Live artwork to take shape at exhibition

31-Aug-2017

Printmaking lecturer Mats Undén (centre) with dancers Jenelle Saunders and Bryn Wackett. Photo: Sara Higgs

Printmaking lecturer Mats Undén (centre) with dancers Jenelle Saunders and Bryn Wackett. Photo: Sara Higgs


A quartet of professional dancers will assist an experimental Charles Darwin University artist to create his pièce de résistance, during an exhibition opening tomorrow. 

Printmaking lecturer and sound artist Mats Undén will deliver live electronic noise for the dancers, as a seven-metre-long print takes shape under their feet, at the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, in Parap.

“In a broad sense I am exploring how music and printmaking interact outside their traditional frameworks,” Mr Undén said.

He said the dancers – Lizzi Webb, Jenny Baker, Putu Warti and Jinu Mathew – had diverse styles that were influenced by their lives in Darwin, Milingimbi, Bali and India respectively.

The live artwork will be the final piece in the exhibition titled “Tonality in Time and Space”, which opens in the main gallery at 6pm on Friday, 1 September and runs until 23 September.

Another of Mr Undén’s works will feature in the Darwin International Film Festival – a calming immersive experience of sound, light and projection on display in the NCCA screen room.

He also will perform an analogue electronic soundtrack to the classic silent horror film Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari (Germany, 1920) – at Happy Yess, from 9pm on Friday, 15 September.