Panel: Crisis Narrative of Landscape: Future Inherent
Extreme elements of weather, in ongoing interactions with the environment, form a narrative of the landscape that Dr. Lisa Anderson has explored through references to past associations of place. It is a story created by cultural and weather interactions. The shifts explored detail past tales and magic, past weather events and future possibilities – the stories of these events lead to the formation of new architecture, identity, culture and landforms. The project shinyshinycloud documents, questions and plays with our relationship to the environment and has formed the basis for several residencies and international fellowship/visiting artist programs that Dr. Lisa Anderson has undertaken. Can a place change its story through the current series of world crises of weather extremes such as tsunami, floods, drought and temperature shifts? New technology, old world stories and a deeper understanding will be needed to account for these extreme shifts and loss of identity; what will be needed to create new identities and new stories on a global level must be derived from the past amalgamation of identity, culture, and architecture otherwise there is the risk that the movement of people, because of these events over time will slap back at many past colonial countries. In 2007, Dr. Anderson was the artist-in-residence on the Kapitan Khlebnicov, a working Russian icebreaker on expedition through the Northwest Passage and beyond – to Inuit communities, science/weather stations and the last point of contact for the High Arctic. Her film work, drawings, recordings, paintings and a video installation, The Truth About Snodomes (included in several international curatorial programs) push into our ideas about place and extreme environment shifts – causing and shifting identity. Several of the sculptural forms, with inlaid texts and images, were created using paper made with a group of artists working out of the art/activist group Farmlab located in Los Angeles. (Their project is to plant wild seeds in the cracks in the concrete of the city to literally break down the structure of the city and return to nature. The paper was made from these plantings.) Further residencies in Paris and London have allowed Dr. Anderson to develop the idea of ownership of space through the markers created. The images of the statues in the Jardin des Tuileries of Paris and the Elgin Marbles in the British Museum push the sense of belonging and story into the patriotic boundaries set up by ownership and political will over the environment. The shinyshinycloud project traveled to Central Java to Borobudur, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to create a narrative of this site – a site contested by religions that is undergoing reclamation and renovation. (Borobudur has also recently experienced further changes as a result of volcanic eruptions and fallen ash). The shinyshinycloud project has involved several residencies with Redgate Studios in Beijing to explore issues of modernization in the movement of populations in China, such as the collapse of the traditional hutong neighborhood in Beijing, in favor of dwellings that reflect western individuality (within a structure that is constantly under pressure from the winds of dirt from the deserts that Beijing is built on).
Finally, in the sand:bone:clay installations and images of the Australian outback, the anecdotes and personal gestures of the local people are mixed with the stream of consciousness of the isolated yet burgeoning magic of these sites. These works and other installation works developed with the shinyshinycloud project have been shown in international platforms; they will be discussed within the contested notions of the narrative crisis of environment and brought together for an online gallery of video works/images during the ISEA2011 conference.
- Dr. Lisa Anderson is and artist with an international practice working across media and collaborating with others to create performative events and projection and sound works. These installations have been shown at venues including the St. Tropez Film Festival, the Cite Internationale Des Arts in Paris, Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery, Artscape in Australia, SXS in Denmark and also elements have been exhibited in Beijing, Amsterdam and London. They include IVU, a Perspex sculpture and multichannel video installation, The Truth About Snodomes, a paper work and single screen and sound work, and Precious, a large scale light and sound work located in beachside sand dunes. These works form part of the shinyshinycloud projects that explore the beauty of the apocalypse due to weather and people/animal movements, in places such as the High Arctic, Central Java, the Scottish Highlands, the Australian outback and various city locations such as Paris, Beijing and London. Dr. Anderson’s doctoral submission entitled, Memory Salvage and Invention: the Collision and Collusion of Public Archive and Personal Anecdote in Public Art was the first study to place the experience of the artist as core to the creation of commissioned public art, with a brief that explores community. Specifically she was the first artist in residence at the Australian Museum and to create a War Memorial work for a community. Dr. Anderson was recently Visiting Scholar and is the Innovation Fellow in Architecture at the University of Technology, Sydney and has previously undertaken Fellow research projects with the University of Wollongong Creative Arts, Australia. lisaanderson.com