Array, from the series White Noise

Holdsworth, Dan
White Noise is a series of photographic works engaging with the language of the sublime and uncanny, in order to explore the complex relationship between contemporary industrial society and the natural world within which our technologies and industrial outpourings are not only embedded and suffused but more importantly in the process of ecological feedback. Array was made in Norway, February 2006 whilst staying for two weeks on Andoya Rocket Range base on the most Northerly of the Lofoten Islands called Andoya, situated within the Arctic Circle. Its a very cold remote place, especially in February, and incredibly desolate and beautiful. The Rocket Base is itself situated in a small fishing community of Andeness, which now also supports a large but discreet Norwegian military base. In Array the geometrical form within the photograph is that of a field of the antenna of a radio telescope. The repetition of the structure creates a certain resonance, one that can be found in both man-made and natural phenomena. It appeared to me as if it were a highly organized artificial forest echoing nature. I constructed the photograph so as to make the geometry a thing in itself, to make the background as simple as possible. I wanted the only interruption in the surface of the snowy landscape to be that of this man made structure. I was also intrigued by the abstraction of the lines that give way to the idea of the complexity of humanities project. A certain sense of the uncanny and the sublime intertwined. Dan Holdworth
  • Artwork Details: Image, 122 x 152cm
  • Edition: AP1 of 5 + 2APs
  • Material description: c-type photograph
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme:
  • Medium: Photograph
  • Accession number: ACC25/2009



The Arts Council Collection is the UK's most widely seen collection of modern and contemporary art.

With more than 8,000 works by over 2,000 artists, it can be seen in exhibitions and public displays across the country and beyond. This website offers unprecedented access to the Collection, and information about each work can be found on this site.