A conversation in images, co-curated with Lisa Stefanoff.
Featuring short experimental works by Carolina Saquel (France/Chile), Sebastian Lowe (Aus/NZ/Denmark), Grayson Cooke (Aus/NZ) and Dugal McKinnon (NZ) and a special feature screening of ‘OPEN AIR’ (9pm).
Tutto de contrapunto,video, 18’00”, 2014-18.
by Carolina Saquel <https://carolinasaquel.com>
A filmic essay concerning ritual, violence and movement in the ritual race “Ardia de San Constantino” in Sardinia. One hundred horses and their riders run a circuit around the Church of St Constantino to commemorate the triumph of the Catholic faith over paganism 2,000 years ago. Multiple immersive cameras located on the legs of riders, on the backs of horses, and on their flexing muscles captue the interaction of bodies at speed.
Te Ao O NgāHui (The Wide World of the Gourd), multiple-screen video, 8’14”. 2016.
by Sebastian Lowe <https://www.cairnsinstitute.jcu.edu.au/sebastian-lowe/>
A short experimental film that explores how taonga pūoro (traditional Māori instruments) practitioners come into dialogue with the voices of the atua, or the multiple deities. Made in collaboration with Alistair Fraser and Russell G. Shaw, as part of a wider project on musical composition and perception with taonga pūoro in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Old Growth– a series of 3 art/science audio-video installations by Grayson Cooke combining environmental critique with material enquiry. The series features time-lapse macro-photography of photographic media being chemically destroyed.
i. Deforest, single channel video, 10’19”. 2015.
Sulphuric acid, a highly corrosive acid that burns to the touch, is used to dissolve photographs of old growth forest from subtropical Queensland.
ii. Bleach, single channel video, 9’15”. 2016.
Sodium hypochlorite and nitric acid are used to dissolve photographs of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
iii. Frack, single channel video, 8’41”. 2015.
A kind of ‘virtual fracking’, using chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing to destroy photographs of sedimentary rock.
2 time/sound works by Grayson Cooke and Dugal McKinnon.
This Storm Called Progress, dual-screen audio-visual installation, 15’20”. 2016.
Footage of South Australia’s Naracoorte Caves is juxtaposed against Landsat satellite images of Antarctic ice shelves, and acoustically framed by an electronic score, pitting geological ‘deep time’ against the technologically amplified time of the present.
Metamorphism, multi-channel audio-visual installation, 10’01”. 2018.
A creative reflection on resource extraction and its effects on the environment. It focuses on mining slag waste from the Blinman Copper Mine in the Northern Flinders Ranges of South Australia, as a way of imaging the incredible forces human society and technology exert upon the earth. This project continues a long-standing collaboration between media artist Grayson Cooke and sound artist Dugal McKinnon, investigating the relationship between geological ‘deep time’ and the technologically amplified time of the human.
9pm *SPECIAL FEATURE FILM SCREENING*
video, 70’00”, 2018.
A mesmerizing screen composition produced by Grayson Cooke, energized and harmonized by the combinatory intensities of the paintings and processes of Australian painter Emma Walker,the music of acclaimed audio-time magicians, Australian ‘long jazz’ cult trio The Necks(‘One of the greatest bands in the world’ – the New York Times, 2018), and Geoscience Australia Landsat satellite images of Australia from the ‘Digital Earth Australia’ program.