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Interwoven motion

Chris Meigh-Andrews, ‘Interwoven Motion’, installation, 2004.

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Chris Meigh-Andrews, ‘Interwoven Motion’, installation, 2004.

Video installation artist Chris Meigh-Andrews completed work in September on a prototype ‘self-powered’ outdoor video installation in Grizedale Forest, Cumbria. Working with systems engineer Dr John Calderbank, the work was funded by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and Arts Council England.

Entitled Interwoven Motion, the installation utilises wind and solar energy and responds to weather conditions within the landscape at a site overlooking Coniston Water in the Lake District. The work is temporarily installed in a tree on the edge of woodland and produced a stream of video images displayed on a weatherproof LCD display, designed to change in relation to wind speed, direction and ambient light levels.

The prototype was installed for two weeks and is part of Item, a research initiative of Liverpool-based organisation FACT (Foundation of Creative Technology) that aims to bring artists and technologists together. The project, also supported by Grizedale Arts and University of Central Lancashire, has as its ultimate goal the design and building of a semi-permanent self-powering outdoor video installation.

Chris Meigh-Andrews has been working with wind and solar energy for a number of years. Previous video installations using this technology include: Perpetual Motion (1994), Saw Contemporary Art Gallery, Ottawa and Castlefiled Gallery, Manchester; Mothlight (1998) Museum of Natural History, Pisa and Glass Box Gallery, Salford, and For William Henry Fox Talbot (The Pencil of Nature) (2003) at the V&A, London.

Susan Jones

First published: a-n Magazine November 2004

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