Intervention Self Portrait (Kelgoola), 2015
Intervention Self Portrait (Kelgoola) is a kinetic sculptural work. It was created through an ongoing process of finding ways to capture Australia’s pastoral landscape.
The name Kelgoola refers to the location where the footage was shot, being the title of a family acerage in Megalong Valley; a former mining town in the upper Blue Mountains / Lithgow region. This footage is played back through an iPad mini that slowly moves in a perpetual pan, powered by a hand built rotation device.
The motorised device pans slowly in an endless 360-degree motion, miming the performed action of a rotating self-portrait. Through this process of replicated movement, each sequence of footage is activated by the kinetic functionality of the rotation device. Additionally, the traditional material requirements for capturing and presenting an image – the tripod, film winders and film reel – are brought to question through combined assemblage with the modern iPad.