The Remnant

Armstrong, Keith M., Muller, James, & Barclay, Leah (2010) The Remnant. [Digital/Creative Work]

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An Interactive Installation with holographic 3D projections, satellite imagery, surround sound and intuitive body driven interactivity. Remnant (v.1) was commissioned by the 2010 TreeLine ecoArt event - an initiative of the Sunshine Coast Council and presented at a remnant block of subtropical rainforest called ‘Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve’ - located 100kms north of Brisbane near the township of Maleny. V2 was later commissioned for KickArts Gallery, Cairns, re-presenting the work in a new open format which allowed audiences to both experience the original power of the work and to also understand the construction of the work's powerful illusory, visual spaces.

This art-science project focused upon the idea of remnant landscapes - isolated blocks of forest (or other vegetation types) typically set within a patchwork quilt of surrounding farmed land. Participants peer into a mysterious, long tunnel of imagery whilst navigating entirely through gentle head movements - allowing them to both 'steer' in three dimensions and also 'alight', as a butterfly might, upon a sector of landscape - which in turn reveals an underlying 'landscape of mind'.

The work challenges audiences to re-imagine our conceptions of country in ways that will lead us to better reconnect and sustain today’s heavily divided landscapes.

The research field involved developing new digital image projection methods, alternate embodied interaction and engagement strategies for eco-political media arts practice. The context was the creation of improved embodied and improvisational experiences for participants, further informed by ‘eco-philosophical’ and sustainment theories. By engaging with deep conceptions of connectivity between apparently disparate elements, the work considered novel strategies for fostering new desires, for understanding and re-thinking the requisite physical and ecological links between ‘things’ that have been historically shattered. The methodology was primarily practice-led and in concert with underlying theories.

The work’s knowledge contribution was to question how new media interactive experience and embodied interaction might prompt participants to reflect upon appropriate resources and knowledges required to generate this substantive desire for new approaches to sustainment. This accentuated through the power of learning implied by the works' strongly visual and kinaesthetic interface (i.e. the tunnel of imagery and the head and torso operated navigation).

The work was commissioned by the 2010 TreeLine ecoArt event - an initiative of the Sunshine Coast Council and the second version was commissioned by Kickarts Gallery, Cairns, specifically funded by a national optometrist chain. It was also funded in development by Arts Queensland and reviewed in Realtime.

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ID Code: 33091
Item Type: Creative Work (Digital/Creative Work)
Refereed: No
Funders: Treeline Ecoart Event, Arts Queensland, Kick Arts Cairns
Material: Holographic imagery, dual screens, blackout construction, computers, 5: 1 sound system
Measurements or Duration: 7x4x3m
Number of Pieces: 1
Published Source: Treeline Ecoart Event & KIckarts Cairns
Publisher: Cairns Optometry, Cairns
Location: From date: To date:
Mary Cairncross Rainforest Reserve, Maleny, Australia 2010-05-28 2010-06-16
Cairns Centre for Contemporary Arts, KickArts Gallery, Cairns 2011-06-03 2011-08-06
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Keywords: Interactive Installation, Media Art, Ecological Art, Ecosophy, Art and Environment
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Electronic Media Art (190203)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Keith Armstrong, James Muller & Leah Barclay
Deposited On: 12 Jul 2010 00:30
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:35

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