(Re)Presenting – May 2020 – Artist John Waller – burning…(for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night) – Bartleme Galleries 1994

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burning…

http://www.jwaller.com.au/works/burning.html

 

 

 

Bartleme Galleries. Place established. shop 27a, Elizabeth Arcade, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Running time: 1min 48sec

 

 

 

burning… (for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night)

 

 

 

Running time: 1min 48sec

 

 

 

This video documenation is a 3D software recreation of burning… as it was shown at at Bartleme Galleries, Brisbane in 1994.

 

 

 

The red video noise was created by recording a red computer screen onto a 3hr VHS tape, then copying the tape repeatedly until the red image had decayed to the point seen in the video. The sound was recorded from a black-and-white TV turned off-channel.

 

 

 

The walls and ceiling of the small gallery where burning… was installed were left white and, as the only light came from the monitors, the room was bathed in a warm red glow. And while the noise from the TV monitors was quite loud, and created an almost physical resistance to entering the room, once inside it became rather womb-like and the sound would envelop viewers in a cocoon that would insulate them from outside noise.

 

 

On opening night, with a large noisy crowd attending a group show in the adjacent, much larger gallery space, I found a few people had escaped the noise of the main gallery and were just sitting quietly, using the video installation like a mediation tank. Later, another friend came up to me and thanked me, saying the installation had cured the headache she had had all afternoon.

 

 

 

3-channel VHS video, 3-hour loops, plinths, VHS combo units, white room.
John Waller 1994.

http://www.johnwaller.com.au

John Waller
Darwin, Australia
I am an Australian artist working with digital animation and video for projection, screen and installation projects.

 

https://vimeo.com/jwaller

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