Digital video, sound, 18 minutes.
In Leaving Earth, a static shot of a planet or moon is shown, sometimes obscured by cloud and often accompanied by a deep blue satellite object. There is a slight zoom, as if we are approaching the planetary object. However, this zoom is almost imperceptible and prolongs our longing or trepidation regarding the destination.
The work is influenced by our mediated vision of the world and our place in the universe, in that we can ‘see’ much, much further than we will ever physically travel. The sound is both metallic and breath-like, a hypnotic drone which echoes the sound scores of the interior of spaceships in science-fiction films.
Sound mastering by Neil Grant.