Sentinel (South) Martin Newth + Pippa Oldfield

9 Mar 2012 – 19 Apr 2012

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9-5pm Mon-Thurs 9-4pm Fri and Sat

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Arts University Bournemouth

Poole, United Kingdom


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Sentinel is a project that examines and explores British Second World War pillboxes and their potential to act as cameras and provide a unique perspective on the British landscape. The British countryside is peppered with thousands of pillboxes, which are simple concrete and brick defensive structures designed as look out points and built between 1940 and 1945. The exhibition will be accompanied by an essay/publication of new work, with an essay by Pippa Oldfield. The exhibition examines the relationship between these pillbox structures, landscape and memory; ideas about the relationship between photography, the picturesque and the sublime; and the possibility of the pillboxes becoming cameras themselves, exploring ideas that underpin photography and vision. The Project and exhibition includes distinct phases with overlapping photographic methods; photographs of the structures, transforming the pillboxes into cameras and making composite videos where the intended position of the gun is replaced by the camera.

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