Final Days - Hyperreal Tales - a Bundanon Trust touring exhibition

04/08/2017 10:00
10/09/2017 16:00

Still Frame of John Van Doorn, Hyperreal Tales, 2016Still Frame of John Van Doorn, Hyperreal Tales, 2016

Closes Sunday 10 Sept @ 1pm.  Don't miss these free final  showings.  Works on three continuous loops throughout the day.

Hyperreal Tales was three years in development (2013-2015) and premiered at the Shoalhaven Art Centre and Regional Gallery, NSW in March 2016. Director/choreographer of Dance Integrated Australia, Philip Channells and Sydney based filmmaker Sam James worked with 19 people between the ages of 10 – 65, who came to the project through local health and disability service providers. The results were magical.

“I was an artist in residence at Bundanon Trust in 2011 with Restless Dance Theatre and offered to run some dance workshops for the local community”, explains Channells. “At that time Bundanon was looking to develop a cohesive arts project to connect with the local health sector, a project that had a long-term vision, something that could evolve over time. Bundanon put out a call to the local networks to begin the process. It was quite flexible and open, dependent on the uptake and interest of the community.”

Over the three years the participants became inventive story tellers, using movement as a starting point, sharing their ideas and insights and participating in creative explorations.

“Making connections over a three-year period allowed us to get to know people not only as creatives who eventually became subjects of the portraits in the films, but as people living their real and sometimes

The final result was a video installation of five viewing screens with twelve interweaving stories, told through dance, images, illustrations, words and music. Filmmaker Sam James combined location and studio shoots, using a chroma key backdrop to transport performers into virtual, hyperreal landscapes – “The hyperreal is pretty much standard life - the merging of the virtual and actual in our everyday lives” says James.

“One thing I enjoy the most about working with community, most of whom wouldn’t consider themselves professional artists, is the way that experimentation through visual recording of movements, drawing, writings, objects and landscapes all mean something to someone,” says Sam James. “The collation of all these little parts starts to reveal deeper layers of dreams and the psychology of a person. A portrait begins to form.”

The Hyperreal Tales installation format is accessible – suitable for wheel chair users – and includes captioning and audio description options.

Choreographer/Director: Philip Channells
Filmmaker: Sam James
Illustrator: Jack Tuckerman
Musical Composition: Rhiannon Bannenberg, James Brown ES