AA2A / Camberwell College of Arts
The AA2A (Artists Access to Art Colleges) residency scheme provides placements for visual artists in institutions across England. Participants have the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project, using workshops and supporting facilities in participating fine art and design departments. I was delighted to be selected as an Artist in Residence at Camberwell College of Arts as part of the AA2A scheme (September 2011 – May 2012).
I used my time as artist in residence to develop two projects, The days are falling and Cosmogony, as well as a new film piece, Wind (2012). This residency allowed me access to both the analogue photographic equipment to capture the work and also to the digital technologies necessary to process and digitise the images. I was able to sit in on student technical workshops, such as demonstrations in video editing. My work relies on access to many types of equipment and the AA2A scheme at Camberwell ensured regular access to equipment and facilities to help me develop work and learn new skills in moving image. I also enjoyed the contact, ideas exchange and ongoing dialogue with current students and the technical and academic staff at the college.
Read more about my AA2A residency here.
This is my first film work, having previously only worked with stills. I have become increasingly interested in moving image work but was never sure how or what I should film. In January 2011 there were some amazingly strong winds causing the branches on the trees to thrash, bend and be moved by this invisible force, the wind. I found that by composing the frame as I would do naturally, the branches danced and bowed for my fixed position. 'Wind' was then edited together and combined with a beautifully meditative score composed by Ralph Tayler-Webb.
Wind (2012) installation shot, 'Detours', Wimbledon Space, 2012
The Days are Falling (2011-2012), dummy book display, AA2A interim show, Camberwell College of Arts, 2012