Dario Lazzaretto a sound artist from Italy (who I had met on my previous visit to NES) and Georgina Criddle from Australia collaborated on a video projection and soundscape installation that seems to have embedded itself within my psyche and rolls around in my head days later.
Dario had stretched the sound of the camera click...the physical act of the camera taking the photo and created an eerie, haunting, even violent at times soundscape that successfully secures the image to itself. It is as much about the physical act of photography as it is about perception and the art of seeing and not seeing...the quick snapshot of a passing landscape that we take to remind us that we were there...we give it a cursory glance...not really looking...it is all rather instant. What Georgina and Dario do is slow down the experience and instead of the fleeting transitory act of snapping this passing landscape we get the chance to stop and wander through it. We are taken on a long expedition into the physical terrain of the photograph, we move around, in, exploring and feeling the unseen and in doing so surprisingly re-discover the image.
A thought provoking work that makes connections with layers of meaning and ideas that continue to play around in my head.
Imagine my surprise when I realised that the Australian artist Georgina Criddle was from Perth Western Australia and had completed her very same degree at the very same university only a few years after I did mine.
Georgina my 3rd cousin 1x removed
Absolutely amazing and astounding that we should meet, not in Australia the country we are from or in the city of Perth where we both lived or at the university where Georgina was studying and I was working simultaneously but that we meet here on the other side of the world, in Iceland where it is pretty much a common occurrence to be introduced to someone and discover your related.