Image credit: Northfield Primary School with Laura Wills, assisted by Rosina Possingham - Big Screens Little Artists project, 06:12 mins
Darryl Rogers (Australia) – Timescape Australia #5, 03:08 minutes
On a 12,000 km road trip around Australia, I documented the entire expedition by taking a frame every hour of the road (and landscape) ahead. The culmination is a distillation of the essence of this vast continent, abstracting from the real, to see the Australian landscape in terms of a type of video painting or timescape.
Lewis Major (Australia) – Epilogue, 05:41 mins
Epilogue is a meditation on and a lament for, the death of classicism and beauty in the Western canon.
Ariel Ruby (Australia) – Flora, 08:24 mins
Flora forms part of a two-channel video installation exhibited as part of my Honours grad submission in 2017. These fantastical landscapes form a collection of synthetic ecosystems that can function as part of our tangible reality and co-exist within the urban environment.
By introducing objects and other ‘things’ (composed of organic and synthetic materials) to a mass of water and capturing the effects, I seek to render them in a space of soft, other worldly intelligence.
Melissa Little (Australia) – Monochromatic Dancing, 02:10 mins
Monochromatic Dancing is a single channel video with sound, exploring human digital futures through the hypnotic motions of dance in monochrome. It came to life though a fascination with the human movement of dance at music festivals. The Oxford Dictionary describes the noun dancing as “the activity of dancing for pleasure or in order to entertain others”. As a person who is not totally comfortable freely expressing oneself publicly in this fashion, dancing is an intriguingly entertaining display of freedom.
This moving image work is an expansion of the Dancing Series, observing my own disassociation from the liberating movement of dancing for pleasure. Deeply influenced by the digital age (and very comfortable within it), much of my new work casts a “digital gaze” on humanity questioning what it is that makes us human in this digital age.
Monochromatic Dancing situates this human movement as a haunting celebration of the digital age's emancipation from antiquated human social norms. It aims to challenge how we, as the human viewer, see ourselves and if this view, from within this “digital eye”, of the future will help us prepare for our digital evolution..
Gretta Louw & Warnayaka Art Centre, co-produced by LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial (Australia / Spain) – Future Present Desert, 08:26 mins
Future Present Desert is a new video installation from the long-term, ongoing collaboration between media artist Gretta Louw and the Warnayaka Art Centre, an Aboriginal owned and operated art centre in the remote Warlpiri community of Lajamanu. Located 900 km south of Darwin, at the edge of the Tanami Desert in central Australia, Lajamanu was founded only in the mid-20th Century. Prior to this time, Warlpiri people lived on their lands in the complex traditions of their ancestors, cultivating and protecting the land, as it protected them. In less than a single lifetime, the community has been faced with the challenges of extreme outside pressures and a constant stream of new technologies from cars and permanent housing to television and phones, through to the current age of digitalisation, portable telecommunications devices, and the internet.
Future Present Desert is a surreal journey through the overlapping narratives and dreams of the Warnayaka artists and Lajamanu community members in the piece, reverberating with the struggle between culture and technology; digital colonialism; the devastation of imperialism and racism; and the hope of empowerment and resistance (also as offered through media). Traditional ghost stories and Dreamtime figures flow seamlessly into contemporary narratives about intimate encounters with fear and UFO visitations.
David C Mahler (Australia) – Cosmic Waves, 01:12 minutes
A vast ocean of energies surrounds us. We emanate as much as we absorb, shooting out waves to the void in the hope of forming connection. The universe is an echo chamber of vibrations, and we are each a piece of its puzzle. Like plankton bobbing in the swell we are an insignificant yet divinely crucial part of the cosmic ocean.
Cosmic Waves is an animated art film depicting the flowing currents of energy connecting and intersecting the universe, from the micro of atoms to the macro of galaxies.
Screened as part of Art Box Video Jam, Gertrude Street Projection Festival 2017; curated by Tim Dolan.
Man & Wah (Australia) – Botanical Cosmos, 05:00 mins
Botanical Cosmos is a series of video works which explore the relationship between plant life and the cosmos, inviting deeper reflection of our relationship with nature and to appreciate the role it plays in sustaining a liveable planet.
The content of these video works is created through a refined photographic and editing technique developed by Man & Wah. It comprises a series of morphing botanical visuals, slowly revealing the beauty of each plant. These are paired with cosmic visuals, expanding our earthly existence to a cosmic perspective.
Botanical Cosmos is a space for people to slow down and pause, to deeper contemplate and reflect on their relationship with nature and the mysteries of the universe.
Sara Pathirane (Finland) – A Shipwreck, 05:36 mins
The film depicts a timeless space, where there are no other images, but all the stories and images can rise from this nowhere state of mind. The artist has travelled inside the pigment, into a monochromatic image where the pigment does not attach to the canvas but flies around painting the wind visible.
It is also an existential thought, thinking what is to be in the surroundings where we are, and how a gesture, such as lying down, changes it social meaning when done in different locations.
Shot in the Sahara Desert in 2013, A Shipwreck has screened in site-specific installations, where Pathirane sometime performed lying on top of the film’s reflection.
Credits: Henrik Amberla
India Kenning (Australia) – XXX, 07:56 mins
XXX combines repetition and abstraction of the moving image to compose a sense of bodily presence through a single performative gesture of the artist body, forming a small army morphing and marching to the beat of its own footsteps.
Northfield Primary School with Laura Wills, assisted by Rosina Possingham - Big Screens Little Artists project, 06:12 mins
For more information about the dreamBIG Festival 2019 Exhibition programme, please visit here
Laura and Rosina spent 10 days at Northfield Primary School to develop moving image artworks for the big screens at Adelaide Festival Centre. These works will be exhibited during dreamBig Festival 2019. Under the premise of the Festival theme “People Together”, selected students from grade 4 and 5 were chosen to develop works about this theme. Some student reflections on the project:
Haidar - “My animation is about countries coming together to make earth more peaceful. Another animation I did was a silly one actually; it was me dancing! It's called Haidar the dancing Human! What I learnt about animation is you can add video and use it to copy it and make your animation more realistic! The app we used is Flipaclip.”
Marzia: - “I worked with Rosina and Laura and I made small animations and all of them are about working together and always being happy and winning together.”
Noor - “I thought both of my work was good because I like doing art. My work was all about friendship and diversity. The reason why I did friendship its because you be friends with everyone no matter what, even if it's a boy. My other one is diversity.
The reason why I did diversity is because I like shapes and creating stuff. Thank you Laura and Rosina for helping me with everything, thank you for what they taught us.”
Simon - “My animation is about a person helping a person up. Helping people when they are down.”
Riley - “In art class we have been making animations about love, mind, colour and people and it has been fun. I loved it.”
Maya - “The Vovo Video is about the friendship between people of different skin colour.”
Ian Gibbins – 42nds, 00:50 seconds
Who owns the country? Who can come? Who can go? And when we are here, how long can we stay? This is the pitch... this is the sale of your life…
Originally commissioned by the Adelaide City Council and the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) for WORD!! East End Moving Image Project, a public art initiative screened in Rundle Street, Adelaide, South Australia, 2017 and 2018. 42nds was also shown as a Water Screen LaserVision projection during HybridWorld Adelaide 2018.
Darryl Rogers – Takayna Hypostasis #4, 01:37 mins
Recorded in the depths of Tasmania’s Tarkine Rainforest (Takayna being its indigenous name) this video is an exploration of a deep sense of underlying oneness that is often felt when we encounter isolated places of natural sublime beauty.
Neoplatonist’s argue that beneath the surface phenomena that present themselves to our senses are three higher spiritual principles or hypostases, each one more sublime than the preceding. Hypostasis therefore is the underlying state or underlying substance and is the fundamental reality that supports all else.
The meta-personal experience of being in and at one with nature is said to conceptually provide a growing spiritual sensibility and existential meaningfulness.
David C Mahler – Cosmic Echo, 01:34 mins
Cosmic Echo depicts the flow of energies and by extension the element of consciousness through space, celestial bodies and forms of life. Presented as an infinite loop moving between the micro - the human eye - and the macro – a theoretical vast well of consciousness at the centre of the universe - this piece aims to present the cyclical nature of reality. The first half of the film depicts abstracted representations of creation before reaching the halfway point a mandala of consciousness where the two screens combine for a split second. Both screens then flip and reverse, thus playing out the inevitable destruction.
David animated this piece using a mixture of mediums, including spray paint, digital animation, traditional animation and film. Site specific four channel projection installation Cosmic Echo, created for the Signal Screens Commission 2017, City of Melbourne. Screened at Signal Art Space for the month of September 2017.
Thank you to Freya Pitt, Yandell Walton, Signal and the City of Melbourne.
Volker Kuchelmeister – Parallax Garden, 14:24 mins
Parallax Garden explores place its and representation by interconnecting two seemingly radical different environments, the Tasmanian wilderness and extreme urban development in Hong Kong.
As a digital three-dimensional representation, Parallax Garden generates uncanny topographies in the fusion of natural and man-made habitats.
Ian Gibbins – SPSS, 03:35 mins
“I / about / to / somethin / thing / notions / started / science … so / anatomy / the / of / records / might / anything / artists …"
Until he retired in 2014, Ian Gibbins was a Professor of Anatomy and a neuroscientist. SPSS itself is a powerful statistics program that he used extensively for analysis of his experimental data. The raw text in the video was generated by an accidental copy-and-paste from a document being written for Anatomy Department administrative purposes into a neuroscience dataset being analysed in SPSS. However, the dataset was not formatted for incorporating text input…
The video was published in Cordite Poetry Review 50 (2015) and screened at the 2017 Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival in Worcester, MA, USA. It can be viewed with its soundtrack at https://vimeo.com/119393834.
Kirsten Uhrig – watercolour, 01:45 mins
Many of my videos are edited as moving paintings. Originally a video of a swimming pool, the colours and shapes on the surface of the water inspired me to cut the video up in an attempt to show some of the radiance of light and the relentless nature of water.
Shaun Wilson – Uber Memoria XIX Part XI, 05:24 mins, & Uber Memoria XIX Part VI, 05:24 mins
The second & fifth of five companion video art pieces to the feature film Indigo Rising (2018) by Australian director Shaun Wilson.
Actors and friends mimic poses of characters found in 800 year old German medieval paintings which play out a 'memory' of the original artworks.
Kellie O'Dempsey – Never end negative time, 13:55 mins
Never end negative time brings together two video artworks, The Never-ending –Line and Negative Time Echo, in a lyrical conversation about process and possibility.
Investigating the idea that nothing is ever finished these works present the everchanging moment. Exploring drawing as transformation, using both traditional and digital means, the artist is seen drawing as lines that animate in a mesmerising continuum.
India Kenning – Body, 06:40 mins
Body is a hybrid form of still and moving image, in which to produce an alternate state of physical existence. Adapted from an endurance performance, the artist stares deeply into the lens for a period of time into which they transcend their physical human self and transform into a new sense of body, made up of infinite light.
Di Hu – Passage, 11:10 mins
Passage depicts a geographical, architectural, and urban research of a specific area in Shanghai.
Di Hu – Urban Sculptures, 06:15 mins
The surveillance camera and the smartphone, one is passive and the other is active, represent two types of societies, disciplinary society and society of control as described by Gilles Deleuze. Recent advancements in technologies of control have largely blurred the boundary between the two. A smartphone contains a whole life and has become life itself. Imagine scenes with a whole carriage of passengers, a young employee, a group of girls, all immersed in their smartphones, as the world around them has disappeared.
Capital Waste – INTERGALACTICUS, 05:36 mins, world premiere
A distorted view of our solar system
Tamara Baillie – Flow, 02:36 mins
Flow is a meditation on the shifting currents of memory. The mesmerizing movement of water evokes the unceasing flow of time, tide and human presence.
David Mahler – Portrait of Hans, 02:45 mins
Portrait of Hans is a short animated projection piece depicting a field of abstracted, coloured elements slowly moving and coming together to form a seated portrait of my recently deceased grandfather Hans. The elements only combine for a split-second before separating again and dispersing. Once they reach a second extreme-point, the elements reverse, combine once more, and separate to their first positions, thus forming an infinite loop. The individual elements represent matter and consciousness, two foundations of creation which come together across time and space to form life.
In the grand scheme of time these elements only combine for the blink of an eye before death sends them back into the void to become part of other natural creations. I didn't see much of my grandfather in the last ten years of his life, something I regret. By creating and manipulating digital elements I am able to create a falsified/fake avatar, as blurry and disconnected as my memory of the man.
Marcel Dinahet – Soleil-Cherrueix, 04:13 mins
Reflections of the sun on the water animated by the breath of wind on the bay of Mont Saint-Michel.
Sylvie Ungauer – 14 Juillet (14th of July), 03:48 mins
A strange procession where men, fire and lights intertwine in an endless night.
Accentuated by slow motion, the faded and fluid material of the image generates a ballet whose rhythm is determined by organic forms moving through an aquatic environment.
Thomas Daveluy – ZeroDimension, 03:53 mins
A journey into a strange and glitched world.
ZeroDimension is an extraction from the end of Naufrage (a free videogame: naufrage-thegame.com).
It shows a glitched universe, where the dimensions are reversed: the elements in the distance are visible above those in front. In the middle of this mass of pixels with neon colours, we can see a shape that seems to be emerging. Branches, ramifications, cave, this set is actually obtained by a 3D scan (photogrammetry) of a forest.
This shapeless thing is the centre of this universe : there is nothing around it. Since there is no background, the computer fills the gap with glitches; the empty parts are created from the previous images, forming a persistent frame.
Guillame Lepoix & Thomas Daveluy – Terrarium, 10:00 mins
Terrarium (n.m): "confined and artificial environment imitating the biotope of animals and/or plants."
Terrarium proposes to wander into a digital forest resulting from a composition of photogrammetries (3D scans). This landscape, lush and wild, is slowly discovered, through a uniform and mechanical camera movement. The journey within this space forms a perfect loop: there is no beginning or end.
Like an unfinished painting, the viewer discovers spaces of exceptional precision with clumsy and pixelated elements resulting from erratic interpretations (glitches) of the tools used.
Halfway between hyperrealism and pure abstraction, Terrarium is both a territory of contemplation but also a question about the representation and imitation of reality through digital tools.