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Grounded light

Armstrong, Keith M., O'Neill, Lisa, & Marks, Ben (2003) Grounded light. [Performance]

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Grounded Light was a promenade performance and installation event, staged along the thirty-minute work to a mountain summit and was commissioned by the Noosa Floating Land Festival. It featured a single performer (dancer/performer Lisa O’Neill) whose costume and parasol emanated white light (multiple LEDs) and sound. The work continued on the summit with a solar powered video installation integrated within the mountain’s lookout tower/shelter. This was accompanied by a live trombonist and hundreds of miniature white lights on flexible wire stalks quivering in the wind - set over the plateau and mountainsides. The backdrop was a dramatic 360 view of the Noosa Shire’s lights, set far below.----- Set within the context of a re-envisioned post colonial politics, the work, commented upon contemporary theories of weight and groundedness, contrasting these to the sense of personal ‘separation’ from the landscape that many Australians have once, or maybe in many cases, still do experience. The work garnered strong audience and critical responses and has become a key case study for two published, scholarly papers developing the idea of a ‘Grounded Media” form.----- The field involved developing and deepening understanding of dialogic modes and contexts of engagement between the public and non-gallery-based mediatised performance experiences. The context involved the contemporary practices of land and site-specific performance art in concert with the disciplines the Suzuki Actor Training Method and contemporary experimental Dance practices. Grounded Light drew upon the work of writer Paul Carter to examine the colonial roots of non-indigenous Australians’ enduring psychological discomfort with the Australian land through the practical invocation of Carter’s “environmentally grounded poetics”. The methodology was primarily practice-led.

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ID Code: 9035
Item Type: Creative Work (Performance)
Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
Instrumentalist
  • Ben Marks
Funders: Noosa Floating Land Festival
Material: Dress, LED Lighting, Electronics, Parasol, Soundscape, Live Trombonist, Video projection, Solar power equipment
Measurements or Duration: N/a
Published Source: N/a
Publisher: Floating Land 2003
Locations/Venues:
Location: From date: To date:
Floating Land Festival, Journey up to and on Summit of Mt. Tinbeerwah, Noosa, Queensland, Australia. 2003-10-17 2003-10-18
Keywords: site specific performance, electronic arts, dance, performance art, ecological art
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) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Film Television and Digital Media not elsewhere classified (190299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Visual Arts and Crafts not elsewhere classified (190599)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Interactive Media (190205)
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Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)
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: Creative Commons Licensed Keith M. Armstrong
Copyright Statement: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/au/
Deposited On: 17 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:31

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