Delta City / Noise / Force Fields

Delta: December 2012 – February 2013
City Noise: November 2012 – Febuary 2013
Force Fields: April 25 – June 20, 2010
Three video works by Colab lecturer, Clinton Watkins.

People involved:

Delta – 
Clinton Watkins (Colab, Artist), Air New Zealand (Client), Creative NZ (Funding), Melissa Laing (Colab, Project Co-ordination)

City Noise –
Clinton Watkins (Colab, Artist), Andrea Ord (Auckland City Council, Project Co-ordination), Kevin Church (Digital Photographic Printing)

Force Fields – 
Clinton Watkins (Colab, Artist), and Steven Cleland (Te Tuhi Centre for the Art, Curator),

Delta (2012), Digital Video (00:34:44)
Identifying a common need of passengers within the aircraft, Delta is an aid to relaxation and sleep. Combining delta waves and meditative video footage the video work explores the subjective experience of travel while lulling the viewer into sleep. This work extends upon explorations of how combinations of sonic and visual information affect audiences.

City Noise (2012), Digital Photographic Prints
City Noise is a series of still images generated by distorting video signals with contact microphone based audio recordings of selected locations based in the Auckland CBD district. Employing custom built electronic video hardware the sound of traffic, air ventilation ducts, crowd noise, high-rise building vibrations and walkways is force fed into broadcast test tone colours to achieve a visual representation of noise inherent within the city environment.

The process of electronically force-feeding sound into video creates a synchronized and synesthetic moving image consisting of bold colours visually interrupted by undulating black lines of tonal sound and noise generated in real-time. The video still imagery consists of a single frame that offers a microscopic 40.00000-millisecond view of the noise generated within such an environment.

Force Fields (2010), Digital Video (00:19:58)
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 microphone feedback being forced into monochromes of broadcast test tone colour bands.

Research publications:
• Erewhon Calling: Experimental Sound in New Zealand
• 1000, One step further from birth (12” lathe-cut record)

Clinton Watkins (Colab):
Starkwhite Gallery:


Delta in The Big Idea, NBR and Youtube.

Force Fields on Stephen and Circuit.