Movement and landscape in flux, five figures cut between times and places. Collaging and overlaying environments, the interior of a motion capture studio and the raw physical landscapes of Central Otago, they inhabit an uneven terrain, negotiated through increasingly perplexed movements and sensory explorations.
The consolations of landscape dissolve as fractures and junctures open between the memory and affect of different atmospheres, altering their transit. In this new cartography that is here and everywhere, they take on the rhythm of an altered place.
Landscape and nature press hard upon their bodies and its touch continues to be felt as they navigate the sealed, air conditioned, environment of the lab. Tracked in all dimensions, they are trackers, agents of travel to unknown and ungraspable places.
RUSSELL SCOONES, GIBSON+MARTELLI UK
Dr Carol Brown 'My practice is the choreography and performance of digital environments: dance and architecture dialogues through site-sensitive performance: and dance theatre questions of gender and sexuality, focussed on the moving body encountering real and imagined spaces and temporalities - mythical, historical and contemporary.' Carol is Director of Choreographic Research Aotearoa, University of Auckland.
Sound Artist Russell Scoones creates compositions sourced from sound harvested in real environments. He has presented worldwide with Carol Brown and Dorita Hannah: Tongues of Stone (Aus 2011), Mnemosyne (Czech Rep 2011) and 1000 Lovers (NZ 2013) with Kasia Pol for Freight (2014/15). Russell currently practices as a music therapist in Auckland.
British Electronic artists Bruno Martelli and Ruth Gibson collaborate on worldwide commissions and residencies exhibiting at The Barbican Gallery, Detroit Institute for Art, and The Venice Biennale. Recent solo shows include: Big Bob (2015) at Jaffe-Friede Gallery in Hanover, USA, and group shows in London: Shape_Shifters (2016) - Arthouse1, Splintered Binary (2017) - Gossamer Fog and Now Play This (2017) at Somerset House. Recipients of several awards: a Henry Moore Foundation New Commission, a National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) Award, in 2015 the duo won the Lumen Gold Prize. Gibson is the Centre for Dance Research Creative Fellow at Coventry University.
Performers: Carol Brown, Ruth Gibson, Grant McLay, Jenny Roche, Cassidy Scoones.
Nic Fay: Drone Operator, Javier Estevez
Special Thanks to: Gregory Benett, Zane Egginton, Norma Lehto, Harry Silver, Peter Hillier, Kasia Pol, Uwe Rieger, Rafe Scoones, Helen Brown & Mike Olsen, Moyra Brown, Christopher Duncan – Tür, Alys Longley, NIWA, Lauder.
Auckland University of Technology, University of Auckland, Creative Arts Industries Faculty, Centre for Dance Research Coventry University
Supported by Wellington City Council Public Art Fund