'Split Rock'
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Vanessa White

'Split Rock'

'Split Rock' Gülsen Özer, Vanessa White and Ania Reynolds About the art work: 'Split Rock' is a site responsive video artwork engaging in local history, geology and mythology. Through a process of mining historical data and mingling it with speculative fictions, collaborators Gülsen Özer, Vanessa White and Ania Reynolds, render this research into a poetic form.  In the work the dancer performs durational choreographies that invite new, ways of connecting to place. Similarly the film techniques used in the work re-imagine our bodies’ engagement with, and contributions to, ecological assemblages. One of the critical elements of the video work is the interpretation and visualisation of corporeal and non-verbal experience; finding new ways to document and communicate the unspoken and ineffable. The reformulation of the body in motion explores uncanny effects, producing new, visceral possibilities and meaning. Various forms of creative expression are integrated in the work to provide conceptual fluidity and material flexibility. The final form and narrative structure is embedded in the imagery of the landscape and environment. In collaboration Gülsen, Vanessa, and Ania examine gesture and form of the body in space suffused with sound and music. The three artists from different artistic backgrounds combine to provide a substantive addition to the lexicon of possible meaning for audiences witnessing this artwork. About the Geological and Historical influences: The performance, choreography, filming and editing within the artwork is enhanced by a considered engagement with the earth sciences, as well as other historical data. The rocky outcrops pictured in the work are all within the 'Tynong Batholith'; a large geographical area of granite rock, mostly still deep beneath the earth formed by magma. They have been subject to ‘mechanical weathering’, also called ‘physical weathering’ and ‘disaggregation’. This is one of the predominant causes for granite rocks, such as those depicted in the film, to crumble. For instance, in mechanical weathering liquid water can seep into cracks and crevices in rock. If temperatures drop low enough, the water will freeze. When water freezes, it expands. The ice then works as a wedge. It slowly widens the cracks and splits the rock. When ice melts, liquid water performs the act of erosion by carrying away the tiny rock fragments lost in the split. Other mechanical weathering includes the small growth of flora, such a moss and trees that can also enlarge cracks in rocks. Another is salt, which can also get into cracks and break rocks apart.  The highest altitude location for this film is Mount Cannibal. The naming history of Mount Cannibal comes from a corruption of the Aboriginal word ‘couna’ meaning ‘forehead’ and ‘bal’ meaning ‘he’ or ‘she’. This refers to the head-like shape of the Mount Cannibal rocky outcrop. ‘Counabal’ was an important navigational marker for Aboriginal people and it continues to be a significant landmark and nature reserve for Aboriginal people. This granite outcrop is one of the largest displays in southern Victoria and the large boulders located here are over 350 million years old. 'Split Rock' Choreographer/Dancer – Gülsen Özer Video – Vanessa White Music – Ania Reynolds Thanks to Fatima Almeida – Project management support Tracey Burrows – Research; Geology Tony and Gai Fitzgerald – Local knowledge Fergus Floyd – Filming Assistance Dr. John Floyd – Research; Mechanical weathering of Granite George Fry – Local knowledge/Aboriginal knowledge Janine Good – Research; Geology Kristen Jackson – Pandemic Response Team/Location access Sue Jarvis – Local knowledge Upper Beaconsfield Community – Facebook Group/Local knowledge Special thanks to Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir James Fischer Amanda Gibson Vivienne Rogis Cr Jeff Springfield We are grateful for opportunity to work on the traditional land of the Kulin Nation. We acknowledge and pay respect to Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia; to Elders and all Aboriginal people, acknowledging sovereignty was never ceded.  Gulsen Ozer, Vanessa White and Ania Reynolds This artwork was created with funding by the Cardinia Council during the 2020 COVID 19 pandemic and in accordance with the relevant COVID 19 restrictions at the time of shooting. Contact the artists: www.gulsenozer.com www.vanessawhiteart.com www.aniareynolds.com
'Salt Lake' - Lake Tyrrell, Pink Lakes VIC
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Vanessa White

'Salt Lake' - Lake Tyrrell, Pink Lakes VIC

Screenings: July 2020 - 'Distant Nature' Knoll Galerie Wien AUSTRIA, Fotograf Gallery Prague CZECH REPUBLIC, MAO / DIG in K13 - Kasarne Kulturpark Košice SLOVAKIA June 2020 - Honourable mention, Experimental Forum Film Festival, Los Angeles US 2020 Acquired for permanent collection Latrobe Regional Gallery March 2020 - Adelaide Arts Festival Centre, SA Jan-Feb 2020 - 'Moving Pictures', LaTrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell VIC Sept 2019 - Arts Mildura, 'Salt Body' exhibition, VIC July 2019 - 'The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival', Winton QLD Performer: Peter Fraser Video: Vanessa White Music: Michael Havir and Ania Reynolds Filmed at Lake Tyrrell, Sea Lake, VIC Australia ‘Salt Lake’ is a poetic video that visualises and explores our need to engage with and connect to the natural world. As both a part of nature and a witness to nature, our impact is fraught with responsibility for the challenges and dangers of climate change. ‘Salt Lake’ is a mesmerising and haunting cinematic journey into a sublime pearlescent void, following a figure through a seemingly endless, dream-like landscape. Within this lake site, the interplay between performer and camera is choreographed precisely, merging an inner mind-scape with an outer landscape to generate liminal insights, evocatively connecting human perception with the natural environment. Filmed at Lake Tyrrell in the Mallee district of Victoria, the lake is formed by a shallow, salt-crusted depression. Here land and sky appear to merge as the shallow, lake-water reflects an image of the sky. The lake takes its name from the Wergaia word for ‘sky.’ ===================================== Last year Peter and I spent two weeks filming at Lake Tyrrell and Pink Lakes Murray Sunset National Park. This video is the first in a series of work that we created there. This video draws on the ethereal and intuitive performance traditions of Butoh and Improvisation, in concert with the images of landscape and the environment, to see how the strangeness and the reformulation of the body in motion can be made to perform and narrate meaning.
'23° West' - Award winning dance film - Iceland
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Vanessa White

'23° West' - Award winning dance film - Iceland

Screenings: July 2020 - 'Distant Nature', Knoll Galerie Wien, Fotograf Gallery Prague and MAO / DIG in K13 - Kasarne Kulturpark Košice. Simultaneous screenings Dec 2019 - Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach International Mini Movie and Film Festivals, Florida US Nov 2019 - The Hague Global Cinema Festival NL April 2019 - AltFF Spring - Alternative Film Festival Toronto CANADA - Winner Super Short Film Best Cinematography Finalist in The 65th Blake Prize, Casulla Power House NSW Oct 2018 - '40 North Dance Film Festival' Official Selection, San Diego US May 2018 - 'Odile', Dandenong Regional Gallery, Melbourne AUSTRALIA May 2017 - '23:22 NW 223°', Gallery SÍM, Reykjavík, ICELAND ---------------------------------------- '23° West' was shot in the Western region of Iceland during my artist residency at SIM. Three artists from different counties come together to create this collaborative film project. Dancer Icelandic, choreographer Finnish and video Australian. Dancer: Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir Choreographer: Favela Vera Ortiz Video artist: Vanessa White Thank you: Frank van de Ven, Gabrielle Mimram, Janet Tavener, Rew Hank, Katrin Helena Jonsdottir, SIM Residency. Artist statement: Created by Australian interdisciplinary artist Vanessa White, Finnish choreographer Favela Vera Ortiz and Icelandic performer Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir. Shot on location in the West region of Iceland around the Snaefellsjokull glacier and National Park. 23 West brings together Australian interdisciplinary artist Vanessa White, Finnish choreographer Favela Vera Ortiz and Icelandic performer Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir. The work was filmed in the West region of Iceland around Snæfellsjökull (the glacier) and National Park. In a landscape rendered treeless by generations of human land use and millennia of successive glaciations White, Vera Ortiz and Bergsteinsdottir create a work that uses location, movement, and an expanded video mise en scene to enact an inner landscape. They perform visually and bodily the process of navigating the terrain of emotion, thought and ideas creating for the viewer a rich imaginary space where it is possible to inhabit the work as a psychic theatre to reflect on a personal relationship to navigating the passing of time. Bergsteinsdottir and Vera Ortiz devise a Butoh influenced language of movement which with the continuous repetition of falling, standing, grappling with the landscape and contemplation evokes a Beckett like stoicism. I can’t go on. I’ll go on. White expands the timeframe of the movement and the editing so that actions occur simultaneously outside linear time. Viewers experience both the movements of Bergsteinsdottir and the landscape itself as a floating continuum of associations allowing the work to form a more abstract totality. One where both the metaphor and the physical actualities of movement and landscape combine to create the work. Bio’s Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir is an Icelandic performer and artist based in Akureyri, Iceland. Her works involve the physical embodiment of interior images and explore body, movement, and nature through her works. The underlying themes in her work are movement and a state of being, investigating physical presence and relationships to the natural environment. Growing up in the north of Iceland, nature and the elements have been a strong influence on her work. Thora graduated from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2004. She has performed and exhibited throughout Europe and China and has work represented in the Akureyri Art Museum, Iceland collection. Favela Vera Ortiz is a Finnish-Argentinian choreographer based in Helsinki, Finland. She creates compositions that extend the boundaries of the body, self, and space. Favela is well known as an inventor of Choreographer’s Appointment, in which participants find their solo movements with the choreographer, and engage in a social form of personal choreography with a performance. Favela has worked with multiple themes in her native Finland, in Stockholm, Buenos Aires, Paris, and Melbourne, Australia, to name a few locations. She studied at the University of Dance, choreographer department in Stockholm, Sweden. Choreographed works for dance companies in Buenos Aires and in Gothenburg and! has worked at several artist residencies including The Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, France. Vanessa White is an Australian visual and interdisciplinary artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Her work traverses multiple disciplines predominantly working with, painting, animation, and performance. Vanessa navigates pathways through visceral artworks exploring longstanding traditions of aesthetic and philosophical debate about art and identity. E: vanessawhitemedia@gmail.com W: vanessawhite.me vanessawhitemedia.com favelaveraortiz.tumblr.com solla.org
TOUCHED BY NATURE Episode 1 The Bridge - Video art
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Vanessa White

TOUCHED BY NATURE Episode 1 The Bridge - Video art

'Touched By Nature’ is a multi episode video work comprising five short videos exploring a series of natural and man made environments in and around Helsinki, Finland. Exploring the idea that the material around us, nature and architectural structures are alive. Utilising gestures of the body, physicality and performance as ways of making meaning This is Episode 1 in the series, ‘The Bridge’. Episode 1 The Bridge is located in Kalasatama, named after Isoisänniemi. The steel arch bridge is 170 meters long having the longest chords of all light traffic bridges in Helsinki. The overlay structure is entirely made of steel. TOUCHED BY NATURE Ep 1 The Bridge Ep 2 Ripple Ep 3 Isle of Sheep Ep 4 Reeds Ep 5 Bird Song Bay 'Touched By Nature’ is a continuation of collaborative work with Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir and Favela Vera Ortiz. In November 2018 I traveled to Helsinki, Finland to work to create a version of the Iceland footage (23 degrees West) to present as part of the stage work in Favela's theatre dance work ‘Crossing Latitudes’ at Espoo City Theatre, Espoo, Finland. While in Helsinki we filmed new material, at various locations including Sheep Isle and Kalasatama (fish harbor) district including ‘Isoisänsilta' (grandfather's bridge), and public art installation ‘Väre’ by Lighting Design Collective. Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir exhibited the work as a five channel installation in Iceland during August 2020. The group exhibition was titled the same name (‘Touched by Nature’). The artist were living and working in remote Northern Iceland, Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir, Joris Rademaker and Adalsteinn Thorsson from 1st - 16th August 2020 at Segull 67, Siglufjordur, Iceland. Credits - Choreography/Performance - Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir Video - Vanessa White Choreographer/Costume - Favela Vera Ortiz Music Score by Diana Sus Recorded and Mixed by Diana Sus Master - Sigfús Jónson Gong, Drum and Crystal Bowls - Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir Voice - Stefán Eli
TOUCHED BY NATURE Episode 2 Ripple
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Vanessa White

TOUCHED BY NATURE Episode 2 Ripple

'Touched By Nature’ is a multi episode video work comprising five short videos exploring a series of natural and man made environments in and around Helsinki, Finland. Exploring the idea that the material around us, nature and architectural structures are alive. Utilising gestures of the body, physicality and performance as ways of making meaning This is Episode 2 in the series, ‘Ripple’. About the location: Episode 2 Ripple is located at ‘Väre’ in Kalasatama, Helsinki, Finland. ‘Väre’ is a public installation created by Lighting Design Collective, shortlisted for a Darc award. It consists of approx. 2000 Kevlar ropes, and refers to the history of the region as an old harbour with an industrial vibe, whilst generating an artistic and engaging identity for the new developments in Kalasatama. The work was made in collaboration with Helin & Co Architects and Berry Creative. TOUCHED BY NATURE Ep 1 The Bridge Ep 2 Ripple Ep 3 Isle of Sheep Ep 4 Reeds Ep 5 Bird Song Bay 'Touched By Nature’ is a continuation of collaborative work with Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir and Favela Vera Ortiz. In November 2018 I traveled to Helsinki, Finland to work to create a version of the Iceland footage (23 degrees West) to present as part of the stage work in Favela's theatre dance work ‘Crossing Latitudes’ at Espoo City Theatre, Espoo, Finland. While in Helsinki we filmed new material, at various locations including Sheep Isle and Kalasatama (fish harbor) district including ‘Isoisänsilta' (grandfather's bridge), and public art installation ‘Väre’ by Lighting Design Collective. Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir exhibited the work as a five channel installation in Iceland during August 2020. The group exhibition was titled the same name (‘Touched by Nature’). The artist were living and working in remote Northern Iceland, Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir, Joris Rademaker and Adalsteinn Thorsson from 1st - 16th August 2020 at Segull 67, Siglufjordur, Iceland. Credits - Choreography/Performance - Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir Video - Vanessa White Choreographer/Costume- Favela Vera Ortiz Music Score by Diana Sus Recorded and Mixed by Diana Sus Master - Sigfús Jónson Gong, Drum and Crystal Bowls - Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir Voice - Stefán Eli
TOUCHED BY NATURE Episode 3 Isle of Sheep
04:44
Vanessa White

TOUCHED BY NATURE Episode 3 Isle of Sheep

'Touched By Nature’ is a multi episode video work comprising five short videos exploring a series of natural and man made environments in and around Helsinki, Finland. Exploring the idea that the material around us, nature and architectural structures are alive. Utilising gestures of the body, physicality and performance as ways of making meaning This is Episode 3 in the series, ‘Isle of Sheep’. TOUCHED BY NATURE Ep 1 The Bridge Ep 2 Ripple Ep 3 Isle of Sheep Ep 4 Reeds Ep 5 Bird Song Bay 'Touched By Nature’ is a continuation of collaborative work with Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir and Favela Vera Ortiz. In November 2018 I traveled to Helsinki, Finland to work to create a version of the Iceland footage (23 degrees West) to present as part of the stage work in Favela's theatre dance work ‘Crossing Latitudes’ at Espoo City Theatre, Espoo, Finland. While in Helsinki we filmed new material, at various locations including Sheep Isle and Kalasatama (fish harbor) district including ‘Isoisänsilta' (grandfather's bridge), and public art installation ‘Väre’ by Lighting Design Collective. Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir exhibited the work as a five channel installation in Iceland during August 2020. The group exhibition was titled the same name (‘Touched by Nature’). The artist were living and working in remote Northern Iceland, Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir, Joris Rademaker and Adalsteinn Thorsson from 1st - 16th August 2020 at Segull 67, Siglufjordur, Iceland. Credits - Choreography/Performance - Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir Video - Vanessa White Choreographer/Costume - Favela Vera Ortiz Music Score by Diana Sus Recorded and Mixed by Diana Sus Master - Sigfús Jónson Gong, Drum and Crystal Bowls - Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir Voice - Stefán Eli
TOUCHED BY NATURE Episode 4 Reeds
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Vanessa White

TOUCHED BY NATURE Episode 4 Reeds

'Touched By Nature’ is a multi episode video work comprising five short videos exploring a series of natural and man made environments in and around Helsinki, Finland. Exploring the idea that the material around us, nature and architectural structures are alive. Utilising gestures of the body, physicality and performance as ways of making meaning This is Episode 4 in the series, ‘Reeds’. TOUCHED BY NATURE Ep 1 The Bridge Ep 2 Ripple Ep 3 Isle of Sheep Ep 4 Reeds Ep 5 Bird Song Bay 'Touched By Nature’ is a continuation of collaborative work with Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir and Favela Vera Ortiz. In November 2018 I traveled to Helsinki, Finland to work to create a version of the Iceland footage (23 degrees West) to present as part of the stage work in Favela's theatre dance work ‘Crossing Latitudes’ at Espoo City Theatre, Espoo, Finland. While in Helsinki we filmed new material, at various locations including Sheep Isle and Kalasatama (fish harbor) district including ‘Isoisänsilta' (grandfather's bridge), and public art installation ‘Väre’ by Lighting Design Collective. Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir exhibited the work as a five channel installation in Iceland during August 2020. The group exhibition was titled the same name (‘Touched by Nature’). The artist were living and working in remote Northern Iceland, Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir, Joris Rademaker and Adalsteinn Thorsson from 1st - 16th August 2020 at Segull 67, Siglufjordur, Iceland. Credits - Choreography/Performance - Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir Video - Vanessa White Choreographer/Costume - Favela Vera Ortiz Music Score by Diana Sus Recorded and Mixed by Diana Sus Master - Sigfús Jónson Gong, Drum and Crystal Bowls - Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir Voice - Stefán Eli