Stuart Carter

Stuart Carter’s project, ‘Unseen Unheard’ was an investigation into the landscape of Formby Point on the Sefton Coast. His research led him to conclude that this landscape is ultimately a man-made environment. Human intervention has been evident on this land for centuries, from the planting of marram grass, to the more recent ‘unseen’ elements within the environment, such as the building of a sea wall further down the coast. The sea wall has deflected the current, changing the shape of the point and the results of radar used by the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory, that measure and monitor wave energy and frequency. This data has great relevance to the shipping industry and climate change experts. It could be argued that popular perceptions of Formby Point do not necessarily consider the fact that the landscape is changing, or its effects upon science and industry, despite the current and widespread media focus on climate change.

Carter’s interest in making a body of work from this site originated from a desire to highlight the increasing sense of detachment within our experiences of the non –urban. It is his perception that with modernity comes a lack of time to meditate within, and connect with non-urban spaces. The work aimed to connect people with this landscape and refresh their understanding of the natural world and relationship with it.

The work was represented through the projection of photographic images and fixed frame-moving images combined with sound (installation running time 5min).

Years of study 2006 – 2008

Image credits:
Stuart Carter, Unseen Unheard.
Stuart Carter, Scarter Pool.

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