Michael John Whelan
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The Good Soil
Frontier
Divergence of Character
Means of Knowing
Now the shadows I measure
From the Mountain
An echo and a shadow
Mercer
Baribal
The sun shone on the
nothing new

Reprieve
A Perfect Circle
Caisson
Assembly
Kindred
Clearing
Since
The Memoirs of a Madman
The Collector of Skies
And penance is the play
Cathedral
Kindred
2008
single channel video, colour, silent
11:00 min



Continuing with an exploration of the phenomenology of nature and temporality, this video presents a family of white stags filmed in Germany. These rare animals hold a place in the mythologies of many cultures, in particular Celtic mythology where they were seen as messengers from the underworld. A fixed camera position is selected, borrowing from the visual language of photography but maintaining a painterly quality.