Susan Trangmar – In Passing
Susan Trangmar's In Passing has been published as part of the Viewpoint Photography and Landscape.
In Passing (2013) is a video artwork made from aboard the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway as it passes through the landscape from Dungeness to New Romney. Two video recordings have been made from the vantage point of a passenger on board the train, one facing East and one facing West. The video tracks are placed one above the other to make a vertical image which echoes the open door of the train carriage. The two tracks are flowing in opposite directions at once, flow and counter flow, creating a co-incidence of movement- but also a bifurcation, a coming together which is a continual fleeing away.
The video tracks record the visual diversity of the landscape in passing accompanied by a sound track composed of interwoven voices reciting the names of vernacular elements in existence along the track: local house names; local flora and varieties of moth and automobile model names. Slowed down, the rhythm of the footage echoes the rhythm of the sound of the train but also reveals the interlaced doubling of individual frames, fracturing smooth vision. The work aims to draw attention to overlooked pockets of marginal existence and to acts of naming which have varying connotations and identifications.
Susan Trangmar is an artist, writer and teacher who has been exhibiting and publishing for many years. An early training in sculpture and photography has developed into an interdisciplinary practice exploring the production of space and place through lens based practices, sound and text. As well as the UK she has exhibited in Austria, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Spain. Recent essays have been published in the Literary London Journal, Journal of Visual Art Practice, Philosophy of Photography, Photography and Culture. Essays for Photographies and Fragmentation of the Image (Routledge) is forthcoming. Susan is Reader in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, UAL and a member of the editorial board of Philosophy of Photography.