A solo show presenting a new body of work by Susan Collins
4 April – 14 June 2009, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea
SEASCAPE consists of a series of gradually unfolding digital seascapes created using imagery captured by webcams installed at five key coastal vantage points between Margate and Portsmouth. Sited at each location for up to a year before the start of the show, the webcams recorded the endless fluctuations in the light that are a characteristic feature of the English coastline and whose ever-changing nature has attracted painters for generations.
The exhibition included a series of real-time projections – each showing an image constructed from digital material drawn from the five webcams. Continually collecting this data – from top to bottom and left to right in horizontal bands – these images were constantly generated and renewed pixel by pixel.
A series of digital prints from this sea of material were also presented as part of the exhibition, whilst a Seascape Website and book featured the vast digital archive of webcam imagery amassed over the period of 12 months.
Seascape was commissioned by De La Warr Pavilion and Film and Video Umbrella with support from Arts Council England and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Seascape has been included in a number of survey publications including, Printmaking: A Contemporary Perspective, Paul Coldwell, Black Dog Publishing, 2010 and The Practice of Light, Sean Cubitt, The MIT Press 2014. Prints from Seascape have been exhibited internationally including a further solo show at Osterwalder’s Art Office, Hamburg 2012.
Prints from Seascape have been acquired by the Government Art Collection; Warwick University Art Collection and UCL Hospital Trust for the UCLH Macmillan Cancer Centre.