Aphid Hour: a podcast companion to an essay on Donna Haraway

This is a companion piece to  an essay that I wrote for the Sydney Review of Books on Donna Haraway’s latest book and some of her recent talks and lectures.  I put together an edit of a number of podcasts that discuss various aspects of aphids and their ecologies. The idea is to get some sense of the complexity of ecological forces that are operating on the aphid and that shape its evolution in various ways. Continue reading Aphid Hour: a podcast companion to an essay on Donna Haraway

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)

IOU in material thought (2014)

Documentation of the exhibition Dimensions of line: IOU in material thought (2014). This exhibition included a series of drawings, a light projection work and a camera obscura effect created by laser cut slits in the black-out material used in the windows of the space. The effect was particularly pronounced when the sun was hitting the passing cars on Abercrombie street in front of the gallery. Continue reading IOU in material thought (2014)

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)

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