Documents from a banner marching project 2004—2007, 2007

Installation across two rooms.

  1. In the main gallery space: After marches towards another season, 2004-2006, three-part DVD (digital video and Super 8 transferred to digital video); Untitled, 2004-2007, stack of broadsheet newspapers, off-set printed, and banner marching frame parts, pine, bolts, glue, dimensions variable; Untitled, 2004-2007, five rolled up banners, each digitally printed with black fabric verso and linen loops, dimensions variable.

  2. In the Ocular Lab kitchen: El Siglo (Lines towards another century), 2006, digital video, 100 minutes, originally broadcast on the television station Señal 3 de la Victoria, Santiago, Chile, 5 and 6 October 2006; After marches for a May Day, Sydney. 2005/2007, photography: Christian Capurro, Lambda photographic print, 136 x 125 cm; Andrew Byrne/Tom Nicholson, 23.01.1901/12.07.2005, 2006, recording of the performance of a score for six singers and a percussionist, 30 minutes; Fragments from a Sydney banner march, 2005/2007, camera: Louise Curham, hand processed black and white Super 8 transferred to digital video, 2 minute loop.

 
Exh.: Documents from a banner marching project 2004-2007, Ocular Lab Inc., Melbourne, 2-11 March.
 

 

Documents after a banner marching project 2004-2007 brought together traces from an ongoing project of banner marches. The show was the first exhibition of the three-part DVD corner work, bringing together digital video and Super 8 footage of marches undertaken in Melbourne, Sydney and Kellerberrin. The banner themselves, displayed in one 3-metre-long roll, and the dissembled banner marching frames, in the corner opposite, were exhibited in the same space.

The banner marching projects structure developed alongside a process of collecting instances of the creation of national boundaries since 1901, in this exhibition produced as a stack of off-set printed broadsheet newspapers. This catalogue of boundaries, ordered by date, provided a mnemonic system for the banner marches. Each national boundary generated a line. This line provided a route for marching, so that each march traced a national boundary by its course through a given place. This catalogue of boundaries also generated an instruction-based score, produced collaboratively with the New York-based composer Andrew Byrne, performed in September 2006 by six singers and a percussionist at the VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery. A recording of this performance was exhibited in the Ocular Lab kitchen, along with El Siglo (Lines towards another century), a reading of the same list of boundaries, translated into Spanish and originally broadcast on Señal 3 de la Victoria, Santiago, Chile, 5 and 6 October 2006, as part of the exhibition Transversa.

 

 

 
The work Fragments from a Sydney banner march is a 2-minute film, hand processed black and white Super 8 transferred to digital video, comprising footage from a Sydney banner march in 2005 by Louise Curham.

 

 

In the Ocular Lab kitchen (from left to right):

  1. El Siglo (Lines towards another century). 2006. Reading by Gloria Rodriguez; Sound and video recording: Leonardo Ortega. Digital video, 100 minutes. Originally broadcast on the television station Señal 3 de la Victoria, Santiago, Chile, 5 and 6 October 2006.

  2. After marches for a May Day, Sydney. 2005 / 2007. Photography: Christian Capurro. Lambda photographic print, 136 x 125 cm.

  3. Andrew Byrne / Tom Nicholson 23.01.1901 / 12.07.2005. 2006. Recording of the performance of a score for six singers and a percussionist, 30 minutes. This performance took place on 16 September at the VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery. Musical Direction: Tim Phillips; Percussion: Peter Neville; Singers: Carolyn Connors, Ben Grant, Alex Miller, Gus MacMillan, Anna Schoo, Jeanie van der Welde; Sound Production: Roger Alsop.

  4. Fragments from a Sydney banner march. 2005/2007 Camera: Louise Curham Hand processed black and white Super 8 transferred to digital video, 2 minute loop.

 

In the Ocular Lab gallery space

  1. After marches towards another season. 2004-2006. Camera: Christian Capurro, Louise Curham, Clare Land, Peter Nicholson, Tom Nicholson, Dominic Redfern, Anne Walton. Three part video work: Digital video and Super 8 transferred to digital video, 20 minute loop.

  2. Untitled. 2004-2007. Stack of broadsheet newspapers, off-set printed, and banner marching frame parts, pine, bolts, glue, dimensions variable.

  3. Untitled. 2004-2007. Five rolled up banners, each digitally printed with black fabric verso and linen loops, dimensions variable.


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