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Moving Image Program

A gallery of current and previously screened works.

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The evolving Moving Image Program at Adelaide Festival Centre displays large-scale digital artworks at the King William Road entrance to the Festival Theatre. Artworks change each month and submissions are open to artists around the world.

Location: King William Road - 24 hours per day, 7 days per week

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Past works

2023 Archive

CAPITAL WASTE, marine_digital_conservation_SA_2023.exe, moving image, 5 minutes

CAPITAL WASTE is a cinematographer and video artist living on Kaurna Country. Their work moves between mediums of feature film, live visuals, music videos, video installations and experimental 3D animation. He is fascinated by the cyborg interactions of how humans interface with machines and enjoys bringing the beautiful imperfections of the human experience into the often sterile digital space.

We live in a time of crisis climate, a time of destruction, displacement, extinction and loss. Think of the Pacific Island nation, Tuvalu who are under existential threat from rising sea levels and in a last chance effort are digitising their entire island to try and to preserve their remaining cultural heritage for future generations before it is swallowed by rising sea levels due to humankind’s obsession with fossil fuels. Think also to the thylacine where the only remains of this now extinct Tasmanian Tiger is a handful of pelts and 80 seconds of silent, black and white 8mm footage. Even if we upscale and colourise this shaky footage, these remaining artifacts don’t do justice to the natural wonder of an entire species. And as the temperatures, sea levels and extinctions rise we will be faced with more devastating loss of the biodiversity and natural wonders of planet earth. This work was created as part of the Make|Shift Exhibition facilitated by The Mill Adelaide and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, with support from City of Adelaide and Illuminate Adelaide.

Alinta Krauth, Reimaginings (what comes after the fire) 2023, digital video, 12 minutes

Reimaginings (what comes after the fire) is a highly personal video artwork by Australian artist Alinta Krauth, developed during residency in Scandinavia. This work is born from the artist’s lived experience of Australian bushfires in 2019/2020 and working with wildlife rescuers and biology researchers to attempt to help flora and fauna in the aftermath. Her long-term practice in wildlife rehabilitation has helped to drive her understanding of what comes after fire, who is impacted most, but also, who can grow and thrive in the wake of what is otherwise a shocking situation. The work tells the story of the reality of certain Australian forested areas, where there is little hope that native plants and animals will return. This work further considers how the process of creating can be a form of healing, as sifting through her own personal footage and stitching it together in this work has opened old sadnesses, then attempted to set them free. 

Alinta Krauth is a multidisciplinary new media artist and interaction designer. Her current focuses include the use of video art, mobile interactive devices, and sensor–based art as a response to more–than–human agency and animal inclusivity. Much of her work involves ecological themes and scientific fieldwork alongside ecology experts and wildlife rescue organisations. 

The Democratic Set, Back to Back Theatre, 8 minutes

Award winning Back to Back Theatre’s latest version of their short film project, THE DEMOCRATIC SET Seoul, South Korea. Tantalisingly strange yet oddly familiar, the film utilises a custom-made set – a neutral room framed by two opposing doors – giving rise to a swift succession of live performances and screen-based video portraits, all created in collaboration with communities. 

THE DEMOCRATIC SET Seoul, South Korea is a cavalcade of portrait, soapbox, and drama, inviting you, the viewer, to be delighted and entranced by the unusual, the comical, the moving and the occasionally provocative carousel of scenes as they glide quietly by.

Based in the Victorian regional centre of Geelong, Back to Back Theatre is widely recognised as an Australian theatre company of national and international significance. The company is driven by an ensemble of actors who identify as having an intellectual disability or are neurodivergent and is considered one of Australia’s most important cultural exporters.

Kelly Reynolds, Pigeon (excerpt), 11 minutes

‘I have been working daily and locally to befriend pigeons. I have sought advice from celebrities: former world boxing champions Mike Tyson, George Foreman (aka ‘Big George’) as well as Her Majesty the Queen of England. No reply from Mr Tyson, however Foreman suggested I read more and the Queen referred me to online resources.

My research included observing pigeons body language has led me to investigate: walking like a pigeon, cooing, feeding, sprouting my own bird seed, attempting a telepathic connection and commissioning a physic reading for a bird I met. Thus far, birdseed and telepathy are the only things that helped me to better connect with pigeons.’ Kelly Reynolds, 2023

Kelly Reynolds graduated from Adelaide Central School of Art with first class Honours (2017). Her field of practice encompasses video, performance, ceramics and installation. Reynolds navigates dominant and normative systems under her own terms. She is interested in objects on the edges of ownership and seeks out peripheral, queer and verge spaces.

Brodie Kokkinos - In Exchange for Silence, 5:00 mins 

Brodie’s practice deals with the undercurrents of imagery and their psychosensorial push and pull upon the spectator. Works act as conjugates for the malevolent forces within image-making systems like advertising, film, cinema, and even contemporary art. Her elaborate reconfigurations act to intervene in their spectral powers, redirecting them as they are in play. 

‘In exchange for silence is a video featuring three femmes walking towards the viewer—forever. Indeed, while their bodies are in incessant motion, they never move forward. They stay caught in a paradoxical state of movement and stasis, which creates a disorienting effect on the viewer (as I learned at the gallery opening, it is a smooth effect achieved with painstaking levels of compositing).

As one encounters the work, we experience a wonderful strangeness walking towards these figures, evoking an encounter with someone we will never truly meet, as they approach us without reaching a destination. Then there are the perceptual distortions that occur when one stares for long enough at the video, as they begin to resemble giants missing one half of their bodies. The question of where they are going becomes loaded with obsessive weight, with every step forward reiterating intrigue (on repeat).’ Diego Ramirez.

Amber Cronin, And Now for the Sun in the Heavens, 2023, digital video, 7 minutes

Amber Cronin and Susan Bruce’s Moving Image works on the Media Screens are part of SALA Festival. They are both finalists in The Advertiser Contemporary Art Award.

Centred around transformational aspects of performance, the slowness and meditative nature of this short film by Amber Cronin (DOP Ben Golotta) highlights the ritual of transformation integral to theatre, performance and life more generally. Set inside a car, the artist’s father, a professional clown, now a man old man, methodically builds layers of makeup to complete his costume, the evening light and the close-up framing draw the viewer into an intimate moment that speaks of personal memory. A deep melancholy and the softened, sentimental nature of this short video work gifts us an insight to the everyday realities of artists.

This work centrally deals with transformational aspects of performance, character, and costume. It takes one of theatres oldest troupes: the clown and contextualises the human aspects of this character through attentively capturing the transformation from man into character.

Susan Bruce, Through My Lens, 2023, moving image, 3:40

Susan’s practice includes moving image work, experimental short films, collage, drawings, prints and artist books. Her moving image work has been shown in Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States in galleries, video and film festivals, and public spaces.

Susan is inspired by the textural qualities of film and the interrelationship between digital and analogue. Her process upends the ‘normal’ hierarchy between analogue and digital: my collages serve as the material that is manipulated and textured to form my digital work, and vice versa.

‘I have created my own landscape by ripping, photographing, drawing, and painting a changing landscape. Portals are used throughout as a metaphor for a lens. There are people situated inside the landscape; construction workers, hikers and someone nestled inside the arm of a crane - and they are made to look small. Also, mobile towers start to appear in the landscape, and seem to be trying to look like trees. Gradually, the towers have increased.’ - Susan Bruce

Tanya Voges, Dance for Tender Times, 8:00 mins

Dance for Tender Times is for everyone going through a transformational change in their life, dealing with their own healing, or travelling through a chapter of their lives alongside another person's journey toward health.

Dance for Tender Times speaks to the changes on a cellular level of a body working through a cancer diagnosis toward health. The supporting hands could symbolise the medical staff juxtaposed with the metaphor of the loss of sensations in the extremities that occurs for some patients undergoing treatment for their cancer.

New Light 2023

Presented by Illuminate Adelaide and ANAT, NEW LIGHT 2023 showcases experimental and diverse moving image works by contemporary First Nations artists.

Following a national call out, NEW LIGHT 2023 features commissioned work that explores compelling and complex concepts, with artworks being exhibited on the media screens at the entrance to Adelaide Festival Centre as part of Illuminate Adelaide’s City Lights program.


Echoes draws on commonly shared experiences of Indigenous people in Australia and focuses on Chantel’s intrinsic relationship with land and Country. This knowledge then echoes. Their bloodlines echo. Their teachings echo. But do these echoes stick around? Or merely come and go with their spirits? Chantel’s contemporary video art explores these experiences and shares the histories of the landscapes that surround us. To deeply connect with Country as it lives and thrives through yesterday, today, and far into the future.

Chantel (Shonny) Bates is a proud Murri woman with connections to Wakka Wakka Country. She is an emerging mixed media artist, interdisciplinary designer and visual communicator currently located in Meanjin. Her contributions to the Indigenous community are formed organically through connections with mob, she is devoted to strengthening and promoting inclusion of First Nations voices in the development Indigenous art. Heavily inspired by community, she takes pride in using her knowledge to create storylines that hold an impactful voice for herself and those around her. She holds a Bachelor of Design from Queensland University of Technology majoring in Visual communications. Chantel incorporates her ever growing knowledge of Country into teaching and takes pride in reclaiming this rich culture to implement an Indigenous voice into future learners.


One minute of explosive authentic animated Australian Superhero Action! Indigenous superhero Zero-Point stops a mugging by some post-humans during a midnight patrol. When it comes to diversity in media, Jonathon goes by the philosophy of being the change you want to see. The character Zero-Point is a love letter to everything he enjoyed in comics and animation. Jonathon wanted to create a cool superhero that just happened to be Indigenous, instead trying to make an ‘Indigenous Superhero’ as there is no one way of being Aboriginal. Jonathon wants One Minute to Midnight to entertain and inspire young artists to create their own stories and start animating.

Jonathon Saunders is a Darwin based Indigenous illustrator and animator. While born and raised in Darwin, Jonathon is a member of the Woppaburra indigenous people, from the Kanomie clan of Keppel Island in Queensland. Jonathon’s artwork focuses strongly on comic book and superhero iconography and re-contextualizing those images within an Australian urban setting. Jonathon explores the themes of morality, heroism and identity. Jonathon is the creator of the award winning animated mini series Zero-Point Season Zero. Jonathon is a remote animator and storyboard artist for Studio Gilay, he is also the co-creator of Wild North Comics, an anthology comic that features comics from artists around NT and beyond. Jonathon regularly publishes new Zero-Point stories in Wild North Comics.

Sara Pathirane and Laura Pietiläinen (Laura - The Light of All), Leda&friends, 10:19 mins

Visual artist Sara Pathirane and choreographer Laura Pietiläinen (Laura - The Light of All) have collaborated since 2019 creating a body of work ranging from video works to exhibitions and dance performances merging together the languages of contemporary dance and visual arts. The artist duo is based in Helsinki, Finland.

In the choreography for video Leda&friends two bird-like ones have landed on the lands of the poet Sappho on the island of Lesbos. It shows a world where bird-like ones cherish dreams, dance together with nature, love and preserve life, and brood a shared mystery: a hyacinth-coloured egg discovered by Leda. The soundscape layers Sappho's poems into whispers from timelessness and space in the oral tradition of lyric poetry.

Dave Court, House Party, 5 minutes

This video is s 360-degree fly through a digital reconstruction of a house that was the central part of my 2021 body of work, House Party. House Party is a body of work based around a painted house, set for demolition, that I was given permission to paint late in 2020. Pieces from this body of work included photographic and video documentation of the painting process, and new works building on ideas, experiments and techniques used in the house across traditional and digital media.

Emmaline Zanelli, The Creature of the Grey Lagoon, 3:10 minutes

This work imagines a modern-day morning routine of a lonely drain-dwelling creature. This super 8mm work takes the Creature from 1954 classic film 'The Creature of the Black Lagoon', and brings him almost 70 years into the future. Rather than a lagoon, the Creature sits bored in the contemporary swampy wasteland of a city drain underneath a highway. He tries to catch seagulls for food, kicks trash around to pass the time, scares a dog, and has a nap. Life is simple.

Sapphire Goss, Dark Morass, - 5:00 mins

Dark Morass is part of the series 'Liquid Nothing', a body of work that depicts tiny hidden worlds perpetually beginning, ending and merging - like infinite droplets of water. The film traverses through primordial swamplands and black water; globules, particles and cells forming and fusing. The effects are made with strange vintage optics, ice filters and liquid lenses. Shot in the Bayou in Louisiana, where creeping salinisation threatens these unique waterlands. Commissioned for SparkHouse London.

Teresa Busuttil (SA) Embodied Knowledge (Monarchs and Minestrone), - 03:21 mins

Each summer monarch butterflies migrate 4,000km from Canada to Mexico, the migration is long and the monarch butterflys lifespan is short. This means that this journey can span over four generations with each generation continuing the migration of their ancestors. This work considers the possibility that we are all inherently carrying the knowledge, skills, and memories of our ancestors.

David Morrell (SA) Avid Creations, Rolling Ball Sculpture - Sphere 3, - 04:19 mins

David is a South Australian Artist who designs and builds kinetic artworks called Rolling Ball Sculptures. Rolling Ball Sculptures, are a celebration of engineering, physics, and creativity. Over the past thirteen years, David's sculptures have been commissioned for both private and corporate clients. Over 180 of Davids sculptures are on display in private collections, businesses, and hospitals around the world. Every sculpture is hand built, and unique. All sculptures are designed based upon the requirements of the client. Rolling ball sculptures capture the imagination of children and adults alike!

2022 Archive

UniSA Bachelor of Design, Illustration and Animation Students Award Winners, Lauren McMaster and Rachael McKay (SA) – Home , 01:45 mins

Home is a project created by Laura McMaster and Rachael McKay in conjunction with the Bachelor of Design, Illustration and Animation Program of UniSA, 2022. The journey of a mother fox trying to provide comfort for her children throughout the transition from autumn to winter.

UniSA Bachelor of Design, Illustration and Animation Students Award Winners, Abby Smyth and Maddie Jude (SA), Hybrid , 1:11 mins

Maddie Jude and Abby Smyth are a two person team of animators. They studied together at UniSA, and share an interest in combining different forms of animation, from the home-made, textural forms of stop motion to precise, emotive hand drawn animations.Spring is tending to her garden when she pricks her finger on a cactus. Her anger at the pain causes her to explode into a fiery summer, and she must deal with the consequences in a story of growth and self-acceptance.

UniSA Bachelor of Design, Illustration and Animation Students Award Winners, Alex Sheldrick + Conor Zada-Schwarz (SA), Autumn to Winter , 0:50 mins

Conor and Alex are up and coming illustrators and animators who are currently completing their 3rd and final year of the Bachelor of Design (Illustration Animation) at the University of South Australia. Conor and Alex specialise in animation both in 2D and 3D. They have worked together on projects for the last year at both TafeSA and UniSA and have become good friends.

This piece of work is an 2D illustrated animation depicting the change of seasons from Autumn to Winter. This animation shows the change of seasons that mostly occurs in the Northern hemisphere as it shows how as it gets colder it starts to snow and lakes start to freeze over. The animation shows how the snow will build up overtime and how the leaves and other elements of the environment can freeze over. 

  1. Project # 10 - Kate Henderson ---  (Anthropomorphic flowers coming to life)
  2. Project # 2 - Alek Zygouris + Lucca Beclu ---  (Autumn & Winter meet)
  3. Project # 5 - Bethany Colclough + Sahar Zamani --- ( Seed creature travels in mushroom rocket)

Tiah Trimboli (SA) – The Inbetween , 03:05 mins

Tiah Trimboli is freelance Filmmaker and Editor in Adelaide, South Australia. Since completing her Bachelor of Creative Arts in 2020, she has contributed to a number of local productions in SA, including television series, independent features, shorts, documentaries and music videos. With aspirations to further develop her artistic voice, Tiah hopes to continue exploring themes such as identity and modern isolation through more immersive interpretations of her work. The In-Between originally screened as a film instalment curated for this year's SALA festival at Sauerbier House in The City Onkaparinga.

Even in life’s most structural tendencies, impermanence and changeability are still ruthlessly and inescapably human experiences. The natural world will always be reflective of this fate. Following five characters in a bleak, office-building, The In-Between physicalises our primal push-and-pull relationship to order and chaos in a modern world.

Tianli Zu (SA) - A New World on Earth , Hand cut paper, animation, Music by Andrew Zhou, 2022,10:03 mins

A new world on Earth is Chinese-Australian multimedia artist Tianli Zu recent video animation created from her signature papercuts with music by Australian young composer Andrew Zhou.

A new world on Earth manifests the elemental breaths that keep all things balanced. It comprises a metaphorical procession with 10 phases of transformation between mysterious shadow and peculiar light intertwined with contradictions, growth, overgrown, decline, rebirth, the cosmos, and microorganisms. They are interconnected and in constant change.

A new world on Earth creates connections and renews the relationships between humankind and nature. The digital work reveals the traces of handmade, the ephemeral and emotions. It provides viewers a meditative experience, to wander, to contemplate, to regain energy, and to imagine a new world that is sustainable for our planet.

Teresa Busuttil (SA) - Passage , 2022, 07:39 mins

Passage is a new experimental moving image work by Teresa Busuttil, commissioned by Fine Print magazine for their satellite program pause ~ play for presentation in SALA 2022.

Working with Maltese filmmaker Emma Mattei, Teresa brings together footage from Malta, Backstairs Passage (SA) and archival footage from Magna Żmien, a grassroots project, advocating for the digitisation and preservation of Maltese home audio-visual collections.

Passage looks at both passages of time and passages of water to consider the process of going from one place or condition as constant. Through this work, Teresa reflects on her late father's life across the ocean. Born in the small Mediterranean island, he migrated by boat to Australia living as a diver and fisherman. Teresa is interested in exploring intergenerational memory and cyclical time with the repetition of the ocean tides as the force that underpins these concepts.

Chelsea Farquar (SA) - Fluttertongue , 2022, 03:00 mins

2022 Guildhouse Collections Project recipient Chelsea Farquhar’s interests lie in responding to the performative rituals and historic importance of the ASO and their archive. Utilising sculpture, performance and video to highlight moments of exchange and collaboration, Farquhar is researching the ASO as a living collection, including sheet music, performance brochures and posters, instruments, architecture and the players themselves.

"I’m often drawn to the mystical and the historic. The Adelaide symphony orchestra combines tradition and storytelling, allowing audiences to move through and outside of time and into other worlds. Fluttertongue is made up of a series of tableaux; different worlds to pass through. This piece has been inspired by moments on and off stage that are playful, ritualistic, and sometimes even flamboyant. The joyfulness of excess and pomp, going to see the ASO, dressing up, coattails, wearing something special, to see and hear something special." - Chealsea Farquhar

The Guildhouse Collections Project with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra presented in partnership with Adelaide Festival Centre.

NEW LIGHT Presented by Illuminate Adelaide and ANAT

Amala Groom

Amala’s work 'Myths & Legends: Brittania (abridged)' is a single channel moving image work that iterates Groom's 'Popular Sovereignty' poster from her series 'Myths & Legends' (2022) into a piece of site-specific performance art positioning the poster alongside the artist in front of Buckingham Palace.

Daen Sansbury-Smith

Daen’s Adja Country ARt; is an artistic exploration through Narungga country by following the four Totems. The artwork has been created to allow viewers the ability to travel and to develop or maintain a connection to the country when sometimes for many reasons we cannot. Immerse yourself in this short clip and witness how easily these totems navigate the complex relationships between each other as well as the environment.

Jaydenlee Tong

Jaydenlee’s Tarndanyangga Dreaming is a visual interpretation of the Tarnta (Red Kangaroo totem or Red Kangaroo dreaming) and his journey to the meeting place where the Adelaide Festival Centre now stands, where he commences the men's initiation ceremony. This artwork is influenced by traditional Aboriginal paintings through its use of texture, colour and design. Tarndanyangga Dreaming invites the younger generations to engage with cultural stories using modern technologies and techniques to learn about Kaurna people and their cultural and spiritual connection to country and place.

Jonathan Dady (SA) - standard lifts , 2021, 03:39 mins

The very human act, or desire, or intention to lift things off the ground. A simple dynamic relationship with the ground and gravity. We spend our lives in a conversation with gravity, at times eloquently walking or dancing, but inevitably entropy brings us back to the ground.

These are unplanned acts of drawing documented as a series of short time-lapse videos, each an attempt to construct, to lift; to engage in a relationship with gravity.

Jonathan Dady trained in both the UK and Australia. His work is concerned with the propositional space of drawing expressed in both 2 and 3-dimensions; the act of drawing as a space of thinking

He lectures in both Sculpture and Drawing at Adelaide Central School of Art in South Australia as well as projects in both visual art and architecture at various institutions. He has been exhibiting since 1992, developed performance, site-specific projects and collaborative works. He was awarded a Mid career fellowship by Arts SA and was granted the Australia Council studios in both London and Rome. Jonathan is currently artists in residence at the Andy Thomas Centre for Space Research, Adelaide University.

Cynthia Schwetsik (SA) - AnthropocenTric Speculations #3 , single-channel HD, 02:25 mins, developed during the residency at Sauerbier House, Port Noarlunga, 2020

What is art of the Anthropocene? a memorial or an embodiment of the times? Is this what we call Solastalgia, the lament for the species, people, and places that have and will be lost? The complexity is larger than this new language of grief, not enough to undo the future. I turn upside down, an absurd attempt to escape the world of concepts and anchor myself in the real.

tandem projects (SA) - Three Acts , 5:18 mins

Three Acts by tandem projects (Nicole Clift and Inneke Taal) is a performance in the act of making. With references to theatre, architecture, cinema and art, the simple paper forms become full of potential. Their scale can be read as handheld, or infinite based upon their relationship to the body and the camera. They are at once clumsy and grand. Most importantly, perhaps, they are human forms; an extension of play, thought, and reflection. In considering the site of Adelaide Festival Centre, tandem projects wanted to break the fourth wall, or in this case, the screen to gesture towards the humble beginnings of any major production. The evolution of these paper possibilities appear as momentary realities; a building, a sculpture, a curtain, a gesture, an action, a change of scene.

tandem projects is the collaborative practice between Adelaide-based artists Nicole Clift and Inneke Taal. Through tandem projects we ruminate on our twin interests in site, movement, time, space and language through the lens of public space and collaboration itself. This joint venture is our way of not only combining our multidisciplinary individual practices, spanning video, sculpture, textile, sound and installation outcomes but also to extend our research into new fields, bringing other creators into projects. For us, the process of collaboration is always an active element and in many ways our work is a conversation.

Henry Wolff (SA) - CARE, 16:00 mins

Navigating subjective experiences of care, compassion, and love – the project ‘CARE’ shares with viewers a series of tender gestural expressions of human connection. Fostering virtue and an ethical consideration of the individual’s responsibility and embeddedness in society, the work asks people to consider their own relationships and context to one another. The exchange between empathy and objectivity in imaging the human figure is a central theme of Wolff’s practice, as they contemplate and search the impact of social structures to understand the ongoing construction of identity.

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