This Adelaide Fringe Festival 2013 event marks Cecilia White’s 25th ‘breathing space’ project since her first performance and installation in May 2011. This event draws on the project’s earliest explorations of wonder, otherness and the self through the interaction of text, sound and visual installation.
Australia is arguably the land of ‘otherness’. It fosters a questioning of our sense of shifting, of belonging, of grounding ourselves. Eight, the musical requisite of notes for unity, is also a stylised representation of infinity – is this seeking of connection ad infinitum or, despite all social and cultural demarcations, are we t/here, or perhaps somewhere nearby? Could we already be connected, within ourselves and to others, we people from everywhere?
For this ninety minute investigative performance and installation Cecilia White invited seven other artists to join her in a conversation with our source/s of (un)knowing, our state of (un)certainty, our (dis)location of self with others in spaces of (less)experience. This unique interaction between visual, text and sound aims to unsettle the closed, release the definitive, and architecture a creative breathing space. The act of breathing often passes unnoticed as a marker of both constancy and change.
The simple in, pause and out rhythms are key to our ability to engage with our emotions, thoughts and actions. In our borderless yet often isolating urban environment, this performance creates a shared experience for reflection, giving rise to potential for transformation ad infinitum – in us, our surroundings, our interactions. It is in the breathing that we may contemplate disturbance, connection, release: within our own minds, the body that is the city, the body of the landscape. It may be that we are each other’s breath. – everywhere or perhaps somewhere else.
Text: Cecilia White, Mike Ladd, Jill Jones, Juan Garrido-Salgado, Jude Aquilina, Andre Lawrence Sound: Nick Tsiavos Projection: Annette Willis Installation: Cecilia White
Sunday 24 February 2012, 2.30 pm – 4 pm
Greenaway Art Gallery… 39 Rundle St, Kent Town… Adelaide 5067 SA
This event was supported by Greenaway Art Gallery.