this footage would eventually become the backdrop for, but others reveal the particular environmental conditions on that particular day. Separated from their original cinematic function, these clips become curious tracking shots that ask us to pay attention to a specific but peculiarly structured passage through a landscape.

Item Type: Artefact
Faculty: School of Creative Arts and Engineering > Art and Design
Event Location: Possession (II), Lanchester Gallery Projects, Coventry, UK, March 2014
Depositing User: Michael DAY
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2017 11:36
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 13:48

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