ArtConnexions series

King-Smith, Leah (2005) ArtConnexions series. [Visual Artwork]

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The exhibition consists of a series of 9 large-scale cotton rag prints, printed from digital files, and a sound and picture animation on DVD composed of drawings, sound, analogue and digital photographs, and Super 8 footage. The exhibition represents the artist’s experience of Singapore during her residency. Source imagery was gathered from photographs taken at the Bukit Brown abandoned Chinese Cemetery in Singapore, and Australian native gardens in Parkville Melbourne. Historical sources include re-photographed Singapore 19th and early 20th century postcard images.

The works use analogue, hand-drawn and digital imaging, still and animated, to explore the digital interface’s ability to combine mixed media. This practice stems from the digital imaging practice of layering, using various media editing software. The work is innovative in that it stretches the idea of the layer composition in a single image by setting each layer into motion using animation techniques. This creates a multitude of permutations and combinations as the two layers move in different rhythmic patterns. The work also represents an innovative collaboration between the photographic practitioner and a sound composer, Duncan King-Smith, who designed sound for the animation based on concepts of trance, repetition and abstraction.

As part of the Art ConneXions program, the work travelled to numerous international venues including: Space 217 Singapore, RMIT Gallery Melbourne, National Museum Jakarta, Vietnam Fine Arts Museum Hanoi, and ifa (Institut fur Auslandsbeziehungen) Gallery in both Stuttgart and Berlin.

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ID Code: 48321
Item Type: Creative Work (Visual Artwork)
Refereed: No
Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
Sound composer
  • Duncan King-Smith
Material: archival inkjet prints on cotton rag, DVD
Measurements or Duration: all prints 81x56cm; DVD duration 12min,
Number of Pieces: 4
Location: From date: To date:
QUT Art Museum 2005 2005
RMIT Gallery, Melbourne 2005-11-24 2006-01-28
National Museum Jakarta, Indonesia 2006-03-07 2006-03-28
Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi 2006-04-26 2006-05-05
IFA Gallery Stuttgart 2006-06-08 2006-08-20
IFA Gallery Berlin 2006-08-31 2006-10-29
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Keywords: Liminality, Subjectivity, video art, Identity, hapticity
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Lens-based Practice (190503)
Divisions: Past > Disciplines > Art & Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Leah King-Smith
Copyright Statement: All rights reserved
Deposited On: 12 Feb 2012 22:21
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:37

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