The UNSETTLED project by myself and Dea Morgain, was shown recently at the State Library of South Australia in Adelaide. This project was a partnership with the State Library of South Australia and the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association. Read more about the project here.
I’m very proud to announce that “Open Air” has been shortlisted for the prestigious Lumen Prize in the UK. This “earth imaging” project features motion controlled macro imaging of the paintings and processes of Australian painter Emma Walker, and time-lapse video of Australian territory via Landsat satellite imagery. More info here.
Bonnywood Rising is a live cinema performance I produced in 2016 as part of the Arts Northern Rivers “If These Halls Could Talk” project. This project was produced in collaboration with the community of the town of Bonalbo NSW and artist Marion Conrow, with support from Southern Cross University staff and students. The filming of the project was documented with a motion-controlled cable-cam flying above all the action: here is a music video made with that material. More info here.
12 Months Over…
As part of my work with satellite images from Geoscience Australia and the Digital Earth Australia platform, I produced a series of “time-lapse” mosaic images, showing changing environmental and atmospheric conditions over a period of 12 months in 2016, in a range of significant sites across Australia. These images are part of my ongoing exploration of how creative uses of satellite data can both reinforce the environmental monitoring function of the Landsat program and introduce new conceptual and artistic dimensions.
I’m very pleased to announce that “12 Months over the Nullarbor Plain ” has been shortlisted for the 2018 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award at the Gold Coast Home of the Arts. Earlier in 2018, “12 Months Over the Gulf of Carpentaria” was shortlisted in the Head On Photo Festival in Sydney, and shown also at the Auckland Festival of Photography.
Mineral Histories in the Flinders Ranges
One of the new projects I’m working on with my collaborator Dea Morgain, involves a series of investigations of mineral and mining histories in the Flinders Ranges region of South Australia.
The modes of enquiry for this project encompass a mixture of infrared photography to produce large-scale panoramas of abandoned mining sites in the Flinders, as well as close-up macro-photography of mineral samples from these sites – sites dating from the colonial period of mainly copper extraction, but also sites related to the ancient trade in ochre. Ochre from the Flinders Ranges has been traded across the Australian continent and to island neighbours for tens of thousands of years, testifying to a history for mineral extraction in Australia dating well beyond the current moment.
A small selection of images from the project so far can be found below.
Songs of a Changeling Earth
During August and September 2018 I have been working as an artist in residence at Geoscience Australia in Canberra. Some of the work I’m doing there arises from the Open Air project, continuing to work with satellite data and the Digital Earth Australia platform. I have also ranged more broadly across the many incredible collections housed within Geoscience Australia though – including in particular, the National Mineral and Fossil Collection, and the Data Repository of core samples.
The work arising from this residency will be exhibited at the CIRO Discovery Centre in Canberra in February 2019. Inspired by Mahler’s immense ‘song symphony’ Das Lied von der Erde – Song of the Earth, the project is entitled “Songs of a Changeling Earth”. Excerpts from work in progress are shown below. In order: elements of the National Mineral and Fossil Collection accompanied by excerpts from the libretto for Mahler’s Song of the Earth; and fish-eye images of the Data Repository archive.