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Floating, Sinking Exhibition

Monday, 29 July 2019


WAAPA Bachelor of Music (Composition and Music Technology) graduate, Steve Paraksos teams up with Fiona Harman in collaboration for the exhibition Sinking, Floating at Edith Cowan University’s Spectrum Project Space. The artwork in this exhibition transforms water as a leisure space into the strange, capturing atmospheres of calm and menace.

Using painting, sound and projection mapping, the artists use the shifting patterned surface of water as a central motif. They imaginatively consider the poetic possibilities of water as a landscape and the way it acts as a conduit for enigmatic forces of diffraction.

Diffraction speaks to the unknowability of pattern formation. The representation of constantly shifting and reshaping water surfaces hint at a prior understanding of the way forces act upon each other in an infinite variety of ways. Both artists are interested in the role of sonic and visual forces and their invisible impacts on how we experience the world. The use of projection mapping and painting illuminates the work and subtly shifts forms, similar to lenticular printing effects. These shifts are paired with responsive spatial sonic compositions. This process of pairing creates a diffracted relationship between the two, as they do not follow a set pattern, but an iterative reconfiguration of pattern and vibration.

The combined visual and audio approach uses water as a metaphor to imagine the metamorphosis of forms, spatial ambiguity, oscillations between a part and the whole and the shifting of one space into another. By using ambiguity to create a series of transitions that do not have clear logical, temporal or spatial connections, the viewer is encouraged to make sense of the work by making associations with their own experience of water (rivers, oceans, pools), be it leisure, calm, menace or comfort. These associations create questions and explore feelings of atmospheric and enigmatic experiences to do with possibility and potential. Can there be some sort of thermodynamic confluence that has once been viewed by another? That the ridges and furrows of endless nonnewtonian forms can take shape again.

Event details

Floating, Sinking will take place from Friday, 9 August to Friday, 23 August 2019 at Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley Campus, Edith Cowan University.

Opening event

Date: Friday, 9 August 2019
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191

Artist talk and performance

Date: Sunday, 11 August 2019
Time: 2.00pm
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191

Open hours

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


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