Dan Shipsides

Title: Coir’ a’ Ghrunnda 360
Duration: 01:55
Format: digital video 4:3
Language: without words
Production date: 2007
Production country:  Scotland / Northern Ireland
Acknowledgements: Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Coir’ a’ Ghrunnda 360
From a series of short landscape based video Coir’ a’ Ghrunnda was made by attaching a modified camera to an eight-metre leash and whirling it through the space above and around the artist’s body. The series was made between 2007 and 2010 was created in habitually accessed places throughout Europe and the US but with most being made in and around the coasts and mountains of Ireland and Scotland as a by-product of climbing or mountaineering activities.

This simple activity of production dissolves conventional landscape scenes or views into sequences of dramatic visual activity where the landscape image is literally put into a spin. The raw video-scapes and audio combine both the performative aesthetic activity – of selecting location, spinning, speed, timing and stamina – with the beautiful concordant / discordant footage of the environment. The effect merges the figure and landscape by embedding the possibilities and limitations of technology within the physicality of situated actions – creating simple artworks which avoid the organizing principles of the static or single frame and viewpoint.

For CV:  www.danshipsides.com


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