The Ocean Wants You Back
Gertrude Street Projection Festival, Centre for Projection Art, 2021
PAST PRESENTs FUTUREs
Curated by Jacob Tolo, this year we hit fast forward to 500 years into the future, asking artists for speculative visions far beyond the now and to consider the importance of constructs such as colour, race, gender, sexuality, age, ability, class and nationality.
In The Ocean Wants You Back, human skin cannot be exposed to the atmosphere. Physical distinctions between cultures and gender are concealed by protective clothing. We are one human race, unified by our fragility, equally vulnerable to the punishing reality of our changing environment. In this future we witness window cleaners abseil down a building. Fully covered, they clean away the surface to reveal a window into the possible future of this site. With each stroke a new section of the projection is revealed, exposing blinding light emanating from a potent, violent sea. As the workers descend into the earth the ocean begins to darken. This work embodies the precarity of the human condition, whilst questioning the future of our rising seas.
Special thanks to the team at Circus Oz and the Centre for Projection Art for presenting this project.
Artist talk audio & transcript
Single channel projection still, 2021, Gertrude Street. Photo: Dr D.