DOWN THE RAB­BIT HOLE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - TRAINING & EDUCATION -

AN end­less field of pos­si­bil­i­ties with­out the con­fines of re­al­ity was the start­ing point for Swedish video artist Nathalie Djurberg’s ex­hi­bi­tion The Se­cret Gar­den.

Cre­ated with fel­low Swede, mu­si­cian and com­poser Hans Berg, the im­mer­sive show com­bin­ing sculp­ture, light, sound and clay­ma­tion film takes view­ers into a sur­real land­scape presided over by a shaman rab­bit.

The Ber­lin-based part­ner­ship, both cre­atively and per­son­ally, premiered The Se­cret Gar­den in Mel­bourne last year with Perth In­sti­tute of Con­tem­po­rary Arts the se­cond stop, show­ing as part of the Perth In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val 2016 vis­ual arts pro­gram.

Djurberg said their works al­ways be­gan with her be­com­ing ob­sessed by a string of thought or an in­ter­est she could not let go.

“The process when the work evolves is when it gets ex­cit­ing,” Berg said.

“I come in on a pro­ject a lit­tle bit af­ter, we don’t talk about the ac­tual works but the themes sur­round­ing it and I start think­ing about mu­sic.

“In this one we have an an­i­ma­tion of a shaman rab­bit, so the mu­sic is in­spired by this shamanic mu­sic with a hyp­notic drum­ming loop.”

Tanya MacNaughton

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