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Martin Walch, 30 sec, Australia, 2004. Digital Video

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Produced and Directed by: Martin Walch
Thanks: Copper Mines of Tasmania
SBS Independent: Commissioning Editor: Glenys Rowe
ACMI: Executive Producer: Clare Stewart
ACMI: Production Manager: Philippa Campey
© Martin Walch

ARTV: produced with the assistance of ACMI and SBS Independent


Martin Walch mixes the toxic beauty of his own photographs with industrial and geographic documentation in this animated pan across an area of the Mt Lyell mine, Tasmania.

Biography - Martin Walch

Born 1964, lives and works in Hobart.

Walch studied at the Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania, and completed an MFA by research in digital stereoscopic photography and landscape. He has undertaken a residency with Copper Mines of Tasmania at Mount Lyell and has shown locally and internationally at exhibitions including: Photographica Australis, Asia tour; Naarden Photo Festival, the Netherlands; ARCO, Madrid; Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art; Australian Centre for Photography; and SOFA, New York. Walch was joint winner of Siglo magazine's National Collaborations Prize for Writers and Photographers and is the recipient of Australia Council and Arts Tasmania grants. He was recently appointed to the Visual Arts/Craft Board of the Australia Council.

Artist Statement - Martin Walch

'The Mt Lyell Mine on the west coast of Tasmania has been the inspiration for much of my artistic production over the last ten years. During that time I have built up a vast archive of images and documents that relate to the site and the people that have transformed it. This animation is a brief response to that place and its complex landscaping, as well as the toxic environmental consequences of past industrial processes.'

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