Friday, December 28, 2007

FIGMENT Sydney Festival

This is a dance work about schizophrenia, again with Choreographer Narelle Benjamin. I imagined I would have unlimited imagery for a work about mental illness but no, there's a huge responsibility making a substantial work about it. It is attempted through multi planes of image making, then fracturing them together, based on a real person's experiences. Its important for an audience to see the whole picture to relate to the mental state, but its been a while since I've felt schizophrenic, so this work can only be an external view into a whole and complex existence. I am trying to think that we are all schizophrenic in our relationship with the urbanized world but I can't tell if I am in that state or have adapted and desensitized myself from it. Again we are using a black scrim front projection for states and ghostly presences and a rear projection onto a 2 x 1.5m One Way Mirror for positive and reflective psychic states. Its an example of a symbiotic expressionism in dance and projection that cannot be logically explained.
INTO @ Riverside Theatres 8-12th Jan,
The Studio Sydney Opera House 15-20th Jan 2007
Dancer: Kathryn Dunn
Sound: Huey Benjamin

Friday, October 26, 2007


This is a new work directed and performed by Deborah Pollard and three firemen. It traces memories of the Canberra Bushfires in 2003 pivoting on a live overhead camera projection of the floor plan of Deborah's family home which was destroyed. The voice overs of her family members articulate the vivid detail of the moment but we show little of the actual event in images. There are two strands of imaging the event, the cold, technicality of re-drawing the house plan in live camera and a subconscious projection of a masculine principle and its relation to trauma and grief. This is embodied by a life size model of a horse, the three yellow clad, anonymous firemen and the projections of doorways and windows leading into forests, the doorway into the heart and guts of the horse and the parallel of the suburban and the wilderness meeting in tragedy. I'm looking forward to a 3 day break at the end of 12 weeks constant work.

Performance Space @ Carriageworks
26th Oct - 4th Nov 2007

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Quietly Collapsed

After almost 6 weeks this 3 minute video directed and performed by Rosie Dennis
is almost at the end of the tunnel. Its shot and edited on hdv, the process just able to eek out of my G5. Produced by the ABC and Channel 4 in the UK. New teams, numerous people in the chain of events, epileptic editing restrictions and grading limits... so complex, its back to the inefficiency of film and tv. I've become so used to getting up late and going to film some mpegs by myself and shifting images around randomly. Some of the editing in this was random, a lot of it was single frame adjustments left and right to get movements to jump cut nicely. Rosie made some radical edit shifts which made the sense of the choreography leap forward. For me, shooting in a brightly lit, brand new office building, its a film where there's nowhere for the filmmaker to hide. Everything is exposed, transparent and very 'video'. It is serving Rosie's quality of performance though I think, and taking it to a new place developed by chopped-up editing.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Language of Loss

This performance, directed by Nikki Heywood and devised by Matt Prest, Lizzie Thompson, Michelle Outram, Costa Latsos, Siobahn Murphy with sound by Jason Sweeney, projections and design by myself, unlike many other projects, allows us to search without the need for answers. I am constantly trying to tie things up and tie them in but apart from sound and image resonances, the work resists analysis. Although it is based on the performers' real experience, ambivalence reigns, an unrelenting, unconscious sculpture... phew... humbling... beyond conscious, before construction...

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


An Inter Arts Grant, Gail Priest and I produced a one week development with 2 showings at Carriageworks, Performance Space.
I designed two large 16:9 screens with some expensive front and rear projection diffusion cloth, suspended in Track 12. Technically analogue, feeding into three vision mixers but from a combination of live camera objects (Nick Ritar, Cicada, VIC), Isadora (Scott Morrison, NSW) and Arkaos with a Numark mixer (myself) developed two, 45 minute sequences in which we each crossed over with sound artists, Gail, Jason Sweeney (SA), Peter Newman (NSW video also) and Ai Yamamoto (VIC). We had a great week, trying to produce something that wasn't the usual solo-artist-type event where we would overlap and create new partnerships. The plans of setting up half outside was impossible because of the floods going on out there, so we had immersion inside.

Saturday, May 19, 2007


A ten minute dance/projection piece in BODYTORQUE with the Australian Ballet, Sydney Theatre, May 2007.
Choreographer, Narelle Benjamin and myself use our formula screen design - Black Scrim downstage with high contrast black and white 'ghosted' objects with a background on White Cyc. 7 weeks of time lapse video of 4 different roses growing and dying at the beginning of winter. They flower in a derelict room, three dancers from the ballet company articulate a man's early death and his surrealist signals from the afterlife. Music: 'Drive By' - The Necks.

Friday, May 04, 2007


Apart from me reversing the polarity on electrical devices, the laptop has done some fast rendering through a showing of Nargun and the Stars (Erth) at Carriageworks and a development of "Miss and Miss Elder" with Julie-Anne Long. In M + M Elder, Julie-Anne goes on a long shopping expedition with her projected sister to Westfield Eastgardens. There these elderly sisters have enjoyable hallucinations but it leads one to question whether her sister's projectionism means she is a figment of the imagination. It is a project looking at lonliness and invisibility of old people in a busy world.
PERFORMANCE SPACE @ Carriageworks 9-13th October 2007.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Improlab: 45 Downstairs

Improlab performed for four nights in Melbourne in the new space at 45 Downstairs, Flinders Lane.
This space is beautiful, old wrinkled floorboards, a brand new rig with nice new profiles and fresnels. One whole wall of old windows next to a narrow lane full of weeds. The receptions in Melbourne were very warm with lots of interest and feedback.
Every night we ate in Chinatown. It was a good chance to bond and develop this work further - the forth incarnation.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Remixing the old

"I Shatter" is remade from material I made in Hill End with the Darling Patricia's
called "Invisible Cities" which has continued to be very invisible because its too long and we're not in Hill End anymore... It should be on at the inaugural
Performance Space Nightime #1 in April. (narrated by the Magnetic Fields song 'I shatter')

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Carriageworks Open Weekend

Performance Space included Simulated Rapture as an installation for the open weekend at Carriageworks.
It was a general public opening. It was hectic.. a bit like the Powerhouse Museum on a Saturday. Its an exciting space, but like a giant white horse, so big its hard to get on it, but fascinating, but it makes you feel like you've got to upgrade all your gear...
This was the basic setup - 2 monitors with separate JBLs. It reads well that way, but there was the suggestion of doing 4 monitors, each with a separate performer's world.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Elusions: postphotography and fascination

an article by George Alexander
in a book on Post Photography by CCP
Some quotes in response to 'Strange Eyes'
- see comments below

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Trust and Try ABC

The ABC has bought "Trust and Try" for five years. A five minute film by Julie-Anne Long and shot and edited by myself. Again it was the most simple film, like 'Potsdamer' I think it took about an hour to edit. It is basically four single takes of simple vaudeville acts with Michael Whaites, Kathy Cogill and Narelle Benjamin, Rakini Devi and Julie-Anne with a clicking super-8 projector as a soundtrack... with a few indiscriminate speed changes.