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Bonemap - dance sound screen image object
Bonemap's Conflux project began as a mechanism for exchange between artists in the Asia Pacific region. Stemming from international involvement over a six-year period, Conflux is the latest project in a series to focus on engaging in critical debate, and interdisciplinary research at a fundamental level.
Bonemap - dance sound screen image object
An imaginary geography contrasted by distance, ecology and national celebrations? or a unique cultural collaboration taking place between Singapore and its regional neighbour Australia. Host organisations The Substation and the Australian High Commission are querying this notion as they support Australian artists Russell Milledge and Rebecca Youdell of Bonemap to collaborate with Singaporean artists through an Asialink visual and performing arts four month residency.
The Asialink residency is in line with Bonemaps aim to foster greater and deeper regional engagement. Through the opportunity provided by the residency, Milledge and Youdell have been able to present an array of work while in Singapore. Video installations for the Substations New Criteria 9 program, Spore; a series of site-specific multimedia performance works 1ûN with artists George Chua and Misumi Suzaki; Human Density a multimedia performance work in progress at The Substation; and the premiere of The Wild Edge at the Australian High Commission in July. Another exciting component of the residency will be the presentation of 'New Image - New Way' an independently curated exhibition of Australian contemporary art featuring eight of the Northern Australias finest artists at Plastique Kinetic Worms.
A collusion of contemporary artists, Bonemap engages with environmental and social concerns within a cross artform language. Through site-specific Multimedia, Installation, and Dance techniques, Bonemap uses the global language of contemporary art to create collaborative relationships with artists and their communities. Bonemaps key tenet is to develop and engage on an international level, through establishing sustainable networks for the discussion, dissemination and employment of kinetic and integrated media as an expression.
Milledge notes, There is a growing demand for cultural experiences and opportunities within our region. Artistic celebration, survey exhibitions and cultural exchanges are important platforms for community cultural development. Bonemaps work looks at a grid of references where borders open to intra-regional dialogue and exchange. The Asialink residency allows an opportunity to promote the positive processes of exchange, interaction and celebration between artists from culturally diverse backgrounds. It also promotes a dialogue of cultural practice specific to tropical locations, while developing international liaisons with artists and organisations from other countries.
Bonemaps devices are not conventional. Medical diagnostic imaging, experimental performance, and the multiplicity of the still and moving image. A dialogue focused on a conflux of performance styles derived from individual areas of training and experience. This reveals an interest in translations that seek to investigate the ephemeral landscape without cultural claiming through the development of dance syntax relevant to the themes and context of each work. Movement research and screen based works have surfaced above other mediums as a way to engage with environments and ecologies through the ability to have significant visual and cultural impact without leaving traces of the interaction on the site. It describes experience of place and identity without demanding ownership or leaving insensitive legacies on the particular spaces that the work inhabits.
Alternatively seeking a way out of the romanticism of the landscape and a definitive sense of cultural identity. These notions build upon past curatorial and performance projects which investigate cultural identity, displacement and postcolonialism. Linkage Leakage an Asia Pacific artists exchange and residency exploring cultural leakage and currency in 1996 Listening to Skin in 1998 and The Wild Edge in 2000 all examine universal concerns.
Using the tension between the built and ecological, macro and micro, and internal and external environments, the collective work seeks to explore the architecture of the body and its relationship with the natural and built environment.
Youdell finds Immersion into the landscape echoes the transience of the body and cultural resonance. Investigation of body, movement and environment explores metaphoric and semiotic understandings, and forces the translation through interdisciplinary and collaborative site-specific performance. Collaboration comes through a desire to build upon performance and choreographic techniques acquired through exploring form and essence. As a choreographer, the accessible nature of creating through mixed media emphasises the ephemeral via land marking of social and natural history.
Transient relationships echo throughout the ecology of Northern Australia. The regions geographic proximity in the Asia Pacific notes human diversity and intervention through the drama of introduced species. Due to the flow of outside influences, postcolonial social relevance and multicultural contemporary society patterns are woven into questions of identity. The Asialink residency and artist exchange seeks to celebrate these patterns through contemporary art and cultural partnerships. The potential for Bonemap to stimulate international dialogue illuminates Australian cultural identity. Together Milledge and Youdell will survey social, historic and geographic landscape, and complement, contrast and interpret inflections of transience via the common thread of choreographic/moving design.
'The Wild Edge is premiering at the Australian High Commission 26 July.
Human Density a work in progress @ The Substation 15 - 17 July.
For more information please contact The Substation Singapore on tel: 3377535
This project has been assisted by the Asialink Centre, The New Media Arts Fund of The Australia Council the Federal Governments arts funding and advisory body, Kick Arts in association with the Queensland Centenary of Federation Celebrations, Arts Queensland, The Australian High Commission Singapore and The Substation.
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