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Two dancers occupy Spectrum Project Space in A RESTING MESS

Thursday, 27 April 2017


This May will see Daisy Sanders, a student at WAAPA, Edith Cowan University, occupy Spectrum Project Space for one week in a durational dance performance work she has created for her Honours project. Supporting Daisy will be Tanya Brown, who graduated from WAAPA’s LINK Dance Company in 2016 with First Class Honours.

Sanders’ thesis (via creative practice-led research) examines the edges of going and resting and assesses sustainable ways of working in a dance environment. A RESTING MESS is one element in this investigation.

This will be the second time Sanders has inhabited a gallery space to undertake her physical research practice and invite an audience to enter the universe it creates. The first iteration was The Frequency Navigation presented at the Canberra Contemporary Arts Space in June last year. Sanders was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 2015 and her rigorous and imaginative artistic practice has inevitably evolved in response to this challenging illness. In A RESTING MESS Sanders works with dance, embodied listening and space to permit her body to rest, and to GO.

Sanders explains, “My central objective in making this work was to design a safe space that I could inhabit over an extended period of time. In it I utilise my dance practice as a process of recovery as well as a vehicle for artistic provocation. What we are doing and the items in the space have been carefully selected. They hint subtly towards the questions I have in relation to fatigue and living sustainably in our world, while also providing permission and practical help to me (also to support artist Tanya Brown) in listening to the natural ebb and flow of energy in the body. We can rest immediately and deeply when the body tires, seize and sustain each natural upsurge of GO. This attentive navigation of energetic landscape is something that I have found to be essential in the gradual improvement of my health condition and is also integral to the embodiment of my artistic work.

Audiences are invited to encounter this work at any time over the six-day continual and evolving process. When visitors enter, they will experience just a tiny glimpse of A RESTING MESS, and each individual’s insight will be unique.

Event details

A RESTING MESS will be open to the public from Tuesday, 2 May to Saturday, 6 May at Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley Campus, Edith Cowan University.

It is recommended that interested audience members drop in at different intervals during the week (in order to witness the continual evolution of the work) and/or attend one or more of the following events.

Viewing of work + artist talk

Date: Wednesday, 3 May 2017
Time: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191
Topic: research interests and durational process

Evening viewing of work + artist

Date: Friday, 5 May 2017
Time: 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191
Topic: contextualising process and audience impact on work

Closing event + artist talk

Date: Saturday, 6 May 2017
Time: 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191

Open hours

Tuesday to Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Saturdays 12.00pm - 5.00pm


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