Relentless coastal erosion has seen many metres of land lost to the North Sea’s ravages. With the capacity to both reveal and remove, its sustained attack shapes and creates unique landscapes of which to investigate. But at a cost, as the land recedes with it homes and communities disappear.
The film records the physical traces of erosion upon the coastline using the photographic nature of cine film. Through experimentation with the mediums susceptibility to external forces such as the sea, weathering and physical corruption by hand, it constructs an experience of the landscape exposing the eternal conflict between land and sea.
The soundtrack produced by Demain Castellanos comprises entirely from a one-minute looped field-recording of waves breaking on the shore. The recording was looped and as each loop progressed manipulated, using purely outboard effects for an organic and analogue sound quality. Effects applied were distortion, phaser, flanger, reverb, reverse reverb, all short reflection delays that enhanced tones from the original sound source. These effects were recorded back into the original recording until the ‘waves’ became a wash of sound taking on a violent, corrosive and destructive form.
Drawing attention to this beautiful yet ruthless inter-change of state, I present an alternative perspective from which to observe our eroding coastline and perhaps momentarily change the way we look at it.