Signs that mean nothing #1
digital C-print; 11 x 14 inches; 2007

Signs that mean nothing #2
digital C-print; 11 x 14 inches; 2007

Signs that mean nothing #3
digital C-print; 11 x 14 inches; 2007

Signs that mean nothing #4
digital C-print; 11 x 14 inches; 2007

Signs that mean nothing #5
digital C-print; 11 x 14 inches; 2007

Signs that mean nothing #6
digital C-print; 11 x 14 inches; 2007

Signs that mean nothing #7
digital C-print; 11 x 14 inches; 2007

Signs that mean nothing #8
digital C-print; 11 x 14 inches; 2007

Signs that mean nothing #9
digital C-print; 11 x 14 inches; 2007

{ the weather seemed to be turning strange... }

{they would have certainly needed a guide... }

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{ ii certainly looks supernatural... }

{ I fell asleep next to some rocks... }

{ }

{ apparently the sound was deafening...}

{ she looked familiar... }

{ }

{ world radio news, the headlines... }

{ no one will know... }

{ we won't tell anyone... }

This series of photographic works acts as a counterpoint to the docudrama film midnight, mid-Atlantic… by presenting both matter-of-fact and mythologized views of the Icelandic landscape.

 
In the series Signs That Mean Nothing, singular, man-made elements are presented in the landscape, reflecting the implied objective, orthographic nature of the documentary photograph - their linear installation referencing the narrative of the documentary timeline structure. Conversely, the large-scale prints, Gullfoss and midnight, mid-Atlantic, echo the spectacle and grandeur of 19th Century landscape painting and the digitally enhanced cinematography of the Hollywood epic.

 
The diptych Tourists, an extension of the Location Shots series, depicts two protagonists photographing themselves photographing the Blue Lagoon, Iceland’s most well known tourist destination. Not only do these images call into question how we use photography to assert ‘I was there’, but also the veracity of the images that surround these tourists.
Who is behind the camera?

 
Completing the loop, the final work is the film poster for the Martin MacAnally film Keflavik – the original starting point for the Researcher’s investigation in the docudrama
midnight, mid-Atlantic…

Credits

Cast

Stine Gonsholt
Systa Gunnarsdottir
Arildh Mehn-Andersen
Jill Wood
& Katharine Wilson


including music by

Bedroom Walls
Very Large Array
ERH

Filmed on location in Iceland


Written & Directed by
Duncan Ganley

Reviews

"A plot worth taking in, from start to finish"

Douglas Britt - Houston Chronicle

"...posing the rhetorical question of who is behind the camera"

Nicholas Kersulis - Artlies

"A taut study in withholding catharsis or conclusion"

Christopher French - Art Papers