Friday, November 28, 2008

Nomads


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

Triptych


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