Clinton Watkins

Avalanche
2009
Video/Sound
Excerpt 04:49
Avalanche is an infinite video loop that encapsulates the sublime magnitude, awe and beauty of a single white wall of ice and snow enveloping everything in its path. The accompanying sound track composed of filtered white noise, low frequency sine wave pulses and extended harmonic tones is synchronized to each loop. The work itself is an exploration of viewer/listener experience where the immersive repetition of imagery and sound seeks to abstract and re-contextualize the naturally occurring phenomena.

Stride
2009
Video/Sound
Excerpt 05:00
Stride perpetuates a fragment of time by stretching, repeating and therefore suspending a minute moment. High-speed video technology encapsulates in slow motion and detail unknown to the human eye moments such as a single stride of a galloping racehorse and the pendulum motion of a light fixture. Visual subtleties, nuances and movement are amplified at 300 frames per second.

Force Fields
2010
Video/Sound
Excerpt 1 04:27
Excerpt 2 05:37
Force Fields is a twenty-minute video and sound composition using custom developed video manipulation hardware. The unique device developed in 2008 called the AV5-Error enables sound to be forced into an active video signal. Sound then becomes visible through this process. The structure of Force Fields consists of eleven short compositions recorded live in a studio context. Each composition consists of short arrangements of a various pure tone frequencies, metronomic pulse wave clicks, white noise and microphonefeedback being forced into monochromes of broadcast test tone colour bands.

Clinton Watkins

Produces artwork that investigates affects that combinations of sonic and visual information can have on an audience. The key conceptual issues of his work are drawn from an interest in constructing immersive experiences through the use of sound, colour and scale of installation incorporating video projection, television monitors and custom-made audio and video hardware. The visual and sound base of his work focuses on the characteristics, structures, phenomena, and processing of sonic and visual material through the exploration of repetition, distortion, colour, duration and form distilled via a minimalist sensibility. Watkins is also a
practicing experimental musician who regularly produces and performs as a solo artist and collaboratively as an active member of the minimal electronic improvisation sextet, Plains and one half of the electronic noise duo 1000. Watkins has numerous releases of recorded material on a variety of local and international record labels such as Circle, 20 City, Claudia, Mystery Sea, CMR, Absurd and Scarcelight. He has a Doctorate in Fine Arts, and lectures experimental time-based media at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

cwatkins@aut.ac.nz
http://www.starkwhite.co.nz/clinton-watkins-overview
http://circuit.org.nz/artist/clinton-watkins
http://www.frieze.com/issue/article/clinton_watkins/

All works appear courtesy of the artist and Starkwhite Gallery
© Clinton Watkins 2015
http://www.starkwhite.co.nz/