In Flames: Windy Chaos (2015)

This video was created by placing laser cut black paper over an LCD screen. This obscures most of the image allowing only 18 intermittent lines of pixels to shine through. This work was shown in darkened space. This allowed for the highest level of contrast between the illuminated pixels and the black paper covering the screen. If you saw this work when it was exhibited you would have experienced true black, something that is impossible to reproduce on any monitors or projector that you might use to view the documentation of this work in the video below. Continue reading In Flames: Windy Chaos (2015)

Flood tide (2013)

This work was shot near the footbridge at Foord Avenue on the Cooks River in Hurlstone Park.  The Cooks is one of the most polluted rivers in Sydney. The E. coli levels in the river are 60 times the safe limit for swimming. There is also a large amount  of rubbish that floats up and down the river with the tides. The action in this video is a kind of poetic re-imagining of a small piece of that rubbish. Continue reading Flood tide (2013)

In Flow (2010)

In Flow shows an attempt to come to an embodied understanding of the forces that have shaped the landscape of the upper Blue Mountains. Water has not only carved canyons and valleys into the sandstone it has also collaborated with geology to create the cliffs and escarpments. And yet this has been a very slow process. I have a friend who worked as a guide in the mountains and used to delight in telling tourists visiting from the United States that when the Grand Canyon was still a flat plain the geology of the upper Blue Mountains was pretty much as you see it now. The action in In Flow is an attempt to make the slowness of the change in the landscape comprehensible on a visceral level by make a very small contribution to the forces that have shaped it. This work is the ‘water’ component of the In elements series. Continue reading In Flow (2010)

Postulates of Brain Sculpting

Contemporary neuroscience has provided us with insights into the functioning of the brain that have the potential to inform new modes of creative practice. In this article I discuss how recent developments in the areas of brain plasticity and the occupational specialization of brain processes can open a field of investigation that will involve the deliberate ‘sculpting’ of the neural medium. The art-historical context for this article is performance and performative video work in which the body is conceived of as the artist’s medium.  I draw on the scientific literature in order to outline a postulates of brain sculpting which allows us to see the brain as a medium that can be sculpted through specific forms of creative practice. Continue reading Postulates of Brain Sculpting

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