Artists’ Salon: Moving Image 1 at Critical Path, Sydney

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Part of Critical Path’s Artists’ Salon series, Moving Image 1 looks at experiments with movement within interdisciplinary practice and is curated by Narelle Benjamin and Sue Healey.

It will feature a discussion with and studio presentations of work by artists Sam James (From the Rainforest Mind to the Desert Mind) and Louise Curham and Lucas Ihlein ((Wo)man with Mirror).

Saturday 11 May, studio open from 3pm onwards with 4pm event start.

Free event, but please RSVP here.

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CRITICAL PATH PRESENTS
ARTISTS’ SALON: MOVING IMAGE 1
installation works by Sam James, Louise Curham and Lucas Ihlein
SATURDAY 11 MAY 2013
4.00 – 6.00 pm
at THE DRILL
1c New Beach Road
Darling Point (Rushcutters Bay)
The Drill Hall will be open from 3.00 pm for viewing of Sam James’ installation.
Free public event

Artists’ Salon is a series of artist-led showings, screenings and discussions, curated by Australian dance makers, and running throughout 2013 at Critical Path. Free and open to the public, these events are aimed at supporting critical conversations about creative practice.

Moving Image 1 looks at experiments with movement within interdisciplinary practice and is curated by Narelle Benjamin and Sue Healey. It will feature a discussion with and studio presentations of work by artists Sam James (From the Rainforest Mind to the Desert Mind) and Louise Curham and Lucas Ihlein ((Wo)man with Mirror).

From the Rainforest Mind to the Desert Mind Sam James

Inspired by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird’s book The Secret Life of Plants, this work draws on videographic research from two residencies in different climatic zones of Australia, the rainforest in the Daintree and the desert at Fowlers Gap, NSW. Using stereoscopic imaging and animation, this 3D video installation examines the dualism of the Australian climate and shows that on a micro scale, the essence of matter is the same.

Sam will set up a ‘daisy chained’ version of 30 animations from the Australian desert and rainforest to show similarities between extremes of ‘psychic environment’. This installation at the Drill sets up the desert and rainforest spaces in traverse, to see how these worlds intersect. On this project Sam filmed and motion tracked dancer Victoria Hunt to articulate the human intervention and interpretation taking place. Sound by Melissa Hunt.

(Wo)man with Mirror: Louise Curham and Lucas Ihlein

Since 2003, Louise and Lucas have been involved the re-enactment of Expanded Cinema performances from the 1960s and 70s as part of their work with Teaching and Learning Cinema.

(Wo)man with Mirror is a re-enactment of Guy Sherwin’s 1976 Man with Mirror: Sherwin filmed himself in a London park manipulating (tilting, panning, rotating) a white-backed mirror.

The proportions of the mirror exactly match the 4:3 ratio of the super 8 film frame, and Sherwin’s movements consciously play with the fixed frame of the camera. In performance, the film is projected into a darkened space in which Sherwin again manipulates the same mirror/screen, sometimes revealing the projection, and sometimes using the mirror to re-project the image around the room. The result is a confusing and beguiling visual experience.

In Louise and Lucas’ re-enactment, the two artists perform simultaneously, facing each other across a room – in a sense mirroring each other’s movements.

Directions to Critical Path
Sir David Martin Reserve
1c New Beach Road,
Darling Point (Rushcutters Bay)

Ph 9362 4023 or Ph 93629403

The Drill is a large two storey pale mustard painted corrugated iron building on the waterfront next to the Marina and yacht club at Rushcutters Bay. It is roughly opposite 42 New Beach Road.

Buses from Circular Quay – Along Castlereagh Street: #324, 325, 326, 327

(Buses go along New South Head road) The 327 goes down New Beach Road

Train: Closest station is Edgecliff, a 10 minute walk. Turn left down New South Head road, then keep going till you pass the Yacht club and Marina. The Drill is next to the Marina, on the left hand side next to the water.

On-street parking available in surrounding streets: New Beach Road, Loftus Street, Yaranabee Road, Neild Avenue and Glenmore Road. Check street signs as some streets have a 2 hour limit. Parking stations available at Edgecliff Centre.

1 Response to “Artists’ Salon: Moving Image 1 at Critical Path, Sydney”


  • I’m still ruminating about the notion of choreography in relation to (Wo)man with Mirror. It was stimulating to perform this work in a choreographic context.

    Here are some more thoughts on this area:

    http://www.corpusweb.net/answers-2228-3.html

    This one, by Claudia Jeschke attempts a definition:

    The term ‘Choreographie’ derives from ‘choros’ = place of a round dance, dance place, dance group, and ‘graphein’ = writing. In France, the term is first used near the end of the 16th century (Arbeau, Thoinot. Orchésographie. Langres, 1588) meaning the notation of dance steps and patterns by means of conventionalised word abbreviations. In the course of the 18th century, the term’s meaning changes; it now stands for the invention and composition of steps and patterns (whose notation is still possible, but not imperative); cf. e.g., Grand Larousse de la langue francaise. Tom.I. Paris, 1971; Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Deutschen. Bd.I. Berlin, 1989.

    …Jeschke goes on to say, about the relationship between movement and notation, that “the invention of new movements individualises and thus makes new ways of putting it into writing necessary.”

    In other words, choreography is not only the writing down of something pre-existing, but the need to invent new languages.

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