The Violin Does Not Play the Bow
Single channel projection, 5min, Multi-Arts Pavilion mima, 2022
Photos: Wanagi Zable-Andrews
A recording is like a ghost or an echo of a performance, reverberating. This film applies temporal stretching to the moving image cycle, bending sound into a foreign otherness, reminiscent of a distant whale cry.
Having sacrificed her string instruments, the artist bows a section of her studio, generating new modes of performance. Life and death cycles are similar in essence: for instance, certain plant species and ecosystems require fire for their seeds to propagate. This artwork aims to recognise such dualities, perseverance and potency of regrowth, in the midst of devastation.
Commissioned by Lake Mac Arts, NSW and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.