A commission for ArtSOUTH this work is a three screen video projection and is the outcome of collaboration between the British Army, six contemporary dancers from the New Movement Collective and myself. Filmed at Longmoor training camp the work investigates ideas of movement, place and visual information using night vision technology employed by the army both in combat and for news reports. The Army provided the location, access to the technology and insight into its use and effect, while the dancers responded to this in developing new choreography for the site. The work deals with notions of the covert and the overt, the sense we have of the action taking place as something hidden is foregrounded by the familiar green of night vision camerawork while the nature of dance itself is very much about display. The collision between ideas of movement and action, the hidden and the seen produces a tension in the finished work. This is very much intended, the viewer responding to dance in an unfamiliar place, recorded in an unfamiliar way.
Shown here is an edited version, when installed each screen is blank for short periods of time and at different times, allowing the viewers gaze to wander and search.