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Three Trees

Guy Sherwin
3 min endless loops, black & white silent
gallery installation for 3x16mm projectors and loopers

Three Trees

Reflections of a tree in water, broken by ripples. A single loop of film is inverted and mirrored across 3 screens in everchanging patterns.

Three Trees is a gallery installation which developed out of the ongoing Animal Studies.

Three projected images are next to each other, and each of the three projectors has a long loop of film. Within each loop are shorter cycles. I am interested in making a form in time which is endless, static, and constantly changing.
Movements surface on the water and cross the surface between the screens.
Machines run at different speeds, loops are of different lengths, exact repetition is incalculable or unlikely, and the movement between screens is always changing.
What is suggested is inside or outside the frame, on or below the surface, reflected or real.

This is one of several possible versions for endless loop projection. There is also a three-screen version for single-run projection.

Guy Sherwin showed Three Trees, a three-screen loop installation, at the Royal College of Art as part of the 2003 LUX Open show. The work was projected in a white space with pale marble/terrazzo floors. The black and white imagery consisted of trees reflected in water. The images on the outer screens periodically flip upside down and/or back to front, changing the pattern created by the three identical images. This, combined with the fact that the projectors run out of sync, means that the film never finishes, but the patterns continue to permutate...

The image flipping changes the balance between light and dark within the work, and hence the light level within the projected space. The floor also reflected the image, reinforcing and redoubling the themes of the work as well as contributing to the fluctuations in light levels. The film activates the space, which becomes part of, and reacts to, the film, as a kind of light barometer, emphasising the abstract and material qualities: the work's existence as patterns of moving light and darkness.
Nicky Hamlyn. 'Site Specificity in Film and Video Installations' in Experiments in Moving Image. London 2004

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