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Tim Knowles

Mungo Bush Walk

HD Video Projection [Single channel, long duration, immersive, large scale projection]
Duration 11 hours 35 minutes
Dimensions variable
 
 
Mungo Bush Walk
HD Video Projection [Single channel, long duration, immersive, large scale projection]
Duration 11 hours 35 minutes
Video still courtesy the artist


Chance is crucial to Tim Knowles’ work, which is generated by apparatus, mechanisms, systems and processes beyond the artist’s control. Akin to scientific experimentation a situation is engineered in which the outcome is unpredictable, directed by the external forces. These operations or performances seek to reveal the invisible forces in the world around us and investigate the nature of hidden systems. Whether it is the artist himself walking for days guided solely by the wind mapping his route to reveal the winds path through a specific landscape, the movements of a parcel through the postal system, or the intricate movement of a hundred weeping willow branches each with a pen attached to its tip, drawing as it is blown by the wind.
 
For Palimpsest #9 Knowles created a durational walking work which both captures and portrays the landscape of Lake Mungo National Park and World Heritage area and his journey through it. Using a handmade pinhole lens adapted to his digital camera Mungo Bush Walk is bathed in golden light. This piece follows on from the Kielder Forest Walk, in which Knowles attempted to walk in a straight line through the forest for eight hours. The walk resulted in an eight hour film and a series of large scale prints which capture his journey through the forest.
 
Knowles has adopted a number of different systems, strategies or mechanisms in order to direct his walking works, whether directed by the wind, following the path of greatest incline like water running downhill or attempting to walk in a straight line. Recorded in different ways these walking pieces always reveal the landscape and capture the process of moving through it, in a similar way to his Spy Box / Post Box works which recorded a parcels journey through the postal system in a sequence of thousands of images.
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