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Activation Space Screening Program June 2020

A curated program that blends art with innovation, and technology with new ideas.

Lot Fourteen are showcasing local talent from South Australia and artists from all cultural backgrounds in an ongoing monthly screening program.

This is a designated space where Lot Fourteen’s Community (residents and visitors) can consume culture in a relaxed setting, enhancing their experience of the physical world by creating a space where ideas are broken open and presented in a way that blurs the lines between innovation and entertainment.

Explore this months artists on the big screen in the Activation Space at Lot Fourteen, North Terrace.

- JUNE -

Gaia - (2014, 14min 50s)
Nick Graalman (Co-Creator, Director, Cinematographer), Erin Fowler (Co-Creator, Choreographer/Performer) - SA

Gaia (Mother Earth) is struggling for survival in an increasingly degraded and urbanised planet. Nature is so vast that our minds are sometimes overwhelmed by our role and responsibility in the delicate web of life. Our urban landscape continues to dominate the globe with little thought for the consequences and the resources it requires. Gaia uses the evocative blend of movement, music and film to highlight this reality and remind us of our kinship with planet earth. Through the language of dance, Gaia tells a universal story that is relevant across the globe.

Short Q&A with artists Nick Graalman and Erin Fowler

1. How long did this moving artwork take to create? 
It took 2 years to complete. There were a few re-shoots but largely the post production was the time consuming part. Mostly due to visual FX that made up a large part of the piece. We spent a lot of time working out and refining our process, neither having worked in the other discipline before (dance and film) and so that was a really interesting part of the creation.

2. What was your inspiration for this moving artwork?
N: My inspiration was to create, or at least attempt to create something original that reflected my interest and passion for environmental movement.

E: I was really interested in the psychology of climate change and what inspires people to change their behaviours or beliefs. Both Nick and I were interested in what impact it would have on the audience, to portray the environment as a “human” character with emotions i.e. Gaia.

3. Were you influenced by innovation and technology for this moving artwork?
N: Not particularly. Whilst visual FX require technology to create, they were not the inspiration.

E: I suppose for both of us, the innovation lay in the fact that we were both collaborating outside our usual art form, and so this required us to form new ways of working. I don’t think this was particularly innovative in the wider context of technology and innovation, but was a great process for the both of us to go through.

4. What role do you think this artwork plays in South Australia’s past, present or future culture?
N: Art, I believe is the attempt to express an idea, thought, mood, message, emotion or convey something of the times. These things are critical in every culture including SA. Without it, a dimension of communication and expression is lost.

E: This film was released in 2014. It is interesting to reflect on its relevance today, 6 years later. Unfortunately, I think the situation with climate change has worsened, and we still, as a nation, and globe, aren’t taking climate change seriously enough, in my opinion. I think we will look back on this crucial time in history and reflect on how we responded to the challenges. It feels like the past few years have been a tipping point, and I am proud that Gaia is part of capturing these moments in time, through art.

5. How did you discover your talent to express important messages through art?
Nick: I’ve been a filmmaker since I was a teenager, so less a discovery and more a slowly honed skill (that I’m still working on).

Erin: It wasn’t so much a discovery as a need. Art has always been the place I have moved towards to express myself. Art is also where I seek comfort, inspiration, education and community. It’s where I turn when I feel confused about the world etc. So it’s always just made sense to me that art is also where I reflect things back.

6. What is the visual message of this moving artwork?
Gaia uses the evocative blend of movement, music and film to highlight a universal story that reminds us of our kinship with planet.

gaiadancefilm.com | facebook.com/GaiaDanceFilm/

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Lithoscope - (2017, 5min 9s)
Luke Pellen - SA


"Pellen's slow moving video captures the textures of the landscape in his region [Mt. Gambier & The Limestone Coast]: limestone, rock, magma, water and wood. He uses photographs and realistic textures , layering them to create an almost three dimensional landscape... The gentle movement draws attention to the unique face of the landscape, allowing the audience time to see nooks and crannies, shaped by water, to feel the heat of the lava, explore the land and take in the beauty of the area."

(Excerpt from Country Arts "Tracking" video arts residency exhibition)

Short Q&A with artist Luke Pellen

1. How long did this moving artwork take to create?
“Lithoscope” was originally created from April through November 2017 as part of the Limestone Coast Video Art Residency: a two part mentorship (with Sydney based artist Heath Franco) in the regional town of Mount Gambier. I had health challenges (Crohn's Disease) during this time and fortunately managed to be released from hospital on the day of the opening.

2. What was your inspiration for this moving artwork?
Red, white and blue - lava, limestone and lakes. The idea was to explore the geography of the region, and juxtapose the concept of slow geological time with the brief transient nature of human existence.

3. Were you influenced by innovation and technology for this moving artwork?
The two main technical aspects where 1) the merging and processing of assorted source images to create something unique yet recognisable, but also slightly surreal, and 2) experimenting with extremely slow crossfades from one image to the next to represent geologic time.

4. What role do you think this artwork plays in South Australia’s past, present or future culture?
The goal of this piece is really to appreciate and reflect on the amazing landscape and geography we have here in South Australia, and to convey the importance of preserving it for future generations.

5. How did you discover your talent to express important messages through art?
Art is something I've always played with, using assorted media and modes: I love traditional visual arts, photography, computer generated imagery and video game design. I've also had experience with writing, directing, performance and music. I have a background in psychology, cognitive  intelligence research. I'm drawn to all things creative.

6. What is the visual message of this moving artwork?
The beauty of the landscape itself. The monumental slowness of geologic time versus the sliver of time a human life occupies. The vivid dream-like imagery we take for granted that exists all
around us.

facebook.com/fishbrainart

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On the Tip of My Tongue - (2018, 10:52 mins)
Ray Harris - SA

The Tip of my Tongue is a performative exploration of the profoundly enigmatic nature of memory and identity. The body is a site inhabited by ‘ghosts’ the haunting memories hidden within us mostly those forgotten. The effects of the past lingering within us our psyches as felt connections, lived experiences and unknown forces that escape in other ways. On the Tip of my Tongue is an exorcism of these ghosts, A physical release of the unseen, unconscious and immeasurable presences.

Short Q&A with artist Ray Harris

1. How long did this moving artwork take to create?
Once I had the idea about a day, this involved various takes developing the action each time.

2. What was your inspiration for this moving artwork?
I was interested in ghosts as a symbol not just the known obvious symbol of death of a person but haunting parts of the self that have been buried yet still linger within us. Such as memories, experiences and trauma. I was making these small fabric ghosts and the idea came through this to pull a large number of them from my mouth. Pulling out what haunts us internally as a direct physical act. 

3. Were you influenced by innovation and technology for this moving artwork?
Not really, I use technology-computer, digital camera in making the work which is crucial as materials but its not a direct influence on the work itself or its concepts. 

4. What role do you think this artwork plays in South Australia’s past, present or future culture?
As a South Australian artist it adds to the creative output in our state.

5. How did you discover your talent to express important messages through art?
It's just something I was always drawn to or interested in, an easier way to communicate complex ideas and experiences. This really developed once I went to art school and was able to focus on and try different methods of expression and hone the core concepts of my work. 

6. What is the visual message of this moving artwork?
The basic message visually is revealing the ghosts that reside within us, varied yet all connected in some way. This is an uncomfortable act using the mouth as a place of communication, ingesting and expulsion. On the Tip of my Tongue is a performative exploration of the profoundly enigmatic nature of self and memory. The body is a site inhabited by ‘ghosts’ or haunting inner forces: desires, memories, otherness, trauma, denials, differences. These selves we have been told to repress, resist and contain still linger within us trying to escape in other ways. Experiences that are not readily remembered can mysteriously affect us and linger in our psyche and bodies as felt connections, lived experiences and unknown forces.

rayharrisartist.com | facebook.com/RayHarris

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