Derek Hart  

Drawn Down (Lake Meadowbank)
2010, 2-screen video, 2560x1600, 21 minutes, no sound.

In May of 2010, Lake Meadowbank on the Derwent River in Tasmania was 'drawn down' six meters over thirty six hours, remaining so for two days while the spillway gates of the dam wall were inspected and tested as part of Hydro Tasmania's dam safety programme. The flooded waterway hadn't been lowered this much for over forty years.

In this work the exposed environment along the river is documented in measured stretches for the length of the lake when flooded, from a boat with two locked-off cameras and shots going through permutations of pairs from a set of cinematic lenses. The two videos capture different fields of view in temporal synchronisation: the original river channel is revealed and a water level mark has become visible across and within the surrounding landscape.

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