663 waterways crossed, 7000 km driven and over two dozen creeks slowly, quietly walked by Igneous artists James Cunningham and Suzon Fuks. The creek names, GPS co-ordinates and statistics—collected from all over Queensland—are set cascading into a narrow channel of water.
Stay a while to detect the incremental movement of precise lines—creek-walk GPS tracks meandering across the walls and corners of the room. The air itself is moved by the rumbling of road-trains meeting the babbling of brooks. Linger closely near a series of nodes to catch audio cues and creek memories, or see imagery of creeks from urban, coastal, tropical, bushland and far outback Queensland. In the Waterwheel engine room—navigate the media centre. In the meditation room—lay down and let go—washed over by sounds and images of freshwater textures.
FLUIDATA is an explorable installation on deep time, embodied presence, and metaphors relating to the straight line and the meander.
Accustomed to a life of immediacy, productivity, and “getting there” (the straight line), we have made a deliberate decision to slow down, allowing our bodies—and our digital devices—to absorb the landscape and the moment. Unhurriedly, we walked the way of the water (the meander). –Igneous artists James Cunningham and Suzon Fuks
Recordings of locals in remote places recount extremes of drought and flood—which is considered normal from the perspective of deep time—and concerns over mining, CSG fracking and the degradation of aquifers.
At designated times, Cunningham and Fuks will perform durational actions live—simultaneously streamed online on Waterwheel—that seek to reflect a way of being that can invigorate a sense of wonder, and wondering, in what exists, even in our own backyards.
Opening: Saturday 6pm, June 13
Open hours: 3–9pm, June 14–20, 2015
The Block, QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Kelvin Grove
Suzon Fuks & James Cunningham: Digital Media Art, Performance, Project Management
Matthew Davis: Interactive Design
Inkahoots: Graphic & Web Design
This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and Creative Sparks, a joint initiative of Brisbane City Council and Arts Queensland.
Other partners include Inkahoots, Bonemap, NewMoveNetwork, Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns, Healthy Waterways, Brisbane Catchments Network, Western Downs Regional Council through Dogwood Crossing Miles, Gympie Regional Gallery, Livingstone Shire Council, Cloncurry Shire Council, KickArts Contemporary Arts Cairns, and Museum and Gallery Services Queensland.