The Newcastle Art Gallery Youth Advisory Group acknowledges the Awabakal and Worimi people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live, and pay our deepest respects to Elders past, present and future. The Youth Advisory Group is dedicated to honouring the culture and traditions of our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through the visual arts.
Artists who work under the enthralling and impossible-to-pin-down umbrella of ‘video & new media’ are tapped into the zeitgeist. They are working with the tools of the present, repurposing those of the past, and generating innovative modes of storytelling, meaning making, and representation. Emerging artists David Lobb and Mikayla Nangle share insights into their practices and reflect on the rhythms and potentialities of working with video & new media.
Curated by Molly McNeil
Videography by Wanjun Carpenter
"EXPERIENCING THIS WORK IS TRULY A SPECIAL EXPERIENCE. IN A DARK ROOM, PROJECTED LIGHTS AND PORTALS SWOOP AROUND YOU. EACH DOT IS A WORLD WITHIN A WORLD, THE PATTERNS THEY ASSEMBLE AND FORM IN SUCH A LIQUID MANNER MAKES ME THINK IF EACH ONE OF THESE CIRCLES WAS A LIGHT, ATTACHED TO A PERSON - AND THIS WAS ACTUALLY MADE IN REAL TIME. AS EACH LIGHT GATHERS, THEN ABSTRACTS, THE PEOPLE ARE CHOREOGRAPHING EACH INTERACTION. EACH LIGHT AND IT’S SURROUNDS, BECOMES A STORY. IT IS A VIBRANT WORK THAT MESMERIZES.
ALSO TO EXPERIENCE THIS WORK IN KNOWING THAT BOYD TRANSLATES THIS STYLE INTO PHYSICAL INSTALLATIONS. 1000’S OF DIFFERING SIZE MIRRORS ARE GLUED TO BLACK WALLS, LIKE STILL FRAMES OF THE LIFE THEY REFLECT. PAINSTAKING LOOK AT HOW BEAUTIFUL STORIES CAN BE, HOW INTENSE THEY CAN HAPPEN" — D. LOBB
“LOTTIE CONSALVO’S WORK IS INTRIGUING IN ITS UTILISATION OF OBSTRUCTING OBJECTS FROM VIEW. THE MAGNITUDE OF THE BRANCH ERUPTING FROM THE WATER IN THE SAME WAY THE BODY INSTANTLY DISAPPEARS SPEAKS TO BOTH LIFE AND DEATH” — M. NANGLE.
“WATCHING THIS WORK ON LOOP, EACH TIME SEEING NEW TRACES OF PIXELS LINGERING, LAGGING. IT’S A JOYOUS ANIMATION, 3D CHARACTERS PREDATING FORTNITE DANCES. IN A WORLD OF AVATARS, DATA TRAILS, CYBERWAR AND REAL WAR; CADENCE III SEEMS TO SPEAK SOFTLY BUT OBNOXIOUSLY HAVING FUN AND MAKING FUN OF” — D. LOBB.
“PAILTHORPE TRANSFIXES HIS AUDIENCE THROUGH THIS MECHANIC CONGLOMERATE OF PLAYFUL MOVEMENT THAT CREATES A KALEIDOSCOPE OF HUMAN LIMBS” — M. NANGLE.
“SEEING THIS WORK IS LIKE SEEING A BODY AND ALL IT CONTAINS SPREAD OUT IN FRONT OF YOU; INTERROGATING ARRANGEMENTS OF LIFE AND DEATH, DECAY AND BEAUTY, BIOLOGICAL AND ARTIFICIAL. THE WAY RRAP USES FILM AND STOP MOTION TO SHOW US TIME, BARE AND DISGUSTING, IS SO INSPIRATIONAL TO ME” — D. LOBB.