In 2009 CIRCA Projects invited three established video artists to participate in ‘TRINITY’, a series of three, nightly video installations, spread across three weeks that brought life to the atmospheric and now redundant Holy Trinity Church in Hendon, Sunderland. The presentation of the selected works, by Mark Neville, Berit Hummel and Graham Dolphin, aimed to make the audience question, in various ways, how they look at and assess their surroundings.
Notes on featured Works:
Mark Neville: The Ghost of Stanley Spencer Watches Over Me (2006)
The film documents the artist, walking through ‘Fergusons’ shipyard in Port Glasgow, where Stanley Spencer was resident during the second world war. It is filmed with a high-speed film camera, from directly above the subject..The camera seems to adopt the point of view of a disembodied eye, floating above the shipyard warehouse. As the camera pans the work floor, we lose our sense of scale, and the space seems transformed into a small maquette. Neville attempts to transform the surface of the shipyard, as Spencer had done, into a painting, with his transformation referencing the reliefs of Ben Nicholson, and the mark-making of British Abstraction.
Berit Hummel: White Tiger (2008)
Berit Hummel researches the structures of built human surroundings; architectural arrangements in the city as well as nature cultivated by man. In that she focuses on an ambiance of artificiality, like it is found in perfectly organized environments. The video ‘white tiger’ is part of the project ‘Untitled Utopia’, a research on utopian ideas and urban space. A white tiger is sleeping in a stage-like artificial jungle. The tiger briefly lifts his head, looks around and continues sleeping, since there is nothing to discover. An audio collage transmits the sounds of a tropical rain forest. White tigers are the result of specialized breeding techniques and exist only in captivity. Without having experienced the rhythm of nature, these artificial creatures live under artificial conditions in a sort of model situation.
Graham Dolphin: Star Spangled Banner Recurring (2007)
Star Spangled Banner Recurring, is a single screen digital projection based on footage taken of the legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix playing his version of the American national anthem Star Spangled Banner. Here, the film provides both a sonic and a visual experience. The short extract of virtuoso playing is taken from the seminal Woodstock concert of 1969 and is shown repeated across a grid of twelve panels with each panel starting half a second after the other. The effect is one of creating an arresting cacophony of noise, of electric guitar and feedback. The original source material is subtly transformed to create something disquieting.