Tuesday, November 24, 2015

ARTELES: Drawing in the Dark

Cupboard Building
A month of blissful video etching at Arteles Residency, Finland. I made Series 2 of video light drawings based on phenomena of the place: “Momen”. Standing outside in the night, tracing a kind of blind, sensorial trance with a small led light. Drawing without seeing what is being drawn allows one to be taken into other senses outside the visual and further into the unconscious memory of events.  Only later after the processing do these non-representational impressions materialise like light sensitive paper revealing traces in a photographic darkroom. These line impressions are then reprojected back onto the various spaces which inspired them.  They indicate the affect of seeing and re-seeing but are also another phenomena delayed in time. This drawing in the dark allows for non-visual phenomenology to influence mark making like a child etching something into the void without seeing or knowing it. 
(1st-30th September 2015)
Bike Rides Haukijärvi

Sample 1           Sample 4         ARTELES Catalogue

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Synergy and Noreum Machi tour

Supersense Melbourne tech run
On tour with Synergy Percussion and Korean shamanic drumming group Noreum Machi in a two year collaborative project, Earth Cry.  A three-screen setup using Resolume, and a mass of reconstituted animism videos I made in the Australian bush. A third of the material was in 4K panorama mapped onto three HD outputs and the rest were HD central images with distorted peripheral material projected onto the side screens.  Often in international collaborations there isn't enough time to evolve one's practice very far into the other culture, (I wasn't part of the two year development and travel to Korea) though some people mentioned the watery animations from the Daintree reminded them of other countries. The translation of animism in my work to the traditional shamanic understanding in Korean drumming was a large assumption to make in a short amount of time (only 4 days rehearsal in Sydney with Noreum Machi, but 4 weeks of preparation remotely).  I worked mainly on the principle that shamanic music is meant to alter the state of mind through complex rhythms. 

Working with accomplished musicians such as Synergy meant that each performance had to be partially improvised. Classical musicians can build on their known repertoire - very different to devised contemporary performance work and I was very dependent on months of work made previously on artist residencies.  It was good to find a place for this material and to showcase the Australian environment in this intercultural context. 

TOUR: August 5th-15th at Arts Centre Melbourne (Supersense Festival), Bathurst Memorial Arts Centre, Canberra and Sydney City Recital Hall.
Video samples (at 2.05)

Saturday, May 30, 2015

24 FRAMES Carriageworks

'White Record' by Lizzie Thomson - a 4 channel dance film installation
Commissioned by Carriageworks
concept: Lizzie Thomson
camera/editor: Sam James
sound: Kevin Lo

Opens Carriageworks Sydney
18th June-2nd Aug 2015


Still from projections of the development showing at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.A ten day re-development for me to dramaturg the visuals of this pop-music theatre show with Cambodian Space Project, directed by Carlos Gomez.  Huge fun, spontaneous improvisation, a lot of sampling, remixing and compositing images from the internet as well as some fast reviewing of Cambodian History.  60's rock culture dominates in the visionary manager, Kampot based Julien Poulson's world.  It is a revival of optimism, created by the mixed contemporary interests of the band, and led by the incredible voice of Kak Channthy. 
Showing at: Riverside Theatre and Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Sydney Festival 2016/World Theatre Festival Brisbane 25 Feb 2016

Friday, January 30, 2015

SíM Residency Reykjavik

'what happens outside, happens inside'
Reykjavik residency at SíM Seljavagur: warm video lines in ice, the inability to determine distance and scale because of extremely fine tonal ranges of snow, the human body is a warm, cocooned point of view through slits into the blue monotone fields.  You can be walking on ground which is normally liquid or on rocks in layers of indeterminate folds.  Snow fills the gaps of everything with variations of what can be considered solid.  Walking through these fields is both dense and vapid at the same time, Cartesian planes cease to exist the only passage is an indeterminate and continuously fluxing, sensorial engagement.
16 video light drawings on various spaces, situations and events, presented in a lightbox.

Interminable Present:
video series (as part of Encryption Keys 2011-15) 
SíM House - FRAMES 28-30 Jan 2015
with: Lona Hansen (Norway), Eeva-Liisa Puhakka (Finland), Samuel James (Australia), Yumi Chung (South Korea), Jacobus Capone (Australia), Michael Bennett (England), Linsey Walker (Australia)
- installation view