History of the Receding Horizon

Artist’s Film

Artist: Kathleen Herbert
Colourist: Jateen Patel

28min digital film installation


A History Of The Receding Horizon is inspired by Kielder in Northumberland. Kielder has the clearest skies in the UK and houses the Kielder Observatory. It is also home to the largest manmade lake in the UK, which is surrounded by Europe’s largest manmade woodland. The film follows astronomers in their hill top observatory as they look upwards measuring light in the vast expanses of space. Further down the hillside below the observatory is Kielder Water a flooded valley a manmade reservoir and an environmental historian looking into the water, searching for the areas drowned past.