Adrift by Nigel Helyer.Memory Flows: rivers, creeks and the Great Artesian Basin
In this project from the Centre for Media Arts and Innovation (UTS), artists collaborate around the shared theme of rivers and memory flows. Australia has been suffering one of the worst droughts ever, making water an especially poignant and pressing concern; but water has always run deep in the Australian imaginary and reality. For tens of thousands of years, water has played a crucial role for Indigenous people, as they used their extensive knowledge of underground river systems for sustainable water management. But now the Great Artesian Basin is being interfered with below ground; and above ground, too, through abuse and mismanagement, rivers are dying – some alive only in memory. Australian rivers are also conduits that are emblematic of networking systems, travel systems and survival systems. We will look at and listen to memory as it is borne along the currents, embedded in the flora and debris, traced along dried up riverbeds. As artists collaboratively access the flow of memories from above, from the shoreline and along the rivers’ currents, the stream of memory will flow together.
EXHIBITION @ CARRIAGEWORKS
24 - 27 June
Memory Flows artists include Nigel Helyer, Maria Miranda & Norie Neumark, Greg Shapley, Jacqueline Gothe & Ian Gwilt
LIVE PERFORMANCE @ BON MARCHE THEATRE, UTS
25 June, 8pm
Performers, Chris Caines, Shannon O’Neill and Jes Tyrrell, improvise together, responding to each other and to audio-visual material from sources including the ABC's Pool web site.