Unfolding Rhythms

Biochrome time-lapses in a video by Panoptic Press on YouTube:

The Absolute Authority of Authenticity 2015, an essay by Simon Marsh, Panoptic Press.

First exhibited April 2014 at The Hold Art Space Followed by an exhibition at The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Bank, Brisbane for The 29th International Horticultural Congress

Exhibition catalogue essay by Prof Ross Woodrow: Aesthetic Essence of the Biochromes, April 2014.

Artist Statement
The present seems to be filled both with the present of the past and anticipation of the future
(Keith Moxey, 2013).

Time does not stay still. Unfolding Rhythms exhibition draws attention to the infinite progression of nature’s rhythms in various frequencies and times. Nature’s events of organic decomposition are captured by an experimental biochrome process and time-lapse photography. These methods allow observing the transformation of flora by revealing what’s usually invisible to the eye. The significance of these plants to the Quandamooka people of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) for the medicinal purposes demonstrates the importance of the relationship between the natural world and ourselves.

Flora in this exhibition includes images of edible coastal plants like Sesuvium portulacastrum and Carpobrotus glaucescens that were used for marine stings and insect bites, as well as tea trees used as insect repellent, antiseptic and for treating various health conditions.

The installation space also includes a soundscape by Vanessa Tomlinson, performed by preparing the floor with clutter (discarded, unwanted waste consisting of paper, metal, plastic, ceramic and organic materials) and playing it with ropes tethered to a single point, and creating a scattered, chaotic, energetic response to the tantalising transformation evident in the visual images.

Vanessa Tomlinson is a musician of international renown, working as a percussionist, composer, improviser and curater. She is currently Associate Professor in Music at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.

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