Heart Pieces 2018
six laser cut vinyl text triptychs, twelve screens (polyester, pine, zinc fixings, nylon), three projected moving image works on a single channel (7.02 minute loop), one single track audio soundtrack (22.08 minute loop)
Heart Pieces moves fictional narratives from the traditional page or screen onto the wall, inviting us to become physically enclosed within the stories they tell, reversing the traditional relationship between reader and book-based text.
The narrative is stories and fragments of stories.
Tales of lost and found.
Humans, animals, the sky and the sea.
Scientific research, magic, secrets and war.
Lives, loves, hopes, dreams.
Death, curiosity, wonder and opportunity.
And the single thread that binds these things: heart.
The Moving Image
Projections on the floor reflect and repeat fragments of the stories found within the text, creating visual meditations through their mesmeric repetition. The ants follow an apparently invisible imperative, decided by the leader, unquestioned by those who follow. While there is surely a purpose in this curious path, it is not easily explained. The bees move through the air in what appears to be random paths but their lives have a similar order. The water that lies between them becomes words, written and erased, written and erased, in a never-ending reconsideration of everything we know. A challenge to the order? A reminder that nothing stays the same?
Sound is ubiquitous with every space we inhabit, either through its presence or its absence. Sound can be also used as a weapon, both the obvious and the sub aural. Constant noise fills the exterior of our lives from human voice to music and machine – it is almost a human addiction. But silence can bring its own discomfort. The foley for Heart Pieces aims to take on another guise. Intimate, of the interior. It is the sound of water, human ingenuity, insects, breath, life, the planet, and the heart.
Heart Pieces explores six states of the human condition: risk, assumption, curiosity, action, despair and hope.
Heart Pieces commenced at Prospect Gallery on 21 June and finished on 22 July, 2018.
This website was intended to act in partnership with the physical installation in the gallery, allowing greater accessibility for people living with vision or hearing disabilities. With the aid of a smart phone, visitors were able to use the QR code in the gallery that links to the content on this website. It is also intended as an opportunity to engage with the ideas both beyond your visit and beyond the life of the exhibition.
The text took two people 5 hours to install on the gallery walls.
The centre of each triptych, not including the title, is exactly 16 words.
The centre of the LOVE triptych was inspired by this essay by Danielle Moylan.
In the soundscape you will hear recordings from inside the earth. They have been been sped up to make them audible. You will also hear crickets, slowed down. The continual bass drone was once a tug boat horn.
Dani took the footage of the ants just before the rainy season began in Oaxaca, Mexico.
The water footage was shot outside beautiful Gallery Yampu on the Port River in Adelaide, Australia.
The bees live in our garden.
Staging an exhibition requires more than a good idea. To bring this installation to life we have had the support of some great friends and professionals who have made it all work. Thank you.
We would like to thank:
WallsThatTalk, for professionalism, perfectionism and kindness.
Leo Gaggl, technology genius and man of incredibly generous spirit, for making the technology work.
Andrea O'Shea, production manager and woman of tools, for skill, calm and excellent team meetings. We literally could not have mounted this without you.
Lisa Bailey, science communicator extraordinaire, for agreeing to launch the exhibition before she had even seen the finished work. https://riaus.org.au/
JT Bullitt, for so generously sharing the beautiful work of the Earthsound Project so that sound artists and musicians can literally work with the planet. http://www.earthsound.com/
Liz Burbrook, for sourcing beautiful wine and bringing the opening night platters together, essential for an exhibition launch.
Grahame and Iain, for beautiful and responsible service of alcohol.
Bernie, for letting us use her scaffold... by the way Bernie, we used your scaff!