Brook Andrew

De Anima

CATALYST: KATHERINE HANNAY VISUAL ARTS COMMISSION

12 April – 1 June 2014
Bendigo Art Gallery

“De Anima is an invitation to experience a new view and to see as the eyes in a forest might”
(Brook Andrew, Artist)

Brook Andrew’s major new work De Anima immerses us in a world of sound and image, and demands that we readdress “seeing” as a form of feeling. Drawing upon Andrew’s extensive personal archive of home movies, war propaganda, ecological and pseudo-anthropological films, De Anima combines and recombines these images with newly shot footage to produce an immersive video installation that creates a theatre of sensations.

Andrew has worked with performers Mama Alto and Justin Shoulder as well as composer Theodore Wohng (and an extensive crew) to produce the world of De Anima. Each was invited to respond to the question of the soul and the result is a richly, theatrical and world in which difference is celebrated, and the spirit or soul runs riot.

De Anima references one of the great philosophical treatises, Aristotle’s “On The Soul”, in which the soul is considered to be the essence of every living thing (rather than simply belonging to human subjects). Andrew interprets this as a call to consider our responsibility to the life around us in all its myriad forms. We must consider, the artist says, “that humanity is essentially doomed if it sticks to its current course.” In asking us to experience the world “as the eyes in a forest might”, Andrew shows us a way that we might embrace our interconnected place in the world, and consider a new worldview.

EVENTS

BROOK ANDREW IN CONVERSATION WITH THE CURATOR OF THE CINEMAS PROJECT, BRIDGET CRONE

Saturday 12 April, 2pm Bendigo Art Gallery

DE ANIMA PERFORMANCE WITH MAMA ALTO & JUSTIN SHOULDER

  • Saturday 12 April, 3:40 & 4:30pm
  • Sunday 13 April, 11am

All events at Bendigo Art Gallery

ARTIST BIO

The Cinemas Project is proud to present Brook Andrew’s first major film project. Andrew is a conceptually driven artist who collaborates with urban space, choreographers, architects and artisans. He challenges cultural and historical perception, using installation, text and image to comment on local and global issues regarding public space, race, consumerism and history. Apart from drawing inspiration from public media and found archival collections, Andrew travels nationally and internationally to work with communities and museum collections and display to comment and create new work reflecting objects, concepts and local thought. Andrew has completed many national and International commissions, is a Georges Mora Fellow at the State Library of Victoria, lecturer at MADA Monash University and is represented by Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris.

NEWS & EVENTS

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This book celebrates the first iteration of The Cinemas Project. It includes essays on the commissioned artists' work and reflections on cinema history.

INFO

Collaborators:
Performance artist and costume designer: Justin Shoulder, Counter tenor, jazz singer and cabaret artist: Mama Alto, Composer, Theodore Wohng.

DE ANIMA CREW LIST: Director: Brook Andrew; Film Consultant: Paola Morabito; Cinematographer: Bonnie Elliott; Editor: Billy Browne; Performers: Justin Shoulder & Mama Alto; Assistant Producer & Production Manager: Stéphanie Kabanyana; Sound Recordist & Engineer: Nik Harrison; Camera Assistant & Focus Puller: Sky Davies & Ben Bryan; Grips: Llew Higgins & Dan Mitton; Composer: Theodore Wohng; Set Designer: Bryn Meredith & Brook Andrew Studio Manager: Trent Walter; Costume Design: Justin Shoulder & Matthew Stegh; Costume Assistance: Ami Shoulder; Set Assistant: Rosie Kilvert. FILM POST HOUSE Cutting Edge. SPECIAL THANKS Nick Godoy at Panavision; Bronwyn Ketels at Cutting Edge; Nic van den Bronk; Anne Walsh; Kieran Dionysus; Hanging Rock Park Kooyoora State Park