Wishing Dark

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WishingDARK nurturing a dark ecology

WishingDARK is the banner title for an ongoing creative body of work including performance, installation, laboratory and creative fiction. Underpinning the deep research project is an investigation into ecologies of darkness and how human relationships to the dark have shifted over millennia. Driven by a more urgent response to our current position of light saturation, the provocation is how we might re-embrace darkness as a biological, emotional and creative imperative for future survival.

Research spans the disciplines of biology, psychology & ethnography. These include Scotobiology (the biology of dark), Scotophobia (the fear of the dark), neuroscience, the International Dark Skies movement, bioluminescence, mycology and environmental light design.

Initial ideas for Wishing DARK were seeded during residencies at Vitalstatistix’s Adhocracy lab, Adelaide and Performance Space’s Rex Cramphorn Studio residency, Sydney in 2012.

Ongoing research and development residencies and labs:

2017 10 day Rex Cramphorn Studio AIR

2017 three week creative exchange and mentorship with UK artist Julia Bardsley in rural Portugal*

2017 two week residency at Bundanon Trust NSW

2017 two week development residency Wired Lab NSW

2016 three week residency  and isolated retreat at the UNSW Fowlers Gap research station in the semi-arid desert of North West NSW

2015-2016  Creative work-in-residence (four residential periods) Metro Arts Brisbane

2014 two week retreat and creative exchange with Julie Tolentino in the high desert area of Joshua Tree California USA**

2012 Adhocracy Vitalstatistix Adelaide SA

2012 Rex Cramphorn Studio residency

 

“So benumbed are we nowadays by electric lights that we have become utterly insensitive to the evils of excessive illumination.”

In Praise of Shadows – Junichira Tanizaki 1933

 

OUTCOMES

2017 DARKbody Wired Open Day Cootamundra NSW

2017 DARKlight_I:utterings Metro Arts Brisbane QLD

2017 Of Dark Hunters and Quiet Gazers, essay commissioned for Quiet Ecology by Jason Sweeney

2015 – ongoing DARKsupper a research and sharing event. DARKsupper has operated as part of residencies and in private homes.

2015 – ongoing DARKlab a research working group

 

* supported by the Australia Council for the Arts Development Grants 2016

** supported by the Australia Council for the Arts Cultural Leadership Grant 2012