Cameras and body memory create new blends of performance with visual art practice

Wilson, Anne Scott 2015, Cameras and body memory create new blends of performance with visual art practice, in C-DaRE 2015 : Memory^Space^Body^Object^Space. Symposium : Proceedings of the C-DaRE 2015 Symposium, [Coventry University], [Parkside, Eng.], pp. 14-16.

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Title Cameras and body memory create new blends of performance with visual art practice
Author(s) Wilson, Anne ScottORCID iD for Wilson, Anne Scott
Conference location Parkside, Eng.
Conference dates 15 May 2015
Title of proceedings C-DaRE 2015 : Memory^Space^Body^Object^Space. Symposium : Proceedings of the C-DaRE 2015 Symposium
Editor(s) [unknown]
Publication date 2015
Start page 14
End page 16
Total pages 2
Publisher [Coventry University]
Place of publication [Parkside, Eng.]
Summary I propose that a learnt somatic experience of dance can translate into another discipline such as visual art. In my visual art practice I combine both photography, which is traditionally seen as a still medium, and performance in order to create a new form of embodiment. I have developed two series of art works of prints and video made in response to the Australian landscape. By analyzing my method of movement and photography I will describe how an embodied dance language can result in a material outcome – a series of drawings of light and movement, a body signature made possible through old and new technology. I have activated a performative state while capturing images discovering new ways of using technology reliant upon my knowledge of dance, performance and photography. Making a human size camera to make analogue prints I gained an intuitive knowledge of light – a skill that has become foundational in performance and photography. In response to space and light in the Australian landscape I then built a custom made camera that allows for the longest possible time to capture an image. I move while taking the image and use the camera as if an eye at the end of my arm. In this way I activate dance skills and embodied knowledge of space, timing and light, opening up a radical space for new thinking, making and performing.Furthermore this process engages memory and sentiment embodied through age. Many artists have responded to the unique qualities of the Australian landscape and by using a performative/photographic approach I have engaged with my own body memory. Being brought up in the landscape and training in ballet my body has acquired memories at a cellular level. My method has given memory a voice. In doing these works I have become conscious of how unconscious memories of the space and light in the landscape is a movement vocabulary activated in a way that ‘feels’ like dancing. As an ageing person this experience is profound and the resultant materialisation of the photographs and videos leave a material record of the event. The sentiments evoked through my process bridge the past with the present, the body with the mind, memory with body and space connecting disciplines in a new way.The materialisation of artworks itself continues cross-disciplinary processes using a technique that is a continuum of the performative. Through using technology I release memory of the landscape and pixel by pixel build imagery that relies on and is a part of the performative process. It is a photographic performance dance manifesting as pigment on paper exhibited a gallery context. The exhibition allows a space for the viewer to respond - re-membering the universal the act of moving. The works titled ‘body signatures’ and ‘Fly Rhythm’ become a communicative device in the gallery context.My paper through an analysis of process and methods used in making the two series will talk to several of the subjects listed and reveal a new way of connecting performance and visual art and old and new technologies.
Language eng
Field of Research 190503 Lens-based Practice
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category EN Other conference paper
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