UK / Duration 6m 7s / 2011
Reinventing the Landscape is a GPS-triggered work that investigates the landscape by capturing a description of a walk using an abstract visual language. Utilising GPS recorded walks to capture the landscape scientifically and then reinterpreting this data in new exciting ways that references the tradition of painting and drawing.
The resulting film captures the ephemeral act of wandering itself – in fleeting scenes unfolding and then disappearing before they have begun to fully form and extends drawing to include the use of technology, specifically that of scientific instruments such as GPS recorders, to challenge the assumptions of what drawing is or might be.
The drawings begin by taking a walk with a GPS recorder, recording the locations and how far, how fast and how high Stevens has travelled. This data is then transferred into a program where the GPS data is interpreted by a set of parameters created by the artist. The data is read in a sequence that follows his walk and you see this translated as images that develop frame by frame to create a moving image.
Stevens is interested in the cross-fertilization of art with other disciplines and increasingly interested in performative, invitational, and collaborative models for producing. Using contemporary technology as a tool for working with other media in a way that echoes the ephemeral nature of oral cultures. His practice over the last few years has increasingly seen him engage with archives. Leading him to investigate ways to identify holes in local archives and working to fill gaps in these collections. In 2011 he curated a series of events exploring our everyday working lives. This involved two years research working with the community to record people’s memories of leaving school and entering the workforce.