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Raef Sawford

Turning and Gliding Together Through Space

2 channel HD video projection
Dimensions variable
 
 
Raef Sawford
Turning and Gliding Together Through Space, 2013
2 channel HD video projection (layered), video still
20 min
Image courtesy the artist


Using the gesture of a traditional ballroom dance this site specific work explores part of Mildura’s history through community engagement. The Viennese Waltz is one of many traditional dances that would have been performed in the purpose built ballroom of the Rio Vista Homestead at the turn of the century. By inviting local ballroom dancers to return to this site, it reclaims the Bolte’s Gallery’s original function as a ballroom. Two GoPro™ cameras have been attached to the torso of each dancer as they perform this waltz, recording the embodied motions as they glide and turn together through the same space. By combining the gallery’s traditional use with contemporary imaging technology the space is reactivated, binding past with present. The digital recording of the motion and trajectory which resulted from the performance of The Viennese Waltz will be re-projected back into the Bolte Gallery as a means of expanding and articulating this historical space through contemporary means.
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