North West [extract]

HDV tryptich
10 minute continuous loop
[2 minute extract] 2011

A study of a Scottish landscape with its own history of indigenous displacement that uses cinematic language to make layered connections to the seductive visual and aural culture of the classic Hollywood Western. The work focuses specifically on John Ford’s location choice of Monument Valley throughout his films through the geological parallels to Scotland’s own sandstone inselbergs in Assynt, Sutherland. North West alludes to the historical relationship between Scottish emigration to the States and the emergence of the American cowboy while exploring mankind’s relationship to land, land ownership and the visual depiction of land as a signifier for notions of nationalism.

Wounded Knee, a singer and experimental vocalist, has created a sound piece to accompany the visuals within North West that draws on and plays with the melancholic tones of the Spaghetti Western and Scottish folk music to create a unique and ambiguous cinematic soundtrack.

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