An Observation of Flight

1 min 20 seconds, looping 4:3 PAL with sound, to be projected as large as possible in portrait format

A 4:3 ratio animation turned through 90º to be projected on a wall.
This work is about flight and as such the verticality of the content needs to be emphasised by the form of the work. The work begins and ends on black, this is so it can loop repeatedly. The looping gives the work greater presence; it’s more of an extended picture than an animation. It has a structure but no story.
It plays over and over. A fragment of film, alluding to something much longer, the whole life of a bird spent inside a box at the behest of the scientists observing it. Although the bird is small it takes up the entire area, and can move in any direction.
Nothing else can or will use this enclosure

This piece was commissioned by artisancam, the process of its construction can be seen on the artisancam website: view here

installation view of An Observation of Flight at London Metropolitan University 2011