Works · A landscape symphony in 22 movements
Based upon the site of Rumbling Bridge in Perthshire, where the painter J.E.Millais painted 'The Sound of Many Waters' in 1876. Several months were spent at this site observing and recording different impressions. Originally produced for the opening of the Threshold Artspace at Perth Concert Hall, it was displayed across the Threshold framework (a digital canvas of 22 large LCD screens, two projectors, 8 smaller screens and a floor-based speaker system). The main part of the work consisted of a 25 minute sequence of 22 high definition video 'movements' stretched across a digital canvas 22 metres (or 28,000 pixels) wide. In addition, two projections showed the original source footage, while another showed a film of the painting of the same site by J.E.Millais.
The work draws upon John Ruskin's principles of observation, exploring both the site itself and the cultural history associated with the pre-raphaelite landscape. While based on observation of the real, the images themselves appear highly abstract, hard to recognise but retaining the effects of abstracted colour and movement of their original source. As Ruskin said of Turner "there is a truth of impression as well as of form". Soundtrack by Stuart Ross.
This work was produced during a period of collaborative practice with the artist Alexander Hamilton. Several different versions have been shown - from a single screen projection, to 4 screens to the full 32 channel work shown in the Threshold Artspace.
The Threshold Artspace was conceived of and created by Hamilton and Ashrowan. Further details of the project can be found here.