Michael Denton and Anna McCrickard formed Overlap in 1999. Over fifteen years of experimental endeavour, Overlap have developed a unique style and method, beyond the conventional practices. They explore the relationship between stillness and movement through abstract imagery and sound, generating new visual configurations.
Overlap’s video works have been featured at the BFI, London; Tate Modern; the National Portrait Gallery; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Manchester International Festival. Performances and screenings at festivals include: GENERATE, Tubingen; FIBER, Amsterdam; and the STRP Biennale, Eindhoven.
Recent works explore the relationship between still and moving imagery through use of discreet picture planes, obscuration techniques and implied motion within transitions. The view is in movie time but limited to flat photographic space, seen through a perceptual keyhole more akin to memories and dreams.
Overlap's melodic minimalist music is created alongside their imagery. Experiments with sound and image are distilled into single screen pieces, installations and live performances. Inspired by landscape in all its forms, their working process involves adding and removing layers, degrees of opportunism and systematised chance, creating generative combinations ranging from slow transitional paintings, to fast flowing AV performances.
This series represents a new collaboration between Subject Matter and Sedition, the digital art specialists.
Overlap have released 40 unique editions available as digital artworks on Sedition. The video pieces can be viewed on any TV, tablet and smart phone from the browser or using the Sedition apps.
The link to the digital work is here.
Simultaneously, four limited edition prints have become available through Subject Matter, the favourite images to emerge from a long mixing process.
A music of miniature melodies and drone augments aerial views, mazes of lichen, bursts of colour, lights patterning trees, decay and embers of fire. All the iterations converge at a single location with a universal audio-visual layer of blurred trees and white noise: a topiary of mannered landscape, a monochrome border.