Stevens, Grant William (2012) Mingling. [Visual Artwork]

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In this video, white words and phrases fade quickly in and out amongst small bursting dots of colour. Set to an energetic, synthesised soundtrack, the animated text combines, and sometimes confuses, an internal monologue with dialogue and overheard conversations. The unfolding narrative follows an unnamed narrator through a crowded social event. By visually and textually mixing self-conscious reflections with polite conversations, “Mingling” explores the social niceties and nervous behaviours that often inform our interpersonal experiences. Through its fast-paced and disjointed rendering of verbal communication, the work playfully draws out the sometimes-awkward and uncomfortable dialogues that exist between personal and social, internal and external, imagined and actual.

This work was commission by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia (Sydney), to celebrate the organisation’s major redevelopment and acknowledge the generosity of individuals and organisations who supported the capital project.

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ID Code: 50101
Item Type: Creative Work (Visual Artwork)
Refereed: No
Funders: Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia
Material: Digital Video
Measurements or Duration: 5:30 mins
Location: From date: To date:
Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia (Sydney) 2012-03-30
Keywords: art, video, language, social, self-conscious
Subjects: 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)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Grant Stevens
Deposited On: 04 May 2012 07:00
Last Modified: 04 May 2012 07:00

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