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Fathom: soundings from artists in residence 2012

David Birkin

FATHOM was an exhibition of commissioned work produced from Four Corners' 2012 residency programme.  Artists David Birkin, Walter Hugo and Tess Hurrell developed new bodies of work using Four Corners' film and photographic facilities and space. This residency pilot, supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, met an identified need for artists working in film and photography, who have few opportunities for practice-based experimentation.  Projects were selected by photographer Stephen Gill, artist Gayle Chong Kwan, and Project Director of House of Illustration, Gill Henderson.

David Birkin Reconstruction, a split screen piece, is oblique study of the process of shedding and constructing identity, seen from the perspective of an actor taking on the role of a soldier, and a soldier discussing his return to civilian life.

Walter Hugo Iconostatus, 18 hand tinted and gold leafed tintypes produced using a room size camera, complete with 19th century brass lens. East London street youth are photographed using antiquarian production processes, with long exposures capturing them in entirely new ways. 

Tess Hurrell Still rushes, a film installation of photographs, explores the language of analogue photography and its digital transformation. Images of the canals and waterways of Hackney explore the movement and flow of time.  Over 200 darkroom prints were re-photographed onto 16mm film stock. 


Symposium at London Metropolitan University on 21 November explored production-led residencies and curatorial approaches, and include presentations from the artists in residence.