4K transferred to HD
17 mins

Harvest (2015) was shot in the National Botanic Gardens and follows a character as he attentively records the sound of plants as they are watered during the course of a morning. In the opening section of the film the leaves of a plant are wired with custom built contact microphones, which record the sound of the water as it makes contact with the plants surface. This process was filmed blurring the lines between documentary and fiction and what is real or acted. The sound recorded from the surface of the plants is reintegrated into the narrative of the piece and becomes the dominant soundtrack in the final section, effectively allowing the viewer to listen to the sounds of the environment as it 'experiences' the sensation of the water. The use of a real protagonist working in a real environment is a fundamental element, which creates a narrative ambiguity by blurring the distinction between the real and the fictive.

“The terrain on which Harvest rests forms part of a greater ground of practice in contemporary art, a current or trend defined by the measured and considered use of moving image to build model environments from the hard stuff of the real. This is a current, if not necessarily a wave of film that exists in the in-between world of documentary and art. In such films, real people (and in all Healy’s films the protagonists are male) play themselves, without actually engaging in dialogue. They work in silence. This ‘current’ coaxes us into imagining who the person is, leads us to question why they are acting in the way they do, in a place that has no name. ”
– Dara Waldron (Terrain catalogue essay)

Camera: Martin Healy
Sound Design: Karl Burke
Actor: Will Seery
Edit: Martin Healy

Thanks to Brendan Sayers, the National Botanic Gardens and the OPW