The Quarry


Description: Single channel digital video and sound projection. Digital formats. 11 minutes
Exhibition mode: Cinema and gallery projection, monitor (looped in exhibition)

Synopsis: Fractured rock forms and pastoral scenes are interspersed as naturalistic and abstracted motifs in this experimental essay film. Shot in Canterbury and post-earthquake Christchurch, The Quarry witnesses the city’s suburban rebuild while also documenting planned sites for new housing developments. The film calls on John Ruskin’s meditations on architectural form to explore the relationship between architectural values and town planning aspirations for a new Christchurch. The Quarry was commissioned by The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand for the exhibition The Quarry, 18 May – 16 June 2013. The Quarry has screened at a number of New Zealand venues including CIRCUIT’s 2014 programme The Artists’ Cinema, Spark Festival Hamilton.


Narrator: Sara Hodge
Music: Torben Tilly
Sound: Ben Sinclair and Chris Todd