Derek Hart  

Drawn Down (Lake Meadowbank)
2010, 2-screen video projection, 2560 x 1600 (4K), 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 is documented in measured stretches along the length of the lake with two locked-off cameras fixed to a boat and shots going through permutations of pairs from a set of cinematic lenses. The two videos capture different fields of view in temporal synchronisation. A water level mark is visible across and within the surrounding landscape. At one end is the dam wall and at the other the original river channel is revealed.

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

© 2014 Derek Hart