Alwast, Peter (2007) Relics. [Visual Artwork]

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Relics is a single-channel video derived from a 3D computer animation that combines a range of media including photography, drawing, painting, and pre-shot video. It is constructed around a series of pictorial stills which become interlinked by the more traditionally filmic processes of panning, zooming and crane shots. In keeping with these ideas, the work revolves around a series of static architectural forms within the strangely menacing enclosure of a geodesic dome. These clinical aspects of the work are complemented by a series of elements that evoke fluidity : fireworks, mirrored biomorphic forms and oscillating projections. The visual dimension of the work is complemented by a soundtrack of rainforest bird calls.

Through its ambiguous combination of recorded and virtual imagery, Relics explores the indeterminate boundaries between real and virtual space. On the one hand, it represents actual events and spaces drawn from the artist studio and image archive; on the other it represents the highly idealised spaces of drawing and 3D animation. In this work the disembodied wandering virtual eye is met with an uncanny combination of scenes, where scale and the relationships between objects are disrupted and changed. Through this simultaneity between the real and the virtual, the work conveys a disembodied sense of space and time that carries a powerful sense of affect.

Relics was among the first international examples of 3D animation technology in contemporary art. It was originally exhibited in the artist’s solo show, ‘Places That Don’t Exist’ (2007, George Petelin Gallery, Gold Coast) and went on to be included in the group shows ‘d/Art 07/Screen: The Post Cinema Experience’ (2007, Chauvel Cinema, Sydney) , ‘Experimenta Utopia Now: International Biennial of Media Art’ (2010, Arts Centre, Melbourne and national touring venues) and ‘Move on Asia’ (2009, Alternative space Loop, Seoul and Para-site Art Space, Hong Kong) and was broadcast on Souvenirs from Earth (Video Art Cable Channel, Germany and France). The work was analysed in catalogue texts for ‘Places That Don’t Exist’ (2007), ‘d/Art 07’ (2007) and ‘Experimenta Utopia Now’ (2010) and the’ Souvenirs from Earth’ website.

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ID Code: 48740
Item Type: Creative Work (Visual Artwork)
Refereed: No
Material: single channel dvd
Measurements or Duration: 2:30 min, infinite loop
Number of Pieces: 1
Location: From date: To date:
George Petelin Gallery, Gold Coast 2007-09-29 2007-10-27
d/Art 07/Screen, Chauvel Cinema, Sydney) 2007-07-21
Experimenta Utopia Now, Arts Centre Blackbox, Melbourne 2010-02-12 2010-03-14
Experimenta Utopia Now, Carriageworks, Sydney 2010-09-25 2010-10-06
Experimenta Utopia Now, Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery. Mornington, Victoria 2011-05-12 2011-06-19
Experimenta Utopia Now, Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart 2011-08-04 2011-10-03
Experimenta Utopia Now, Albury Library Museum, Albury, New South Wales 2011-12-03 2012-01-29
Souvenirs from Earth, Video Art Cable Channel, Germany and France. 2010
Alternative Space LOOP, Seoul, Korea 2009
Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong 2010-02-06 2010-04-01
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Keywords: media art, video art, painting, spatiality, subjectivity
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) > Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Performance and Installation Art (190504)
Divisions: Past > Disciplines > Art & Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Peter Alwast
Copyright Statement: All rights reserved
Deposited On: 16 Feb 2012 22:59
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 02:29

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