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Orientation Studies

Stuart Marshall

Video Installation

Orientation Studies

Eight monitors placed side-by-side on their backs show a tape of edited shots of flowing water (waterfalls, streams, rivers). The row of images is seen from a platform giving a viewing distance of approximately 6ft.

The shots are organised through camera orientation, camera movement, and editing to establish two autonomous and frequently contradictory structures. The first concerns relationships between images which allows them to be read as repeated images or as gestalt - the change being effected by camera movement or editing. The second concerns the relationship between the camera/provideo event viewing orientation (looking up, across, down) and the viewer/video viewing orientation (looking down), the former being used to undermine or reinforce the latter - changes again being effected by camera movement and editing.

First shown at 'The Video Show', Tate Gallery, London, May/June 1976

London Video Arts Catalogue, 1978.

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