Sus­pended an­i­ma­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Art - Tanya Macnaughton

WATCH­ING St Ge­orge’s Cathe­dral Con­sort per­form Faure’s Re­quiem in the beauty of St Ge­orge’s Cathe­dral in­spired Perth au­dio­vi­sual artist and mu­si­cian Roly Sk­ender more than he an­tic­i­pated.

“I was quite taken by the Re­quiem in that large empty space; it was a strong ex­pe­ri­ence,” Sk­ender said.

“I started think­ing it would be nice to rep­re­sent that idea of a re­quiem in a way that’s sound and vi­sion. I’m prob­a­bly nowhere near qual­i­fied to do such things but I de­cided to try put to­gether an au­dio­vi­sual re­quiem.”

The re­sult is in­stal­la­tion Sus­pended Voices show­ing at St Ge­orge’s Cathe­dral as part of Rev­e­la­tion Film Fes­ti­val, fol­low­ing Sk­ender’s pro­jec­tion work on the façade of Luna Cin­e­mas in Leederville over the past few years.

“I had a con­tin­u­ing re­la­tion­ship with Rev Fest di­rec­tor Richard Sowada,” Sk­ender said.

“We had an open-ended dis­cus­sion about do­ing some­thing and then ev­ery­thing lined up.”

The video pro­jec­tion art­work, which pre­sents death as an in­be­tween state and equal to that pre­ced­ing life, will ap­pear sus­pended on a large screen in the high ceil­ing space of St Ge­orge’s Cathe­dral, with vo­cal per­for­mances by St Ge­orge’s Cathe­dral Con­sort and didgeri­doo from Noon­gar man Ol­man Wal­ley.

“The drone of the didgeri­doo felt like the per­fect back­drop be­cause it’s quite an ex­tended piece,” Sk­ender said.

“I was in­ter­ested in the idea of the drone and jux­ta­pos­ing it with this par­tic­u­lar mu­si­cal con­cept of a sus­pended chord.

“I didn’t want to make a big melodic mu­si­cal state­ment; it’s more about am­bi­ence in the space.

“It’s a bit of a med­i­ta­tion, to take some time out of your day to slow down from the pace of ev­ery­thing around and take it in.”

The in­stal­la­tion is about “am­bi­ence in the space”.

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