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Under soil & skin
The Mission to Seafarers, 2023
Five channel projection with five channel sound installation

Under Soil & Skin is a multi-channel immersive moving image installation mapped to the Mission to Seafarers iconic Norla Dome. Working with the premise of a broken chord, a fractured composition is performed with a disfigured cello for the fire-damaged forests of the Blue Mountains. This engagement with the landscape positions art as a regenerative navigational tool to uproot dissonance and to find the points at which harmony sits, strikes or sings.

On Friday 3 February the exhibition was activated by an event score. The sonic composition travelled around the dome at the command of theremin performers Vijay Thillaimuthu and Chloë Sobek.

Supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Produced in partnership with the Centre for Projection Art and the Mission to Seafarers.

DoP & film editor: Gene Alberts
Composer: Matthijs van Dijk
Sound Design: Simon Ratcliffe
Documentation: Sean Healy

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