Artists & Works: Moving Image Program
Artist statements and information about works selected for the Moving Image Program.
Venue: Outdoor screens, King William Road
Dates & Times: 24 hours per day, 7 days per week
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.
More information, including how to submit a work for consideration, can be found here.
Banner image (installation detail): Henry Wolff, Sibling, 2019, 05:00mins.
Oliver Poppert - Video Joinery, 03:47 mins
Video Joinery is an intuitive response to the urban landscape. Inspired by David Hockney's legendary joiner photography technique, Video Joinery comprises the same technique but with 1080p digital time-lapse, incorporating over 30 individual videos. It is a conversation between the macro and micro - an examination of the parts that make a whole.
Emerging video artist, working primarily in digital video and photography. Oliver Poppert’s work focuses on concepts of time and space - abstract representations of spaces and people with a particular interest in urban environments and how they are inhabited.
Image credit: Oliver Poppert, Video Joinery, single channel digital video, 16:9, 1080p, 24fps
Sarah Tickle - Trailblazer, 03:21 mins
Video artist Sarah Tickle’s, Trailblazer, a montage of the woman in Australian cinema, is a response to the Adelaide Film Festival’s 2020 film, Iryna Tsilyk’s The Earth Is Blue as an Orange (2020). This feature film’s beautiful family epic inspired Tickle to reflect on older generations paving the way for the new.
The work is a video montage edited together from clips taken from Australian cinema.
Georgia Button - Tactile, Self, 04:00 mins
Shot entirely through a macro lens, Tactile, Self is a montage of fabrics, textures and surfaces, all in motion - as if being handled by a person not visible to the camera. The objects are purposely indistinct, cropped so that the viewer never sees the object in its entirely, as the objects always occupy the full frame.
North Adelaide Primary School & Bridgette Minuzzo (SA) – Connecting 2020, 03:00mins
Presented as part of the South Australian Living Artists Festival.
Lock-down in SA was a time of having to communicate via distance, sending messages to family and friends that we can’t see. Many children were home schooled and missed their friends. The inspiration for Connecting, 2020 came from lovely messages and artwork produced for families and friends during online learning.
The artist/video editor has curated student’s animations to fit the 4m high AFC media panels. Separated by wall, symbolic of physical distancing, Bridgette Minuzzo depicts communication during COVID.
Grayson Cooke and Jean S. Renouf (SA), - Adapt, Mitigate, Innovate, Unite, 11:00 mins
This project combines quotes from climate scientists and climate change experts, with stunning satellite images of Australia. The quotes are from interviews and surveys conducted by Dr Jean S. Renouf in a research project about the measures climate change experts personally implement to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change on their own lives and on the lives of their (grand-)children.
The satellite images are produced by A/Prof. Grayson Cooke as part of an ongoing project exploring creative uses of satellite data, they are produced through collaboration with Geoscience Australia and the “Digital Earth Australia” programme. Across the images, text and climate data a complex tension and resonance emerges between environmental and anthropogenic forces operating at local and global scales.
Henry Wolff (SA) - Sibling, 05:00mins
We were searching for ourselves in each other” - Sergei Parajanov, The Colour of Pomegranates
Family tend to reveal more of us than we readily accept.
Siblings in particular carry our histories like imperfect reflections of our genetic and lived experience.
Ingrid is my reflection.
Our relationship is forthright, tumultuous and challenging, but full of support.
Languid and non-linear, nihilistic and intimate, Sibling features physical interpretations of this support – movements that are entirely intuitive and intentionally unchoreographed. They are responses to each other’s presence, the climate of the present and an impression of a complex familial relationship.
Both identifying outside conventional gendered experience, the work explores the tension here between our biological identifiers and self-defined identities. The support found in our relationship guides our navigation of both gendered experience and adversity. Sibling asks viewers to consider our relationships, our support networks and how these impact our reality.
Danny Jarratt (SA) – BreakHaus, 03:00 mins
BreakHaus is an extension of an install that shall be exhibited at Praxis Art Space.
Using hypnotic and breaking grids, the screens aim to give people a short break from there day to day stress. By create transformative visuals which draw the person. The broken/fragmented grids forms refer to the Almer Grid, a medical vision test, and breaks in the day. Breaks in rosters and schedules.
Isabel Darling (Torchlight Media) (NSW) – Corey the Warrior, 03:00 mins
Yuin and Bundjalung man, Corey Stewart, shares his life as an artist living with an acquired disability.
This work is being screened as part of the Wide Angle Film Festival through The Bardic Studio.
Chris Herzfeld (SA) – FEMME, 07:57 mins
Thirteen years after travelling to Paris as a fashion model, Erin Fowler returned to France in September 2019. Erin was there again for work, but this time the project was hers, and the experience was powerful.
Erin, Kyra Herzfeld and photographer Chris Herzfeld of Camlight Productions had been collaborating since 2010. Having developed an attuned and creative approach to creating dance photography, when the opportunity to collaborate came up in Paris it was something they couldn’t ignore.
Erin had been touring her solo theatrical dance work FEMME around the UK and European Fringe Festival circuit, with Chris and Kyra offering touring support along some of the way. During the tour Chris and Kyra planned a trip to visit Erin in Paris for a few days to experiment with a new collection of shots. The team began working towards an aesthetic that combined the best of dance and fashion photography. It drew on the range of movement and shapes of dance coupled with the more traditional modelling poses that gave a sense of drama, poise and style. For Erin, it allowed her to combine her experiences in modelling and dance along with Chris and Kyra’s creativity filtered through the photographic process.
Vanessa White (VIC) – Salt Lake, 06:32 mins
Salt Lake is a mesmerising and haunting cinematic journey into a sublime pearlescent void, following a figure through a seemingly endless, dream-like landscape. Within this lake site, the interplay between performer and camera is choreographed precisely, merging an inner mindscape with an outer landscape to generate liminal insights, evocatively connecting human perception with the natural environment.
Filmed at Lake Tyrrell in the Mallee district of Victoria, the lake is formed by a shallow, salt-crusted depression. Here land and sky appear to merge as the shallow, lake-water reflects an image of the sky. The lake takes its name from the Wergaia word for “sky.” In 2018, performer Peter Fraser and director Vanessa White, spent two weeks filming at Lake Tyrrell and Pink Lakes Murray Sunset National Park. This video is the first in a series of work that they created there.
This video draws on the ethereal and intuitive performance traditions of Butoh and Improvisation, in concert with the images of landscape and the environment, to see how the strangeness and the reformulation of the body in motion can be made to perform and narrate meaning.
Performer: Peter Fraser
Video: Vanessa White
Filmed at Lake Tyrrell, Sea Lake, VIC Australia
James Price (VIC) – Plunge, 02:54 mins
Plunge is an exploration of the Festival Centre's former life as The Adelaide City Baths. The Baths occupied the site from 1861 to 1969. The film celebrates the memories made during that time - a time when the city was developing rapidly and the Baths were a place people would come together, relax and escape the worries of city life
The work was created through a City of Adelaide Public Art Grant. Many thanks to the City of Adelaide for their support for the project, and to the Festival Centre for showing the project.
Peter Crnokrak (DE/CAN) – What Need Angel, 02:35 mins
What Need Angel is a synesthetic transcription of the brainwave response of a five-year-old boy while listening to music. The computational video uses dynamic particle animation segments that are woven together to form a seamless, though at times jarring, reflection of the music listening experience. Particle behaviours such as size, speed, colour and direction of movement are all determined by the user’s passive brainwave responses to music stimuli.
Ash Coates (VIC) – Mycolinguistics: Rubico-sterolosis or Oneness, 08:22 mins
Mycolinguistics: Rubico-sterolosis or Oneness is an animated exploration of the parallels between different neurological, bacterial and fungal pathways within our biosphere. The languages and symbiotic relationships of plants, fungi and bacteria cultures give rise to transformations of microorganisms, energy fluctuations, transmigration of cells and the distribution of nutrients within the environment and our bodies.
It is these processes that influence and form the shapes, composition and psychedelic tones within my work. It is a process of ritual and meditation on things both massive and microscopic, magic and scientific, internal and external.
John Power (VIC) – Bugbug Temple, 04:09 mins
Bugbug Temple is a short atmospheric work that uses a generative approach to creating time-based collage. The work evokes the ascending path of a nocturnal pilgrimage.
Commissioned by Andrew Garton for The Light in Winter Festival, and programming by Stewart Haines.
James Kurtze – Kooky Machine 2D, 01:40 mins
Kooky Machine 2D features an animated pinball machine inspired by James’ collection of 80’s popular culture toys and his favourite memories of childhood times spent playing Sonic and other pinball and arcade machine games. To create the animation for stage 1, James partnered with Indonesian/Australian designer and animator Mawarini who introduced him to programs like Adobe Illustrator and After Effects. These expanded James’ understanding of how to enhance his already fantastic ideas and made it possible to include whacky moments inspired by favourite 1980's classic movies and tropes such as Indiana Jones, Star Trek, Willy Wonka, the Universal logo and many more.