Front and back covers of the DVD.
ZEN-PDMK (Post Digital Meditation Kit)
This work was inspired by seeing a Buddhist monk meditating in the middle of a busy Taipei city street. He was deep in meditation and was able to separate himself from the commotion of the traffic noise and rushing crowds around him. The monk’s presence draws the viewer in and concentrates the mind into a state of sympathetic meditation. The aim of this meditation is to forget or let go of yourself. You can then be transported into a pure state of being-ness -– joining with the white light noise – becoming one with the chaotic static of our postmodern world. [Kurt Brereton 2006]
Orpheus Enters The Mangroves
Few people venture into the Orphic world of the mangroves. They are not something you pass through on the way to somewhere else. Mangroves demand a quantum leap of entrance, of being inside. And once you have left the familiar solid shore, you must give yourself up to the laws of mud, and mirrored waters. Ghostly white figures of mangrove trees, finger roots and eye socket holes stand prop-like on an estuarine stage. Here imagination follows matter. All life is interconnected, hyper-adaptive and flexible. Temporal and spatial references must be renegotiated. Stillness and patience force an attentive silence and a breathing that is long, slow and deep – in tune with the pulse of the river. The reward is a gradual introduction to the mangroves as a sympathetic organism – a body with much more going on beneath the surface expanses of dumb mud, reflective pools and unruly trees.
This is a performance drawing animation that includes the artist as a player. You witness the development of the artwork – every step becomes a frame. This work is about the art-making process, about the ecological time and the built environment. On a political level, the work shows the loss of the rainforest as the housing projects take over. As a result of global warming and climate change a bushfire is seen rushing through the forest destroying the housing estate in its path. What is left is a burnt out wasteland with only the trace of the estate left behind.
The animation is projected onto the gallery next to the large drawing “frame” showing the last arrested end stage. The viewer can witness the history of this estate in an endless loop.
Mt Keira (Eternal Monument for a Short Time)
Mt Keira is the Mt Fuji of my local landscape. Both mountains are extinct volcanos and both can be seen from the coast. And both are symbolic of nature’s monumental (sublime) beauty and the insignificance of human mortality in the face of such an eternal presence. Our experience of such a monument is made up of a series of views, frame grabs and glimpses.
performance drawing - charcoal and eraser on paper (152cm x 112cm) - 900 frames
The Fall of Man, or simply The Fall, is a Christian Biblical myth that refers to humanity's fall from a state of innocent bliss to a state of sinful understanding. The cause of this fall was disobedience to God and the result of it was that humankind could no longer remain in God's beautiful Garden of Eden, or walk in the sight of God.
3D animation of the Garden of Eden reduced to a series of 2 dimensional screen memory images of nature inside a virtual room projection