Shared Reckonings: Catherine Truman at the Museum of Economic Botany

Santos Museum of Economic Botany and The Deadhouse, Adelaide Botanic Gardens.
24 February – Sunday 2 May, 2021

In Shared Reckonings, renowned South Australian artist, Catherine Truman, explores the impact of light on human vision and the growth of plants. The exhibition combines thermoplastics and photo-luminescent powders with exquisite, thought-provoking results. Catherine’s work, which is presented as part of the Adelaide Festival, was created following two concurrent residencies at the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium, and the Flinders Centre for Ophthalmology at Flinders University. It was influenced by powerful themes: the catastrophic bushfires that swept the country last summer, climate change-induced biodiversity loss, and the global pandemic.

I’ve been fortunate to have … Click here for more.

SALA 2020: The Unwelcome

from floodtide

The 2020 South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA) is mostly on-line this year. I have put together The Unwelcome, a showcase of my video art commenting on the environment, corruption, border controls, colonialism, authoritarianism… unwanted circumstances that, by design or active neglect, now or in a dystopian future, can make us, and those around us, feel isolated, afraid, oppressed, forgotten, erased, silenced… unwelcome.

Click here to see The Unwelcome entry in the SALA 2020 program.

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The Ferrovores in Atticus Review

My video poem The Ferrovores had been published in leading USA literature magazine Atticus Review. It has since been picked up by Moving Poems (USA) and ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival (Germany) facebook page.

Filmed mostly in the southern Flinders Ranges, it explores the idea of alternative energy sources for food after environmental collapse.

“this time, this place… beyond open circulation closed reciprocity… closed hydration spheres wrought cast smithed… this is what we are what we eat … “

Iron is the most common metal on earth. Indeed, it forms much of the molten core of the planet which in turn generates the earth’s magnetic poles. The red soils of the world are due to iron. At a biochemical level, … Click here for more.

VESSEL 2020 at Hart’s Mill

VESSEL 2020 is a large joint exhibition at Hart’s Mill, Port Adelaide, curated by Tony Kearney and showing through February and March as part of the 2020 Adelaide Fringe Festival.

sloop in a silo (ship in a bottle) was constructed by Tony Kearney and Paul Atkins with a massive charcoal drawing by Amanda Sefton Hogg in a giant disused steel silo at Hart’s Mill. I made the soundscape to go with it. All the audio samples were recorded in the silo and include Amanda creating her charcoal drawing.

Listen to the complete soundscape on Bandcamp…

Here is Amanda creating her amazing work in the silo.

floodtide and more at the 8th International Video Poetry Festival, Athens.

I was very excited to attend the 8th International Video Poetry Festival in Athens in December 2019. On the first night, I did a live spoken word performance with my video floodtide; my video future perfect was screened; and another video Game Over – Grand Final Edition was shown as part of a collection curated by Marie Craven. On the second day, I took part in an extended symposium / workshop on how we make video poems, and then performed some of my own poems as part of the multi-media concert that night. The whole Festival was an amazing and inspirational experience!

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Video art in The Wrong

The Wrong is a massive international project of on-line digital art organised into a series of pavilions, embassies, routers and events running from November 2019 and potentially beyond that. I’m delighted to have videos in two different pavilions.

with my eyes closed: imaginary midline was one of the first videos I made, originally as part of not absolute, a collaborative exhibition I did in 2009. It’s been picked up for the in absentia pavilion of The Wrong. This collection is touring sites in Italy in 2019/2020.

Game Over: Grand Final Edition is part of Poetry + Video curated by Marie Craven, which has its own pavilion in The Wrong. This collection also will be touring during 2019/2020, including … Click here for more.