My film response to Salvatore Arancio’s exhibition focuses on the natural forms that his work consists of, from rock formations to his use of the mythical mandrake root. I decided to photograph water balloons popping on a 1/4000 shutter speed in order to freeze the water in a round shape; this concept was based on organic form and furthered itself during editing when against the black background the red water took a more flesh-like appearance. Through some further thinking I decided to pull even more inspiration from Salvatore Arancio’s work and use a bass-heavy soundtrack against the still image in order to change the viewers perception of it. The overlayed ultra-sound bassline creates a new angle to the image, and as the film continues the viewer can discover other details of the image they might not have noticed or percieved if it had been alone.

The solo exhibition showing in the Exeter Phoenix from Friday 27th May to 9th July is by a french video artist named Marcel Dihanet. For the past 25 years he has documented where land and water meet, and the people that live in the surrounding areas.

In /SKY/CANAL/RIVER/ Dihanet had looked at a world half submerged; filming around and in the river Exe as it passes through Exeter and out towards the sea at Exmouth. With it’s large installations it is easy to become lost in the world of water, and to appreciate the interesting views that Dihanet uses within the water – for example by looking upwards from underneath the surface of the water he creates a new perspective that people wouldn’t usually see.Other interesting elements in the work include bubbles and dark shadows that flow across the scene in front of you.

However, I personally found the exhibition quite repetitive, with the (once) intriguing angles being repeated across the selection of films.