Performance: Lucence - New South Wales Gothic

Alexander Hunter and the Canberra Experimental Music Studio, live composition
Rowan Conroy, drone footage
Martyn Jolly, magic lantern.

New South Wales gives us the creeps. It’s a dangerous place, haunted by the souls of those who have died. For instance Lake George, originally named Weereewa or ‘bad water’, has claimed at least twenty-eight lives since the first white man saw it in 1820. Its shimmering horizon is still a fata morgana enticing us into the depths of its flatness. Seen from above, its surface is still a scaleless map without coordinates. In New South Wales entire colonial families have disappeared into history, leaving behind only water-damaged magic-lantern slides recording their family outings. Did they too drown, or wander away from their bush picnics never to be seen again? What are their mournful eyes, staring back at us from the curdling emulsion, trying to tell us? Using live music composition and live projection we will find out.

Magic Lantern Research:

As part of the LUCENCE screening program

Image courtesy Martyn Jolly


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