Shifting dusts

Armstrong, Keith M., Vincent, Charlotte, & Webster, Guy (2016) Shifting dusts. [Digital/Creative Work]

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In a darkened space a human form, spinning steadily in a fluid field, is projected against a white sand-strewn surface, inviting differing states of meditation, stillness and renewal. This video installation invites the viewer to meditate upon and witness the human body disintegrating and transforming whilst in motion.

Shifting Dusts is single channel video installation, presented in a darkened room, depicting a life-sized shadowy, ethereal body, floating and spinning continuously within a backlit petri dish-like circle that is also filled with an ambiguous mixture of fluids and solids. The imagery is projected onto a 1.9m diameter circular, white-sand covered wooden disc, mounted at ankle height. It is accompanied by a two channel experimental soundscape. Throughout the ten minute sequence the body moves from a state of apparent birth, eventually through to an image reminiscent of death, as a layer of granular dust slowly eats away and infuses itself deep into the imagery and increasingly ‘granularised’ sound.

Shifting Dusts engages with the time of human lifecycles to remind us that both we and the world under our stewardship are literally and figuratively turning to ‘dust’. Whilst acknowledging decay, renewal and the transitional, cyclical natures of interrelated ecologies, the work also suggests advanced levels of human induced ecological degradation, now potentially beyond reparation. To achieve these sensibilities the timbre of the work, both in image, sound and physical context, invites differing audience states of meditation, exploration, stillness and play.

Shifting Dusts was achieved through developing new engagement and image making strategies for media arts practice, drawing on the application and re-envisioning of both kinetic and proprioceptive dance/performance knowledges, whilst promoting new opportunities to foster a better understanding of cultural and ecological co-dependencies.

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ID Code: 98450
Item Type: Creative Work (Digital/Creative Work)
Refereed: No
Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
  • TC Howard
Material: video, wood, beach sand, stereo sound
Measurements or Duration: 10 mins , 2.5 x 2.5 x 5m
Number of Pieces: 1
Published Source: Over Many Horizons, Exhibition
Publisher: UTS ART Gallery, Sydney
Location: From date: To date:
UTS Gallery, L4, Harris St, Ultimo, Sydney, Australia 2016-08-02 2016-09-23
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Keywords: ecosophy, installation, electronic art, sustainment, refuturing
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) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Performance and Installation Art (190504)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
  • AUSTRALIA COUNCIL/218030-0061/52
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 The Author(s)
Copyright Statement: Creative Commons Licenses 2.5
Deposited On: 29 Aug 2016 01:56
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2016 23:25

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