Tell us about the evolution of your concept through this creative development process.
“Transmitting – Receiving” (working title)
Ian Tully and I have been talking, texting and emailing thoughts and images back and forth since the beginning of the collaboration. I compose for film, television and theatre, incorporating playing of the cello and viola with looping technology in live cinema performances. Collaborating with Ian, who also has a performative aspect to his practice, we recognised that our practices would be an exciting fit, allowing both to evolve.
Reflecting on our respective strengths and interests, we made the decision to gather footage, conduct interviews, explore the landscape of this region, trial various performances and record elements for sound design. The first stage in our collaboration produced a two-channel video work that incorporates live performance. In mid August I spent six days working with Ian in his studio and in the field.
Critical to our creative development of Stage One and at the core of the Regional Futures program, is the need to converse and to listen. Listening to the earth, the flora and fauna, as well as our interviewees has been a critical element of exploration for us. Capturing those sounds and content, and then responding through actions, visual art production and performance is an essential process for the outcome of Stage One.