Friday, November 28, 2008


Led by Hans Van den Broeck (Ballet C de la B) : a three week development at Performance Space with intensive camping/filming at the south of Sydney. Psychological breakthroughs were happening second by second with Hans' tough manipulations and from the periphery, improvised video is forced to to a more rugged level. It must be recorded, but it must be new. It is the catalyst of dream and memory, but at a different time, the mere playing card in a play of real life. The basis of the exercise/experiments lead to a constant, churning invigoration of presence in time, memory and interactions between individuals. Our participation leads one to question whether we are part of this, or whether we are playing roles in a group hypnosis, witnessed by an audience, also partly hypnotized. The daily updates and reformation of material by Van den Broeck makes the artists unable to hold onto 'unauthentic structures' and the improvised thread must be climbed fast before gravity can break it...

Friday, November 07, 2008


A minimal and transformative work by Tess De Quincey with dancers, Linda Luke, Lizzie Thompson, Victoria Hunt and Peter Fraser. Simple for me was simple, objective, working with Tess' video shoots of trees in wind, water near her house and Robin Fox's oscilliscope, using the feeds of Chris Abraham's sound. A very collaborative cross-over, intersection of three states, air, electricity and water... three screens with diffusion cloth repositioned in three formations in the round. The av component was based on using remote, mobile projectors with mac minis cued by Qlab and Quartz Composer and three down projectors in the rig. We almost had independent power on the mobile projectors too but inverters would have been too big, powering large 6000 Lumens projectors. All in the essence of the elemental footage, my editing was sparse and manipulation practically non-existant. Tess' selfless shooting eye already showed what needed to be seen.
Performance Space @ Carriageworks 6th -16th Nov 2008

Monday, September 01, 2008

Tokyo (Aug-Sept)

I can't tell the difference between dream and reality, the streets full of colourful alien co-travellers, stuck in microcosms that I only momentarily encounter, like heavy raindrops in an endless tropical storm. Night showerers are shuffling in yukates in the ryokan, where I'm staying. I'm shooting MPEG backgrounds and foregrounds, waiting for the super-haze to steam off into the less flat afternoon, evening glow, then contemplating middle grounds to flip them beyond child's drawings. In the mornings drinking iced-coffee, eating mayonaise sandwiches and falling back out into endless discovery. When do you come back in? Not sure how to put this all together, I've got too much but not enough.

Monday, August 11, 2008


Sorry to post yet another black and white picture.. can't seem to get colour into these projections! Tone and expressionism always seems to be stronger without the realism of video colour. Coming up is Peter Fraser's 'Tarkovsky's Horse' as part of '2 SOLOS' with Peter and Linda Luke, part of The Weather Exchange. Abstract, elusive, pure choreographic imagery by Peter blends into a flashing, pseudo super-8 front projection with great idiosyncratic sounds by Natasha Anderson.
Melbourne (Dancehouse 15th-17th Aug), Sydney (Campbelltown Arts Centre 21st-22nd Aug, Performance Space, 'Liveworks' 25th Aug-7th Sept)

Monday, August 04, 2008


Russell Milledge, Rebecca Youdell and Nick Mills invited us to the On Edge Festival in Cairns to do the 5th version of Improlab. Jim Denley, Amanda Stewart, Tess De Quincey and myself. With a new approach I poured dozens of mpeg videos captured in the space and the near surroundings into a modified, compacted digital setup, one small hdv camera firewired to Arkaos and the Numark mixer and crossed them with a single live feed of the present space. A relay between live and prerecorded. Each Mpeg went stale after only one day. Starting with uglier conceptual images in the first performance (tourist development and deconstructive shots of bumping in, running schedules, taxi receipts) and returning to a sanctuary of aesthetics on the third performance, burning together Tess's subtle movments, twisted vines, sprays of water, remnants of flooding, lichen, wind blown shadows, tiny fish in mud. That was us, tiny fish in the vast mangrove, on the edge of an infinite blank page.
On Edge Festival, Cairns @ JUTE Theatre, July 31st - August 2nd 2008.
Realtime Review THE STUDIO

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Electronic Church (Berlin)

There is a little man inside machines who turns the meters but they are always slightly faulty. The record of time progresses forward but loses order in the present. The present jumps to anything which has occurred in the past, but because it always moves in regularity we respect its accuracy as a rough measurement of time. Also showing other recent animations from Prague and Glasgow and Calcutta. At Electronic Church, 223 Greifswalder Str, Berlin in Prenslauer Berg, 19th June 2008, 9pm.
With great old and new travel sounds by Gail Priest.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Calcutta Visual Arts Residence

You need to be more than a Bengali poet to put Calcutta into words. This residency with dancers, Tess de Quincey and Santanu Bose was an exploration only of the tip of an iceberg. Iceberg is not a metaphor to use for Calcutta. I am trying to extract high resolution, progressive motion jpeg videos into slow moving graphic energies and cryptic combinations of chaos. An expression of the impossibility of framing in a complex urban environment. We did 2 performances with dance and video at Uma Gallery to audiences of about 40 per night. With some positive responses we passed through unscathed, a mere blip on a fizzling Calcutta radar.

(getting around in Cal)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Anamorphic Archive

For interesting RealTime reviews by
Martin del Amo and Jodie McNeilly
check 'links' above and program notes are in this blog's comments.

Martin del Amo, 1997.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

DANCE SCREEN Sydney Festival

Erin Brannigan has curated a selection of recent dance films presented in a variety of formats in the Studio Foyer of the Sydney Opera House. In this I have 'Midnight Dancer' with Martin del Amo, excerpts of 'Simulated Rapture' with Rosie Dennis and excerpts of '5' with Victoria Hunt. They are on interactive touchscreens designed by David Corbet, limited to 2 minutes, with headphones. I'm going to check them out when we bump in INTO again on Monday 14th.