The Deep Field (Trilogy) Part One: Initial Conditions (v1).
Screened at UN/GREEN. Naturally Artificial Intelligences
RIXC Festival and the 4th Open Fields conference on Art-Science Research
July 4 – 6, 2019, Riga
This short film is the first of a three-part provocation that attempts to address the complex nature of fieldwork in its relation to contemporary art and research practices.
In Part One: Initial Conditions, the viewer is led through three visually described deep field locations shot by Neal White and Jol Thoms in Utah, USA and Siberia, Russia. All are recognisable as either having scientific or artistic context, set within vast and remote landscapes.
What is less apparent is that two of the locations (Mullard Cosmic Ray Laboratory / Fly Eye Camera, Great Basin in Utah - shot by White, and the Lake Baikal Deep Neutrino Observatory in Siberia - shot by Thoms) are landscape-scale cameras whose tasks are to detect speculative matter (Cosmic Rays, Neutrinos) passing almost undetected through our planet, whilst the third location documents Getty Museum archivists undertaking basic aerial surveillance of land art (Robert Smithson Spiral Jetty, Utah, shot by White). The narrator addresses these landscapes as places in which the deep field engages with the challenges of scalar, temporal and spatial ranges.
The following two films; Asymmetry and Ground Truth will explore contemporary artist research methods in relation to these new fieldwork methods and addressing the site of exhibition. Through the production of the films, each will then be updated to form a complete trilogy on how it might be possible to address the deep field, which lies at the centre of this ongoing research project, exploring new transdisciplinary research methods and related discourse in scientific and post-natural landscapes.
Created by Neal White with Jol Thoms. Published by Office of Experiments and University of Westminster