Continuing with an exploration of landscape film and issues of observation and representation, Sunspot contributes to an ongoing philosophical film enquiry into space-time and an interest in the physics and metaphysics of light. Particularly the way in which through time changes in light and season affect the way in which we perceive film space.
Through a long continuous take of the Sun, Sunspot presents the viewer with a ‘real time’ phenomenological experience of change, transience and the eventual transformation of light. As the light increases and decreases according to the movement of clouds which work as a screen to both reveal and obscure the intensity of the suns light, bearing some resemblance to the way in which the cameras aperture mechanism operates . The hand held camera and the way in which this registers movement, together with the acknowledgement of the spectator/viewer position within the cinematic experience, have become an important aspect of my video work . The possibility of chance is built into Sunspot in both image and sound, especially ‘out of frame’ sound, allowing for unpredictable phenomena to occur throughout the duration of recording. The spectators’ perception and phenomenological viewing experience is an intrinsic aspect of this work, both in the observation of what is occurring on screen and in self observation.