video & audience part 2 (week 7: testing my boundaries)

video open calls: having submitted one of my video works to the craft council ‘real to real’ craft film festival last week, i have been wanting to find some kind of opportunity to reach an audience for my stereo landscape work which i have been gathering and working on an off on over the last few months. again, searching through open calls, i came across an opportunity to submit work which i feel might allow me to reach an audience for this work and also help me to put some shape on this work in progress.

video submission 2: ‘Every Second Counts’ 30 second films as part of Strangelove Time-Based Film Festival. brief: all time-based genres, 30 seconds duration, responding to the theme of duration in the fast-paced consumer culture of digital media, responding to 30 seconds the length of an advert, the average time to look at an artwork, 12 breaths or 0.008th of an hour. location: launching in the Photographer’s Gallery, London, travelling to Turner Contemporary Gallery Margate, Fabrica in Brighton and Folkestone Quarterhouse. when: 23rd February to 24th March. cost: $7. deadline: 4th Feb. technical specification: mp4 format through filmfreeway. links: and

process: as i have said in a previous post, i have been excited by the idea of considering and/or adding some new elements to my work which video open call briefs tend to prescribe, while also knowing that i need to keep the focus of my work relevant to my line of enquiry re landscape, body and gender (or do i?). this 30 second brief seems to resonate with what i have been doing in terms of looking, engaging with and experiencing the landscape through the body and through the lens – actively looking through an embodied process and an embodied lens. over the last few days, i have been working on some of the stereo lens work that i have collected, playing around with duration in terms of looking. i cut the running frames in an out, playing around with interrupting the act of looking with deliberate not looking, which echoes to the brief time we take to look at anything – artwork, advert, landscape or otherwise. struck by the question, where is the body when we look away or don’t pay attention – i added a sound of the heartbeat which continues throughout the act of looking and not looking – returning to and emanating from the body as any phenomenologist would.

stereo (2019) for every second counts submission

stills from stereo (2019)

submission: the submission required that i sign up for filmfreeway which is a platform for sharing film and video work. although not compulsory, i included a short statement/description of the work (see below) and an artist bio.

statement/ description for submission: ‘Stereo’ (2019) is part of Elaine Crowe’ series of work ‘Landscape and I’ which explores the landscape from a gendered perspective. Countering the viewing of landscape from a single fixed viewpoint, ‘Stereo’ explores how landscape is experienced and viewed through multiple views or a compound eye. Running for the average time we give to viewing art, views of the landscape are interrupted by deliberate looking and not looking. Continuous throughout, the sound of a heartbeat exposes the act of looking as the embodied practice in time and space.

postscript: great news i got an email to say it has been accepted and will become part of the show.


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