Derek Hart  

Buoyant
2010, single-screen video, 1080x1920, 10 minutes, no sound.

In this work, with a view both above and below water, the undulating water appears as a 'wipe' editing technique, using both top and bottom edges of the vertical frame. As the rising / falling movement of the water changes direction the image is flipped vertically and so the direction of vertical movement continues, maintaining its momentum, creating continuity as the image alternates between being upright and inverted. An orange buoy drifts across the field of view, bringing a bold colour to the work. Its buoyancy - object weight and opposing 'upward' force of fluid - can be understood as being in relation to this alternating view, as an element of tension between upward / above and downward / below.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

© 2018 Derek Hart