Seascape, Stokes Bay, 7th February 2009 at 21:08pm

Susan Collins

As part of the autumn season openings and special opening hours of the Hamburg Galleries pre-opening hours:
Saturday, 8. September 2012 at 12 a.m. – 6 p.m followed by the Private View 7 p.m in the presence of the artist.

Running from 09.09.12 – 09.11.12 (3. – 16.10.12 closed)
Opening Hours: Wed – Thu 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. / Fr 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday by appointment

The London artist Susan Collins installs webcams capturing unique and breathtaking digital landscapes. In her first show in Osterwalders Art Office in 2008 she explored rural English and Scottish landscapes whereas this series addresses the sea as its subject. The exhibition will comprise both large and small format digital prints of Seascapes, a selection drawn from her archives.

Seascape is a body of combining digital technologies with the classical traditions of English landscape painting. The project presents a visual exploration into the natural cycles of tide, time and light across the South East coast of England.

It features a series of gradually unfolding digital seascapes created using imagery captured in real time by webcams installed at five key seafront locations along the south east coast between Margate and Portsmouth: Margate, Folkstone, Bexhill, Pagham, and Stokes Bay.

Sited at each location for up to a year, these webcams transmitted and archived the seascape images with each image constructed a pixel at a time, from top to bottom and left to right, in horizontal bands continuously. Each print is made up of individual pixels collected over a six and a half hour period, approximately the time it takes for the tide to come in or out. The horizon is framed for each location, forming a fragment of the continuous panorama of the South East coast, where sea and sky combine with stray pixels revealing other presences such as passing ships, yachts, people, birds and windsurfers.

The prints shown together reveal the endless fluctuations in light and movement, time and tide as well as the shifting weather conditions that are a characteristic feature of the English coastline and whose ever-changing nature has attracted painters for generations.

Susan Collins is currently Professor of Fine Art and the Director of the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London where she established the Slade Centre for Electronic Media in Fine Art (SCEMFA) in 1995.

Seascape was commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella and the De La Warr Pavilion > , Bexhill-on-Sea, and supported by Arts Council England and the Art and Humanities Research Council.

For more information please visit the project website

german version
Susan Collins
Shez Dawood (shez360)
Christiane Gerlach
Heino Goeb
Vanessa Grannum
Kevin Francis Gray
Richard Hartwell
Tim Head
Bertolt Hering
Eva Klatten
Volker Lang
David Neat
Martin Paulus
Nemo G. Struckmeier

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