Derwent explored in large-scale immersive artworks

Tasmania’s pristine natural environment and changing cultural landscape is being showcased at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) in a stunning new exhibition.

The Derwent features contemporary videos and photographs of the River Derwent by University of Tasmania staff members David Stephenson and Martin Walch, along with several historic panoramas and photographic works from TMAG’s collection.

The artists’ research was supported by grants from the University and the Australian Research Council.

Stephenson and Walch’s immersive videos and time-lapse photographs reveal the diverse environments and usages of the river – from the wilderness areas at the headwaters to Hydro reservoirs, industrial zones and the brightly lit banks of the city of Hobart.

To create this body of work Stephenson and Walch collaborated over a five-year period and experimented with new photographic and audio visual equipment and techniques.

Exploring Tasmania’s River Derwent and its hydro-electric developments, the artists have created innovative approaches to digital photography and video that represent environmental changes over an entire watershed.

Through The Derwent exhibition, Stephenson and Walch aim to convey an intimate and immersive experience of this complex river and its dynamic physical and cultural environments.

Their large-scale immersive artworks offer a compelling experience for viewers, providing new visual models for understanding and valuing both natural and human-altered environments.

The Derwent is on show at TMAG from today (Friday, 28 July) to Sunday, 5 November 2017.

Image: David Stephenson and Martin Walch, Watershed Norske Skog (detail of video still), 2011-17.

Published on: 28 Jul 2017 11:20am