The Sydney Facial Nerve Clinic is an innovative multidisciplinary clinic which works with patients experiencing Facial Nerve Injury or Facial Palsy. The innovation of the team includes them opening up the clinic to allowing me, as a contemporary artist, to be participating in the clinics, meeting patients and exploring the space and process from the viewpoint of an artist as researcher. The project will have many outcomes including contributing to my practice led PhD, exhibition at the Big Anxiety Festival Sydney 2019 and more to be announced.
In 2016, the Alpine Resorts Coordinating Council of Victoria commissioned independent research into the effects of Climate Change on the Alpine region. The findings were startling, revealing that in the coming decade, the snow season could shrink from an average of 12 weeks to as little as 3 weeks. Falls Creek is home to a permanent community of people and several species which exist no-where else in the world and which rely on the current climate. I have been returning here over the last year and a half, working with the community.
I wrote a blog during my first visit, which you can read here. Subsequent visits haven't been blogged as we have been spending the time generating new work that will be exhibited in Falls Creek and Canberra during 2018 and 19.
This project is in many ways a development of The Harmonic Oscillator, however Equilibrium has it's focus on the effects of sound within 3 Integrated Mental Health Units in Regional South Australia. In collaboration with Country Arts S.A, from February 2019 I will work with one other Sound Artist at each of the 3 IMHU's over a 3 year period to explore what role the artist might have in exploring and contributing to the experiences had by those receiving mental health care.
Haunting is project that celebrates the agency of place, by collaborating with shifting environmental conditions. This project has had multi outcomes as site specific projection events in 3 locations along The Murrumbidgee River. It is currently in development for a 3 year gallery tour of photographic and video works. Made in collaboration with Curator George Main from the National Museum of Australia.
Specimen is a series of projection, photographic and video artworks made with the Australian Institute of Anatomy Specimen Collection from the National Museum of Australia. These Specimens in jars lack any detailed records of their origin, rendering them eternally dislocated from their own histories, from the timescales and landscapes in which they lived. Instead they sit preserved in toxic formaldehyde.
Many of the specimens represent species heavily impacted by human activity. By projecting photographs of their ghostlike presences back onto the landscape, Specimen invites audiences to attend to and consider their relationship with their natural environment and its non-human community.
In Australia these images were projected back onto the landscape from which they were removed, in the UK they were projected onto places connected to the colonisation of Australia. Animated by place, the final photographs render these specimens both present and absent in a changing environment.
DIRT (Dance In Regional disasTer zones) is an ongoing project initiated by dancer Ros Crisp who's practice is interested in "channelling what is happening in the living world through my dance". It commenced in Jan 2017 with a research lab in the East Gippsland area of Orbost Victoria. Ros Crisp invited a team of dancers and artists to the region to work in response to the local logging industry and the immense environmental concerns of the region. The project is ongoing and information about our numerous outcomes to date can be found here
Vic has been a board member of Music NSW since 2017. With a deep interest in understanding the value of contemporary music within our day to day world, Vic has an interest in what role a peak organisation can play in breaking down city/country divides, gender divides and how to create process of meaningful engagement that leads to practical change.
Vic is an active member of The NSW/ACT Arts and Health Leadership group. The group is made up of medical and health professionals working towards furthering the aims of implementing arts practice within health care.