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photo Chris Fortescue
Cook East Cook West 2000.
In Sunburn Kampnagel K3, Hamburg. Also shown in Meeting Lines
Cook East Cook West is a 2-video installation shown on 2 monitors playing simultaneously. The video footage is made from the Indian Pacific train, which travels daily between Sydney and Perth, including across the Nullarbor Plain. Cook is a settlement in the centre of the Nullarbor, and also approximately in the centre of the Australian continent on the east-west axis. The left monitor shows the landscape visible as the train leaves Cook travelling west towards Perth. The right monitor shows the landscape visible from the train as it travels east towards Sydney. The landscape is constantly flat and appears to flow into the space between the monitors, while the pattern of flat grey vegetation and red sand constantly moves.