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Working the Screen 1999

Works in progress: video & film

Atomic Fuzz
Ian Haig

Ian Haig, Atomic Fuzz
Ian Haig, Atomic Fuzz

Video clip. Animation: Ian Haig, 3 mins. Psychotronic grind....two headed transplant mutants, 50s monster movies, flying saucers, creatures from black lagoons, laboratory experiments, brain operations, invaders from Mars and lots of fuzz...

The biggest technical challenge in this project was working with Atomic Fuzz, because of their recent brain surgery.

Ian Haig is a media artist working across the areas of video, computer animation, and installation. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at VideoBrasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Pandemonium Festival of moving images, UK

Completion September 99.

Denis Beaubois

Tracking is an installation exploring the reading of an event through the facial expressions of the viewer. The response of the viewer formulates its own narrative which we, as observers, attempt to decode. It questions the role of documentation as representation and in its place suggests a process of translation.

The proposal is to devise a system of video monitoring which makes use of infra-red technology and night viewing equipment to scan and record audiences viewing performances. The video signal will be relayed in real time to the front of the venue and displayed outside (in the street) via a monitor. All who pass the theatre at the time of performance encounter a real time displaced electronic audience symbolically observing the pedestrian and transient traffic.

Born in Mauritius in 1970, Denis Beaubois lives and works in Sydney. His practice includes performance, video and photography. He has performed and exhibited throughout Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the United States. He has also worked as deviser and performer with Post Arrivalists (1993-95) and Gravity Feed (1994-99). His work titled in the event of amnesia the city will recall... won the Bonn Videonale 8 in Germany. He is presently working in Germany as Artist in Residence at the Artist Unlimited Group in Bielefield.

This work was tested as part of Space 1999 in May this year. It will be presented in Germany in October 1999.

Please Wait Here
Dominic Redfern

Please Wait Here is a video which also forms the central component of an installation piece. It takes as its subject matter daytime television, daytime talk in particular. It examines TV as a sort of campfire onto which we project our thoughts, drifting in and out of the content. The work is not, however, a negative critique of daytime TV’s opiate qualities. It seeks rather to embrace and explore some of the possibilities for a contemplative mode of awareness while in the viewing state.

The work took about 6 months to complete, pushing my home system to its limits, often taking up to 23 hours to preview minor changes to a minute or less of work. A 24 hour working method developed in which I would set the computer to render and then go off to bed, setting the alarm for a time when the computer predicted it would complete its rendering. Once completed the work cannot be backed up as a single file due to it’s size and has to be reconstructed from component parts each time I wish to copy it.
Dominic Redfern is a lecturer in Video Installation at RMIT in the Media Arts course area. He has exhibited work in galleries such as First Floor, Project Space, @lt TV and Westspace, and the Sydney Film Festival, Melbourne International Festival and the Anemone Program (WA).

To be screened at the Film and Television Institute of Western Australia and tour regional galleries as part of the Art’s Edge touring program.

RealTime issue #32 Aug-Sept 1999 pg. 18

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