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View of Geelong: ruin and viewin', transpanorama

Bishop, Cam J and Reis, Simon 2015, View of Geelong: ruin and viewin', transpanorama, Montpelier Park, Highton Geelong, 10 November. 2015, Montpelier Park, Highton, Geelong, City of Greater Geelong.

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Title View of Geelong: ruin and viewin', transpanorama
Creator(s) Bishop, Cam J
Reis, Simon
Conference, exhibition or event name View of Geelong: Ruin and Viewin', Transpanorama
Conference, exhibition or event location Montpelier Park, Highton Geelong
Conference, exhibition or event dates 10 November. 2015
Publication date 2015
Description of resource Public Art installation by Cam Bishop and Simon Reis. Eugene von Guerard’s View of Geelong is iconic for a number of reasons, including its detailed interpretation of the landscape and its special place in the imagining of the region. Bishop and Reis seek to honour this by manipulating the science behind the view and at the same time question the viewer’s relationship to the scene and the work. We use the husk of a ruined fireplace to house a camera obscura and stereoscope – pressed concaved metal into which the viewer puts their head and looks through a divided hole into the unit. The camera obscura mimics the mechanics of the eye, and is able to capture the scene perfectly while the stereoscope splits the scene, makes it partial, layered and temporal. In doing this we layer von Guerard’s view with change, acknowledging the effects of European civilization and, peculiar to this historical panorama, suburbanization of the landscape. The creeping suburbs will be seen on the left side of the stereoscope through a camera obscura, which presents a real-time view of the scene from the point at which von Guerard allegedly painted it. On the right side, we again catch the light, but only to light a transparency of von Guerard’s original work. The technologies we draw upon – the camera obscura, stereoscope and landscape painting – create a confluence of images, both real and imagined. The iconic View of Geelong Painting can be seen at the Geelong Gallery.
Publisher City of Greater Geelong
Place of publication Montpelier Park, Highton, Geelong
Keyword(s) contemporary art
public art
australian art histroy
Summary Public Art installation by Cam Bishop and Simon Reis. Eugene von Guerard’s View of Geelong is iconic for a number of reasons, including its detailed interpretation of the landscape and its special place in the imagining of the region. Bishop and Reis seek to honour this by manipulating the science behind the view and at the same time question the viewer’s relationship to the scene and the work. We use the husk of a ruined fireplace to house a camera obscura and stereoscope – pressed concaved metal into which the viewer puts their head and looks through a divided hole into the unit. The camera obscura mimics the mechanics of the eye, and is able to capture the scene perfectly while the stereoscope splits the scene, makes it partial, layered and temporal. In doing this we layer von Guerard’s view with change, acknowledging the effects of European civilization and, peculiar to this historical panorama, suburbanization of the landscape. The creeping suburbs will be seen on the left side of the stereoscope through a camera obscura, which presents a real-time view of the scene from the point at which von Guerard allegedly painted it. On the right side, we again catch the light, but only to light a transparency of von Guerard’s original work. The technologies we draw upon – the camera obscura, stereoscope and landscape painting – create a confluence of images, both real and imagined. The iconic View of Geelong Painting can be seen at the Geelong Gallery.
Language eng
Field of Research 190104 Visual Cultures
Socio Economic Objective 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
HERDC Research category J1 Major original creative works
ERA Research output type JO2 Original creative work - Design/architectural work
Grant ID 0410 B1013 51 01
Copyright notice ©2015, The Creators
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30079565

Document type: Conference, Exhibition or Event
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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