SPACED: art out of place
4 February – 11 March 2012
Fremantle Arts Centre
1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle
For SPACED: art out of place (2012), 21 Australian and overseas artists and collectives were invited to live and work in one of 16 regional communities across Western Australia for 10 weeks. Charged with creating new work through a protracted engagement with the local social and environmental context, the outcome of these residencies took many forms including artworks, workshops, online archives, exhibitions and publications.
Seeking to bridge the gulf between site-specificity and gallery presentation, projects created during these residencies were first shown in the communities in which they were developed, and subsequently edited and reconfigured for the inaugural SPACED: art out of place exhibition at Fremantle Arts Centre. Taking over all the galleries and a number of other spaces at the Centre, the exhibited works included large sculptural, video, audio, photographic and multimedia installations.
Accompanied by a symposium and post-exhibition reader, the inaugural SPACED exhibition is the first of a series of future biennial events that continue IASKA’s mission to foster the development of new and more productive modes of interaction between contemporary artists and communities.
Created by Melbourne-based sound artist, Philip Samartzis, Peninsula is a surround-sound installation comprising audio recorded on the Dampier Peninsula between August and September 2010. The work draws on the insights of the local Djarindjin, Lombadinia and One Arm Point communities who shared with the artist those sounds most meaningful to them.
Through a network of assorted microphones – depdloyed to capture a broad range of air, water and structure-based sounds – Peninsula describes the region using forensic methods of investigation. In this way, Samartzis uses key sonic signifiers to reveal the complex set of natural, built and spatial elements that coalesce to create the uniquely immersive and tactile aural environment of the Dampier Peninsula and its communities.
Peninsula was produced as part of Tura New Music’s annual Regional Residency Program.