Friday Night Fringe Part 2 – CircuiTree

Floating on a couple of glasses of absinthe each, we made our way back to the CircuiTree installation being put on as part of the Fringe. As it would turn out the hazy warmth of the green fairy would be conducive to appreciating what was ahead.Entering through the back of the church, the amosphere had dramatically transmuted from the pre-preparation stage we saw earlier in the evening. With the sun almost about to slip below the western horizon, the darkened twighlight allowed the glow of black lights and cacophony of thumping Trance music to emerge into its own.

What struck us immediately was the sense of familiarity about the place. At one stage my brother and I had been sharing a house in Adelaide (that probably deserved demolition) , that was often ‘creatively’ decorated with indian print sheets, incense and odd lighting – it was like we had stepped back 15 odd years into our old abode.

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But the effort before us was an installation of a much grander design than anything we had attempted in our own home. The first room we entered was adorned with hanging lamps, strung up sheeting, artworks on the walls and cushions strewn about the middle like a giant chill out room.

Ajoining side rooms bathed in harsh red lights and gentle blue tones were filled with original artworks, wall hangings by artistic collective Izwoz and canvases that displayed words of spirituality and philosphy – the words themselves hanging in midair to be studied like one would study the brush strokes or techniques of an artist. Painting with letters.

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Onward into the depths of the installation, the mood would start to become more intense, more biomechanical and primal.

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Through blacklighted rooms displaying Krishna-esque psychadelia we emerged into the main church hall that had retained a sense of its sanctity, but now devoted to a deity born of the intermeshing of nature and machine. Insect-like lighting rigs were mounted on chaotic tripods of natural wood and branches. A giant dance-floor underneath a work of geometric shapes, perfect and aglow, mounted by a giant dragonfly – a creature that in nature often seems to sympathetically to move back and forth and up and down in perfect geometric lines rather than curves. A DJ booth that was hidden amongst the “High Altar” was adorned with found object art, almost steam punk with diodes, lights and switches of a bygone era amongst the digital heart.

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It was majestic, it was inspired…but it was also empty. Amongst the hard metallic edges and unpredictability of nature’s designs it was missing a certain biological heart. People.

The installation was worthy of a large dance party, people moving and flowing through like a blood stream – I suspect that we may have been way too early to see the work as it should be experienced (it was about 9.30pm when we were there). I sincerely hope that this grand artwork does attract the suitable volume of people descending upon it late in the night, such that the barrier between the art and audience disappears completely.

CircuiTree will be running until the 18th March.

Entry to CircuiTree was provided by the generosity of the Adelaide Fringe.

Jonathan Mar 8th 2008 02:54 pm Art,Events,Music,Reviews No Comments yet Trackback URI

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