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Dancer at Tjibaou

I just received this great photo of the Kermadec Exhibition at the Tjibaou Centre in New Caledonia. In May last year a group performed a contemporary dance in response to the works including my video installation “Surface Tension” .

You can see the “Surface Tension” video in my earlier post.

Jason O'Hara Surface tensions

©ADCK-Centre culturel Tjibaou, photogr. Eric Dell’Erba

 

Surface Tension – video installation

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A new work that has just been installed in the Kermadec Exhibition at the Tjibaou centre in Nouméa, New Caledonia.

It is titled “Surface Tension” and represents the tussle between the ‘opposing currents’ of PEW/artists and the NZ Government as they meet at the line in the ocean that is the Kermadecs. The calls of the various proponents for and against can be heard over the unerring rhythmic beat of the ocean. At one stage the debate escalates and the waters redden but the ocean roars back and returns bluer than ever. It is deliberately left inconclusive.

The soundtrack is actually constructed from recordings I made when we were “hands to bathe” (swimming) on the Tropic of Capricorn – slowed down, layered and played backwards in an attempt to represent an inverted take on the moment (i.e. when viewed from below). The video was shot using my home-made lens.

Here is a sneak preview:

 

 

Kermadec exhibition opens in Noumea

The latest iteration of the Kermadec exhibition has just opened in the Renzo Piano designed Tjibaou centre in Nouméa, New Caledonia.

It features a selection of works from the exhibition that went to the MAC (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Santiago Chile last year plus a handful of new works including a new large video installation by me (you can just see it at the top of the steps)

Here are a few snaps from Bronwen Golder:

Read more about the kermadec exhibition here