the installation of my Tracer exhibition in the Woon Tai Jee studio at BALTIC 39 has begun. Walls have been
coated a rich slate grey, new walls are being built, equipment is starting to
almost a year (minus a few days) since the first day of filming on the morning
of the Great North Run – a year’s journey now about to be made public in the
shape of a three channel video installation. The video runs for twenty one
minutes, one minute for every kilometre of the run.
Sunday I will run the 21km myself, my first Great North Run. Along the route I
will pass all those locations we filmed; in my mind I will run past the early
snowy mornings in Fellgate and the late afternoon sun illuminating the
allotments in Simonside.
the exhibition, then the Run.
edit of the film revolves around the logic of how the camera moves, and it is
the camera that provides rhythm – like a metronome or the drums in a song.
crucial to the work, it creates both continuity and rupture. The soundtrack is
constructed from ambient sound recorded during filming but often used out of
synch. There are two dominant sound elements: the deep rumble of cars crossing
the bridge, recorded inside the Tyne Towers, and the high pitched humming
recorded at the beach at South Shields – one sound from the start the other
from the end of the Run, one urban and mechanical the other produced by nature.
The film has become as much a portrait of the North East, its light and epic skies, as it is a reflection on how human movement articulates spaces through its particular gestures.
After a year of filming with the ten parkourists from Apeuro Freerunning I see environments differently, read them in terms of their potential for movement.
freerunning for me though, I’ll stick to the long-distance, joining the largest
group of people I’ll ever run with.