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Josephine Starrs & Leon Cmielewski's 'and the earth sighed' opens Friday 7 October

and the earth sighed 
Josephine Starrs & Leon Cmielewski

Opening 6-8pm Friday 7 October 2016
Open 11am - 5pm  Friday - Sunday  8 - 23 October 2016 
Artists' talk 3pm  Saturday 22 October 2016

and the earth sighed re-imagines the relationship between nature and culture by presenting aerial views of Australian landscapes and waterways dynamically manipulated in ways that reveal their underlying fragility. This immersive video and sound environment encourages reflection on our relationship to nature and technology.

The camera drifts across degraded landscapes and rolling sand hills, seeking out the fragile interfaces, the edges, between lands lost to the desert and land fending off the relentless encroachment of sand and fire.

The moving landscapes are sometimes embedded with symbols and text.  The intention is to configure the land as active and to imagine it being able to speak and make comment about human impacts upon it. We worked with Alex Davies to create an ambient soundscape that fosters engagement and contemplation about the impact of climate change on natural ecologies.

This project has been supported by a Creative Australia development grant from the Australia Council’s Emerging and Experimental Arts program.
Audio design: Alex Davies

Thanks to:
Julianne Pierce
Marko Peljhan, C-Astral Aerospace Slovenia, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Slovenia
Mike Manning, Synergy Positioning Systems NZ
Professor Ann Henderson-Sellers
Performance Space, Sydney
Creative Practice Lab team at the Io Myers Studio, UNSW
The Australian Marine Conservation Society for use of Dean Miller footage

Leon Cmielewski is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, Western Sydney University.