Spatial Narratives

Publisher:
Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space
Publication Type:
Exhibition
Citation:
PQ2011
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'Spatial Narratives' is an installation constructed of spatial descriptors from the writings of Australian authors and playwrights. The exhibition presents a curated selection of extracts that describe landscape and spaces posited as being a central characteristic of Australian literature and a critical influence on the spatial autobiographies and narratives of contemporary Australian artists, architects and scenographers. It explores spatial location as an influence on the cultural production of its immediate audience, and identifies regional intellectual differentiation as a critical factor in a globalised art discourse. The origins of the installation lie in the journal entries of Joseph Banks (1743-1820), the botanist on the ship that discovered Australia. Being the first description of a unique Australian landscape and space unknown to European culture, it has become a definitive descriptor. Working inside the void of the seemingly objective authority of the text and our spatial interpretation, the work questions the way we define physical stage space and the socio-political influences that affect our memory of space.
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