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Double field/viewfinder (Tarin Kowt)



Shaun Gladwell


1972 –

  • Details

    Other Title
    Campo doble/visor (Tarin Kowt)
    Place where the work was made
    Media category
    Time-based art
    Materials used
    dual channel digital video, colour, sound
    AP 1, from an edition of 4 + 2 APs
    duration: 00:18:39 min, aspect ratio: 16:9
    Signature & date

    Signed l.c. certificate of authenticity, black fibre-tipped pen "Shaun Gladwell". Not dated.

    Gift of the artist 2012. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Shaun Gladwell

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    Artist information
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  • About

    Shaun Gladwell is one of Australia's foremost contemporary artists, whose work investigates the physical body engaged in sub-cultural performances within various urban environments. 'Double Field/Viewfinder (Tarin Kowt)' 2009-2010 was produced during the artist's tenure as an Australian official war artist in Afghanistan (the town of Tarin Kowt being home to the NATO-ISAF base in southern Afghanistan). Gladwell was the first to use the medium of video/video installation in the history of the scheme, the moving image lending itself to explorations in the role of technology, particularly media coverage, communication and surveillance, in contemporary warfare.

    In October 2009 Gladwell was drafted into the Australian Defence Force for three weeks where he participated in military operations and gathered footage for future works. A synchronised dual-channel High Definition video, televised on two screens facing one another, presents two soldiers stood in the Afghan desert. These two figures, rendered in real time, are caught in a standoff as they simultaneously circle, imitate and 'shoot' one another with their hand-held cameras.

    These scenes are far removed from the skateboarding and break dancing which the artist is renowned for, however the work retains those situational elements of body, movement and landscape which address the nature of occupation and conflict.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 7 publications

Other works by Shaun Gladwell

See all 19 works