SITUATE Arts Lab 2013 artist has been spending lots of time in Hobart in recent times. Michaela Gleave had two works featured in Dark Mofo, and was part of the Salamanca Arts Centre major exhibition New Alchemists in July/August).
Fear Eats the Soul (Dark Mofo):
….reflects on pagan rituals and the banishing of darkness, referencing pre-Christian beliefs in heightened supernatural activity during the midwinter solstice. Playing on cultural remnants of religious superstition the work asks the audience to consider the degree to which we allow fear to drive our personal and collective behaviours. more
Created in collaboration with Amanda Cole and Warren Armstrong, A Galaxy of Suns (Dark Mofo):
‘plays’ the stars as they rise and set over 360˚ of the horizon. Tracking the Earth’s motions through space, the workdocuments in real-time the audience’s precise position in relation to the stars, sonifying stellar data to create a sound and visual composition unique to their location in space and time. more
View a video of the work here.
New Alchemists is curated by Dr Alicia King and features a diverse suite of contemporary works by local, Australian and International artists:Art Orienté Objet (France), Michaela Gleave (Aus), Ian Haig (Aus), Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr (Aus), (in collaboration with Corrie van Sice), Nadege Philippe-Janon (mentored by Bill Hart) (Aus), Thomas Thwaites (UK), Lu Yang (China). New Alchemists explores ideas of futuristic biologies and post-human engagements within the broad intersections of art and science. more
Main image: Michaela Gleave talks about her work at the Floor Talk for New Alchemists on 23 July. Photo by Chris Phelps.