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The tide toward the shore @ Firstdraft

On a recent road trip around the Murray River in regional NSW I collected video footage of passing landscapes, shooting mainly out of the car window. I took these visual field recordings flying through space at 100km/h. Filming in this way made me think about what it means to be in a place—how we understand and connect with place—and also the idea of moving between places. The state of being in transit, of transitions, of journeying. Taking these ideas back to the studio, I have been processing the video and experimenting with different projection surfaces to create an audiovisual installation that represents a landscape in motion between one place and the next. The title, The tide toward the shore, is borrowed from George Maciunas’ 1963Fluxus Manifesto.

Come see the work at Firstdraft gallery from 15 August to 1 September 2012. Opening 6-8pm Wednesday, 15 August 2012.

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D.I.A @ MOP

D.I.A.
A collaboration between 2010 Firstdraft Directors:
Connie Anthes, Grace Archibald, Lionel Bawden, Georgie Meagher, Debbie Pryor, Dylan Quirk, Kate Scardifield & Jessica Tyrrell
June 2011

The Directors of Firstdraft 2010 present a new work as part of MOP’s ARI showcase series in 2011. By choosing to work outside the parameters of each directors’ individual artistic practices, the resulting installation elevates a collaborative process to the role of art object. D.I.A. is a playful musing upon an endless series of openings and closings; ultimately involving the spectator in the creation of the spectacle.

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Thursday – Saturday 1 – 6pm, Sunday + Monday 1 – 5 pm
+ 61 2 9699 3955

2/39 Abercrombie St
Chippendale
Sydney, NSW 2008
Australia

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DNA Symposium

I recently attended the DNA Symposium on interactive narrative, digital storytelling and database documentary at Concordia University, Montreal.

Below are some images of the artwork which I presented at the symposium – The South Sydney Project interactive audiovisual installation.

Serial Space Residency

Over the next ten days I will be undertaking a mini-residency at Serial Space in Chippendale from 3 – 13 November 2010.

I will be blogging about my residency here.

The project I am developing during the residency is an interactive audiovisual installation using archival material called The South Sydney Project. The archive I am working with was created by historian Sue Rosen in the early ‘90s. It charts a social history of 20th century South Sydney through 60 video interviews with people who grew up in suburbs such as Redfern, Surry Hills, Chippendale and Waterloo between 1910 – 1980. Over the past few years I have developed an installation practice based on the re-interpretation, re-processing and re-imagining of documentary and archival material. After stumbling across this archive, I became fascinated with the interviews and negotiated to access the material to re-interpret it into an installation artwork.

Memory Flows

The Field, 'Headwater', live audiovisual performance @ Memory Flows opening launch

15 May – 20 June 2010

The Memory Flows exhibition involves a range of approaches to artmaking that stream together to make an integrated but textured whole. All of the artists share certain themes and concerns — around rivers, streaming, collaborating, and encountering audiences in new ways. The exhibition venue, the Armory Gallery, is 500 sqm former explosive storehouse on the southern banks of the Parramatta River, and provides an ideal backdrop for works exploring the nature/culture nexus.

The project is an interdisciplinary collaboration: the artists come from different practices (including new media, sound, media arts and performance) but share a concern with the environment. Their approaches vary, however, and they use a range of tactics — from play and humour, to locative and mobile mediated practices, to the poetic. All of the artists are highly experienced and have participated in major interdisciplinary media arts festivals and events.

Presented in partnership with the Centre for Media Arts Innovation, University of Technology, Sydney.

Curated by Norie Neumark, Deborah Turnbull and Sophia Kouyoumdjian.

The Artists

Ian Andrews
Chris Bowman
Chris Caines
Damian Castaldi
Sherre DeLys
Clement Girault
Jacqueline Gothe
Ian Gwilt
Megan Heyward
Nigel Helyer
Neil Jenkins
Solange Kershaw
Roger Mills
Maria Miranda
Norie Neumark
Shannon O’Neill
Greg Shapley
Victor Steffensen
Jen Teo
Jessica Tyrrell

The Vanishing City @ Firstdraft

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The Vanishing City, a new installation work, will open at Firstdraft gallery on 29 April 2009 from 6-8pm.

The Vanishing City is an interactive audiovisual installation that transforms the gallery space into an emotional disaster site. Filling the gallery with sound and video of collapsing buildings, the work taps into social anxieties surrounding disaster—our collective fear of collapsing structures; from the twin towers of the world trade centre, to the world financial markets, to our own personal relationships.

The interactivity of the work draws the visitor in, with each step causing the environment to respond with sound and imagery until the once dormant gallery space comes alive. The Vanishing City places the gallery visitor in the eye of an aesthetic storm, where the possibility of imminent disaster seems enveloping.

Exhibition opens: Wednesday 29 April 2009, 6-8pm
Exhibition continues: to 16 May 2009
Artist talks: Saturday 16 May 2009 at 4.30pm

Narrative Drive at Liquid Architecture 9

Narrative Drive will be included as part of the installation program in the Sydney leg of Liquid Architecture 9 on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 July 2008 at The Factory theatre in Marrickville.

Narrative exists as a force of nature – it is a basic human way of experiencing our place in the world. We tell stories because it is our tool for thinking about and structuring time, allowing us to project ourselves into the past and into the future. Narrative Drive is an audience-driven interactive sound and video installation that explores the centrality of narrative in human experience. The work plays on the idea that there is an innate ‘narrative drive’ in human beings which compels us to search out and impose narrative structure onto lived experience. Narrative Drive uses the sculptural object of a real car, parked in The Factory car park, as a vehicle for a metaphorical ‘drive’ through this story of storytelling.