For two years Jem Finer left a camera in a tree, a passive observer, recording all that passed before its lens. Distilled from the 18,000 photographs captured, Still lies somewhere between a film and a photograph – a still image in a state of constant flux. We see the same view through the seasons, through rain and shine, day and night. What seems static is actually an endless series of transitions both subtle and dramatic.
Still is not a film in any conventional sense. Neither its duration nor structure are fixed; it has not been edited into a final form, burned onto a DVD or left to play in a loop. No two viewings of the work are ever the same, as Still, composed in real time by a generative sequencing system, is continually finding new and different paths through the days, weeks and months.
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Still was commissioned by Stour Valley Arts