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 slow-motion, 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.
Campo doble/visor (Tarin Kowt)
Place where the work was made
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
© Shaun Gladwell
Where the work was made
Shown in 5 exhibitions
Art 41 Basel, Exhibition Venue Unknown, 16 Jun 2010–20 Jun 2010
Shaun Gladwell: stereo sequences, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, 01 Jun 2011–14 Aug 2011
The power of doubt, Muso Colecciones ICO, Madrid, 02 Jun 2011–11 Sep 2011
Shaun Gladwell: Perpetual 360° sessions, SCHUNCK*, Heerlen, 03 Sep 2011–27 Nov 2011
Collection+: Shaun Gladwell, Galleries UNSW, Paddington, 06 Mar 2015–25 Apr 2015