ACMI commissions Australian artists working with the moving image to create new works for presentation in our galleries. Each interview provides insight into the inspirations, influences, processes, research and concepts behind these works.
Shaun Gladwell: Stereo Sequences was a free exhibition presented in ACMI's Gallery 1, in 2011. The exhibition featured a series of new works commissioned by ACMI.
Gladwell uses filmic devices such as slow-motion captures and long pans, in combination with tightly choreographed and improvised performances by break-dancers, skateboarders and BMX bike riders in rural and city settings. The resulting works, which the artist describes as 'performative landscapes', are both rhythmic and poetic. Gladwell distorts speed, gravity, space and time to explore visual and spatial paradoxes.
Here Gladwell discusses his collaborations with other performers and artists for his ACMI exhibition. Interviewees include Sarah Tutton (ACMI Curator), Josh Raymond (Gladwell's Producer) Vivienne Wong (Australian Ballet) and Lamaroc (Street Dancer).
Ian Burns: In the Telling was a free exhibition presented in partnership with Experimenta, in 2012. The live-video and sculptural installation anywhere and here (2012) was commissioned by ACMI especially for the Gallery 2 exhibition.
Ian Burns is an Australian artist based in New York, who works with sculptural assemblages and moving image. In this interview Burns discusses his inventive 'meta-cinematic' work anywhere and here, a network of closed-circuit kinetic sculptures that worked together to create live video footage inside the gallery. Made from everyday domestic objects sourced from retail stores such as K‐Mart and Bunnings, each interconnected assemblage interrogated the screen image, its construction and representation of truth.
Warwick Thornton: Mother Courage was commissioned by ACMI in partnership with dOCUMENTA (13). Mother Courage was presented as a free exhibition in ACMI's Gallery 2, in 2013.
As one of the most exciting filmmakers working today, Warwick Thornton is best known for Samson & Delilah, winner of the 2009 Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. His ACMI work, Mother Courage (2012) was a dynamic, multi-screen art installation that featured a dilapidated campervan as its centrepiece. Audiences peered into the van's grimy windows and through its rear doors, to view a provocative and poignant video contained within.
In this interview, Thornton talks about his early days in Alice Springs and getting his start in radio before moving into filmmaking. Thornton also discusses the reoccurring theme of the matriarch in his art and filmmaking, and the freedom and joy he finds in creating installation art.