Derek Hart  

Meadowbank
2010, single-screen video, 1080x1920, 15 minutes, no sound (excerpt).

From a body of work exploring environmental flow. 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, a continuous stretch of the exposed environment is documented from a boat with two locked-off cameras each with a different cinematic lens, at 100fps. In slow motion sequences, two different fields of view captured in temporal synchronisation are edited into a single video.

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