Gutter  (2.5min loop)

At your lowest ebb you crawl along suburban gutters hoping to salvage a wallet, some cash, some way out of subsisting in the real . You become like some hungry Victorian rat on its run or a miserable street scum fugitive. As you consume your lowness, you fill your shovel like mouth with the slurried away filth, and your corpse melts to nothing. This is an abject act but occasionally you have reprieve as you descend away deep into beautiful dark lakes of abandon to surface again, from this puddle towards the slippery light of the artificial moon. This short looped version shows the rapid death of the camera.

(The Video on this page has been lightened slightly for easier viewing, the full quality piece is darker and made to be viewed in the dark)

If i could see all...

These two pieces are to be seen on 2 separate monitors in the original piece, one facing the other. They were made after ‘What makes me what makes you’, (South London Gallery solo show) where I used Scotland Yards Identikit-Efit system to create faces randomly, making it possible to count the population of the world, never repeating the same face.
The faces in this particular piece are constructs, but could exist. They are full of humanity and devoid of it at the same time, leaving the viewer in an uncomfortable position with the uncanny, with interpretation, the absence of mouths lending the images an animal appearance, a primitive semblance as in the holes cut out to form a mask.

Some Reviews of Gravity and Others:

Art in America, November 2003. Grady T. Turner (Section)
The biennial included some extraordinary video projects. In addition to those mentioned above, a sequence of cliff-hanger moments--of the literal variety--taken from films was presented by Derek Ogbourne of Great Britain. One hand grasps at another, only to slip and grab at a ledge, only to slip again, suspending cinematic apprehension for a maddening 25 minutes.

TIME OUT LONDON July10-17, 2002. (CELL SPACE) Sarah Kent
Cell inhabits an empty office block in a run-down street in Dalston- an unpromising scenario, but, hidden round the side, the entrance reveals a serious, artist-run space. A suspenseful sound-track leads you to Derek Ogbourne's darkened space where his film 'Gravity + Others' propels you into a bottomless pit. One hand clings on to another until, grip weakening, the person drops - not to their doom, but to the next handhold - a branch, cable, beam, gutter, rooftop or rope. Feet scrabble to gain a foothold, but failure always follows and the person plummets once again. Re-shooting key moments of cliff-hanger suspense from favourite films, Ogbourne has joined them together to form an endless descent into the abyss which, through repetition, becomes extremely funny. Would-be saviours offer help, but clothes tear, belts unravel, ropes fray and grips fail; other scenes feature aspiring murderers cutting ropes, stamping on fingers or brandishing guns. In retrospect, this light-hearted exercise assumes more seriousness; it makes an apt metaphor for daily life.

Sharjah Biennal 6, Sharjah, U.A.E, 2003. Christopher Kuhl (Section)
Derek Ogbourne (United Kingdom) offered a mad, 29-minute video of an endless freefall of hands slipping out of control. It was totally engrossing despite the rough-cut style

Gravity and Others (section) 2003


I Remember...

This is the full piece

Selected Video Pieces 2