HEAT (Tate Modern)

Redfern, D 2008, HEAT (Tate Modern), (Creative Work : Film/video).


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Title HEAT (Tate Modern)
Author(s) Redfern, D
Year 2008
Type of work Film/video
Outlet Tate Modern,London, UK
Medium DVD
Size/Duration 5.00 (min:sec)
Summary "Landscape art has become increasingly important as we navigate the challenges presented by climate change. It is a vexed and vexing part of Australian art history as the proving ground for ideas exploring the relationship of the natural environment to our national identity.

Redfern's research basis was the relationship between constructed subjectivity and the moving image. A greater emphasis on the relationship between site and subject developed as he investigated broader geo-cultural influences on the construction of identity. The realist function of the moving image is a large part of the rhetoric, and reality, of the collapse of space in the 20th century. HEAT engages with our colonial history through the loaded image of a multitude of foxes, a feral, much- maligned part of the current Australian ecosystem. The fox also neatly represents the British as a colonising power. The work utilises a forensic survey of the foxes, slowly revealing their large numbers over the course of the work. The colony/host relationship is complicated as all the foxes presented are dead. Allegorical or historical readings are various, apart from the literal representation of our farming practice of hanging out the carcases of foxes, wild dogs and snakes as a warning (?), trophy or symbol. Challenging landscape convention, we are denied a panoramic vista. With no horizon, and thus no orientation, the searching image and unsettling sound track combine to psychologise the landscape.

Curated by Prof Pat Hoffie, Dr Danni Zuvela (Australia) and Prof Catherine Elwes and Steven Ball (UK), the program assembled works by Australian and British video artists working with landscape. It toured the UK and Ireland, then Australia. Australian video artists included Lyndal Jones, Shawn Gladwell, Vernon Ah Kee, Patricia Piccinini, Destiny Deacon, Daniel Crooks and Brendan Lee."
Subject Electronic Media Art
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