Temporary Localised Art Project
Wood, acrylic paint, fixings, polypropylene, adhesive vinyl
Site specific installation
Northern Festival Centre, Port Pirie SA
Prior to the commencement of my time as artist in residence for Country Arts SA at the Northern Festival Centre in Pt Pirie, I had the opportunity to learn a bit about the way that SA Power Networks utilises technology to streamline and improve their infrastructure and services. At a visit to Enerven (a subsidiary to SAPN) I was introduced to the LiDAR– a data collection method used in surveying where millions of points are mapped in realtime using a laser pulse. These coordinates are fed into 3D software where the clouds of points are connected to form a detailed digital representation of a particular space.
My approach to being a resident artist in Pt Pirie paralleled this technology but in a more performative and analogue way. I spent many hours walking the streets of the town, searching its centre, finding its edges. I photographed its buildings and skylines and shared meals and conversations offered up people who have called this place a home. Past, present and future stories of the earth, ocean and air formed a context for my survey– a cloud of data points that existed more as a feeling than anything else.
This sculptural work in the foyer of the Northern Festival Centre is the result of building connections between the many and varied points of my two week survey. The process began as a set of 2D proposals– digital and analogue experiments set amongst sites around the town. Now following two weeks of construction and conversations, these ideas have found a definite form and place.