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Composition with RNZAF Red Checkers for five-channel video installation

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Alex Monteith, 3/3 RNZAF Red Checkers exhibition documentation, Te Tuhi, Auckland 2009 from Alex Monteith on Vimeo.

One-shot uncut documentation of "Composition with RNZAF Red Checkers for 5-channel video installation" Alex Monteith 2009 installed in Modern Physics, Te Tuhi, Auckland.

This documentation shows the 3rd and final portion of the 26 minute installation - unedited to show the work running. (19mins-26mins of 26mins). This clip shows portions of 4 of the 5 simultaneously running projections.

N.B. two extra clips (1st ten minutes & last 6 minutes of the work) are shown in the clips the clip titled:

"Alex Monteith, 1/3 RNZAF Red Checkers exhibition documentation, Te Tuhi, Auckland 2009" (0min-10min of 26min work)

"Alex Monteith, 2/3 RNZAF Red Checkers exhibition documentation, Te Tuhi, Auckland 2009" (19min-26min of 26min work)

Composition with RNZAF Red Checkers for five-channel video installation

 

Year: 2009

 

Medium: Five Channel Video Installation

 

Work description: Composition for Royal New Zealand Air Force Red Checkers for five-channel video installation

A series of specific new maneouvres were co-developed by RNZAF Red Checkers squadron Leader Scott McKenzie and artist Alex Monteith. The flight routine encorporated five simultaneous HDV recordings shot over the tail of the five Red Checkers planes as they fly two separate routines specifically choreographed for five-channel reinstallation. A new formation of the "mirror" maneouvre was developed specifically for the artwork (the mirror is a formation in which a pair of planes flay above eachother, but the top plane flys inverted / upside-down) and artwork is the first time in the world manouvres like the mirror, 5-ship spaghetti-break, 1/4 clovers and barrel rolls are viewable from onboard all five craft in a video installation context. The works are five uncut takes of the red checkers flights, each filming rearward over the tail of the plane. The soundtrack is the engine note of each plane (diagetic only) with the addition of the lead planes communications (radio) of the manouvre instructions and timings.

 

 

Recorded at Ohakea RNZAF Airbase, Aotearoa New Zealand

Performed 1st April 2009. A project collaboration between Alex Monteith, Royal New Zealand Air Force Red Checkers acrobatic display team and  New Artlands TVNZ7.

 


Work details:

25 metre x 3 metre video installation with 5 -channel audio

Five-individual video channels projected at 5 metres x 3 metres 

 

There are three versions of the composition;

Composition no.1 - Victory formation (VIC), 8min looping cycle.

Composition no.2 - Echelon formation (Line Astern), 12min looping cycle.

Composition no.3 is the full version; continuous footage of both the Victory formation, planes repositioning on the runway into the Echelon formation, completing the Echelon routines, landing and returning to the control tower, 26min looping cycle.

 

NEW ARTLAND 30min TV documentary on the RNZAF Red Checkers project (documentary following the making of the project) 30 Nov 2009 TV broadcast: 

http://tvnz.co.nz/new-artland/s2-e13-video-3195674 (link to TV doco)

This TV broadcast as a podcast for New Zealand viewers only.


RNZAF Red Checkers Pilots:

Plane no. 87 Mckenzie (Lead), Position 1

Plane no. 91 Cochran (deputy Lead), Position 2

Plane no. 96 Burns, Position 3

Plane no. 92 Saville, Position 4

Plane no. 97, Beetham, Position 5

 

Installation details: Composition for Royal New Zealand Air Force Red Checkers for five-channel video installation 

Five projections, each panel 3mx5m, David Jones 5ch sync unit

5x DVD Pioneer V8000, with amp, and 5 speakers.

 

Acknowledgements and arrangements:

New Artlands, commissioner & production development & support

SQNLDR Kavae Tamariki, RNZAF

SQNLDR Scott McKenzie, RNZAF - collaboration and development of the formtation composition

RNZAF Red Checkers Pilots Mckenzie, Cochran, Burns, Saville and Beetham

The University of Auckland & Elam School of Fine Arts | NICAI - HDV cameras

Sarah Munro - all production stills (link)

 

Premiere exhibition:

Modern Physics, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts (link), October-December 2009, Auckland, Aoteaoa | New Zealand

 

Photo documentation above (images 1-10)

1. Alex Monteith, sound recordist and C4-airtrainer plane

2. RNZAF Red Checkers performing barrel roll while recording the artwork

3. Alex Monteith and New Artland TV crew, Ohakea Airbase runway as the Red Checkers fly the VICTORY formation while recording the artwork

4. VICTORY action, Composition with RNZAF Red Checkers installed, Modern Physics Exhibition, Te Tuhi, Auckland 2009

5. Alex Monteith loading an HDV camera, Scott McKenzie (Lead pilot RHS) & C4 Airtrainer pre-shoot

6. Line-astern action, Composition with RNZAF Red Checkers installed, Modern Physics Exhibition, Te Tuhi, Auckland 2009

7. VICTORY action, Composition with RNZAF Red Checkers installed, Modern Physics Exhibition, Te Tuhi, Auckland 2009

8. All RNZAF Red Checkers c4 Airtrainers and pilots returning off the runway after the work had been shot, Ohakea Airbase, Manawatu, NZ

9. RNZAF Red Checkers, line-astern formation documentation from the ground during the recording of the art work

10. Alex Monteith and New Artland TV crew, Ohakea Airbase runway as the Red Checkers fly the line astern formation while recording the artwork

 

Video documentation (1-4)

1. Composition for RNZAF Red Checkers - Installed in Modern Physics international group exhibition, Te Tuhi, Auckland Oct-Nov 2009. Various shots from around the gallery space -shows spatial array of projections.

2. Maquette of all 5 channels of the work inserted into one video-screen to allow a preview of the action. In the artwork EACH of the individual video channels are a full res individual projection.

3. Full resolution clip from the third/centre projection, the action is from Scott McKenzies cockpit.

4. 2. Maquette of all 5 channels of the work inserted into one video-screen to allow a preview of the action. In the artwork EACH of the individual video channels are a full res individual projection.

5. Exhibition documentation of Composition for RNZAF... installed in Modern Physics/ Te Tuhi/ Auckland. Single long take from a fixed position in the gallery. The shot shows four of the five channels running.