|Australian, Asian and Pacific Contemporary Arts Context:
||Performance tour and engagement as reportage
Documentation of Contemporary arts practice
The residency at Umbrella Studios with APT3 artist Lee Wen in 1999 marked the beginning of an ongoing relationship with this artist. This experience layered the work with many surprising details and sent us off in new directions, in particular an investigation of contrasts between urban and ecological environments. The work undertaken focused on movement interaction with the interior and exterior elements remaining from the 'Port War Signal Station' on Magnetic Island. These interactions were captured on video and later edited into Bonemap 'the wild edge'.
Bonemap participation in the World Dance Alliance, Asia Pacific Next Wave Festival and conference and the Tokyo Performing Arts Market brought us, and our product face to face with other performance projects on an international stage. This opportunity was a key experience in gauging audience reaction and interpretation of our work. It allowed deeper networks and relationships within a defining region.
Through involvement with contemporary events and communities as both audience and artists Bonemap has begun to acquire reference material and experiences of visual and dance mediums unique to Australian, Asian and Pacific identity. This material forms an archive that informs and inspires the content of our work. These experiences, from the 'Body Weather Farm' in Japan to the 'Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival' in Cape York, contextualise our relationships with place and allows for a 'bigger picture' of cross cultural engagement in an international arena. Further research is planned in Singapore at the public art event 'Artists Investigating Monuments' (AIM) involving members of 'The Artists Village' and individual local and international artists in July 2000. Bonemap is also seeking resources to stage 'Conflux' an international artists exchange and residency program in development during 2001.