An image of Double Field/Viewfinder (Tarin Kowt)

Shaun Gladwell

(Australia 1972 – )

Double Field/Viewfinder (Tarin Kowt)

Other titles:
Campo doble/visor (Tarin Kowt)
Location
Not on display
Further information

Shaun Gladwell is one of Australia's foremost contemporary artists, whose work investigates the physical body engaged in sub-cultural performances within various urban environments. 'Double Field/Viewfinder (Tarin Kowt)' 2009-2010 was produced during the artist's tenure as an Australian official war artist in Afghanistan (the town of Tarin Kowt being home to the NATO-ISAF base in southern Afghanistan). Gladwell was the first to use the medium of video/video installation in the history of the scheme, the moving image lending itself to explorations in the role of technology, particularly media coverage, communication and surveillance, in contemporary warfare.

In October 2009 Gladwell was drafted into the Australian Defence Force for three weeks where he participated in military operations and gathered footage for future works. A synchronised dual-channel High Definition video, televised on two screens facing one another, presents two soldiers stood in the Afghan desert. These two figures, rendered in slow-motion, are caught in a standoff as they simultaneously circle, imitate and 'shoot' one another with their hand-held cameras.

These scenes are far removed from the skateboarding and break dancing which the artist is renowned for, however the work retains those situational elements of body, movement and landscape which address the nature of occupation and conflict.

Place of origin
Afghanistan
Year
2009-2010
Media
Time-based media, DVD, Video
Medium
dual-channel synchronised High Definition video, 16:9, stereo, colour, 18:39 min
Dimensions
dimensions variable
Credit
Gift of the artist 2012. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number
296.2012
Copyright
© Shaun Gladwell