Light is Calling takes its name from the work of renowned film-maker Bill Morrison and composer Michael Gordon. Morrison collects decayed film footage to digitally re-assemble a subtle meditation on the fleeting nature of life and love. Morrison’s forgotten stories are set beautifully to music with a score by New York’s Bang-on-a-Can composer Michael Gordon for solo violin and electronics. The program includes three collaborations between Australian musicians and digital artists. Justine Cooper’s Excitation, with music by Barton Staggs, uses medical light microscopy to render emotive human fluids such as blood & phlegm into a delicate tableau of colour and motion. Musician Ben Marks and digital artist Andrew Johnston have engineered a virtual sound sculpture where the sound of Marks’ trombone manipulates visual movement in real-time. And expatriate video artist Rees Archibald and composer Matthew Shlomowitz have created a multimedia work on the theme of Train Travel. The program ends in the multimedia world of artist Phill Niblock. The Movement of People Working is a visual exploration of body motion and rhythm accompanied by “droning instruments”.
Light is Calling is presented in association with The Studio at the Sydney Opera House and the Wollongong City Gallery.
Andrew Johnston (image) & Ben Marks (music) – Partial Reflections (world premiere)
Justine Cooper (image) & Barton Staggs (music) – Excitation
Bill Morrison (film) & Michael Gordon (music) – Light is Calling (Australian Premiere)
Rees Archibald (video) & Matthew Shlomowitz (music) – Train Travel (world premiere])
Phill Niblock – The Movement of People Working
Veronique Serret (violin
James Eccles (viola)
Diana Springford (clarinet)
Ben Marks (trombone)
Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Wollongong City Gallery, 7.30pm Saturday 5th August, 2006
Sydney Opera House, The Studio, 8.15pm Tuesday 8th August, 2006