Armstrong, Keith, English, Lawrence, & Lickfold, Luke (2015) Temporal. [Exhibition/Event]

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An evolving meditation upon the complex, periodic processes that mark Australia’s seasonality, and our increasing ability to disturb them. By amplifying and shining light upon a myriad of mysterious lives lived in blackness, the work presents a sensuous, deep engagement with the rich, irregular spectras of seasonal forms: whilst hinting at a far less comforting background increasingly framed by anthropogenic climate change.

’Temporal’ uses custom interactive systems, illusionary techniques and real time spatial audio processes that draw upon a rich array of media, including seasonal, nocturnal field recordings sourced in the Bundaberg region and detailed observations of foliage & flowering phases from that region. By drawing inspiration from the subtle transitions between what Europeans once named ‘Summer’ and ‘Autumn’ and the multiple seasons recognised by other cultures, whilst also including bodily disturbances within the work, ’Temporal’ creates a compellingly immersive environment that wraps audiences in luscious yet ominous atmospheres beyond sight and hearing.

This work completes a two year long project of dynamic mediated installations that have been presented in Sydney, Beijing, Cairns and Bundanon, that have each been somehow choreographed by environmental cycles; alluding to a new framework for making works that we named ‘Seasonal’. These powerful, responsive & experiential works each draw attention to that which will disappear when biodiverse worlds have descended into an era of permanent darkness – an ‘extinction of human experience’. By tapping into the deeply interlocking seasonal cycles of environments that are themselves intimately linked with social, geographical & political concerns, participating audiences are therefore challenged to see the night, their locality & ecologies in new ways through extending their personal limits of perception, imagery & comprehension.

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ID Code: 83832
Item Type: Creative Work (Exhibition/Event)
Refereed: No
Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
Contributing Scientist
  • Dr. Peggy Eby
Funders: Australia Council, Arts Queensland, Bundaberg Art Gallery
Measurements or Duration: Multiple media including robotics, projection and sound
Number of Pieces: 1
Location: From date: To date:
Bundaberg Art Gallery 2015-02-11 2015-03-22
Keywords: media art, art and ecology, ecosophical practice, new media, robotics
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)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Interactive Media (190205)
Divisions: Past > Disciplines > Art & Design
Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
  • AUSTRALIA COUNCIL/218030-0032/52
Copyright Statement: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/au/
Deposited On: 30 Apr 2015 22:31
Last Modified: 22 May 2015 00:39

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