The zone ranger
YOU might feel it when penning a poem, watching a film or staring into the eyes of a loved one.
It is that moment when you are so engaged in what you are doing that you enter a place where nothing exists but you and the subject at hand.
Brett Smith’s new experimental performance, When You’re Here, I’m Nowhere, is a one-on-one sound and light journey drawing on this concept.
In the 15-minute act – part of the Proximity Festival – he will try to capture that feeling 12 times a day and invite a stranger to do the same.
Smith said his moment of ‘nowhere’ came while preparing food.
“When I cook, I just kind of forget about the world and I’m in that zone,” the Perth sound designer and composer said.
“My show is based in a stairwell in the Art Gallery of WA (AGWA) and I’m using light and sound as a way to guide the audience member into my space.”
The festival is in its fourth year and runs over 12 days, with artists embedded into the daily happenings of AGWA’s collections, hallways, boardrooms,
rooftop and hidden locations.
“The gallery is a very interesting building in itself – it’s very brutal – and when you stand outside, it is very uninviting,” Smith said.
“There are two sets of glass doors and when the first set closes the outside noise disappears, so you are instantly in a space that feels and sounds very different to the outside world.
“When you are in the main section it is almost like being in the middle of a spaceship with all these hard angles and lots of triangles that you don’t see normally in architecture and so you get swallowed up in this really quiet, beautiful place.”
This is the first year Smith has participated in Proximity and he said the process was daunting.