Sexual Play in the Galapagos Islands

Jones, L 2008, Sexual Play in the Galapagos Islands, (Creative Work : Visual art).


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Title Sexual Play in the Galapagos Islands
Author(s) Jones, L
Year 2008
Type of work Visual art
Outlet Darwin with Tears-exhibition of new installations of 10 major video installation works (4 as new works/commissions) based on 15 years of feminist research into Darwin's analysis
Dates 24 May - 20 July 2008
Medium digital video recordings and 20 min dig audio recording inserted into freestanding timber wall.
Size/Duration Timber wall of 12 metres with 6 monitors inserted at different heights. Each monitor with different video/s program of 5 - 8 minutes looped on front surface and constructed earpieces with speakers playing 20 minute continuous audio program on back surface
Summary  "The aim with this major re-design of research into Charles Darwin's work in the Galapagos Islands, which Jones began at ANU/ABC radio in 1997, was to discover whether it is possible to decentre humans in accord with Darwin's work across species; ie against the anthropomorphising tendencies of most nature films (increasingly important to current environmental concerns). While video artist Bill Viola provides immersive experiences for viewers and interactive artists like Lozarno-Hemmer create works changeable by audiences, Jones uniquely activates viewers imaginatively as participants through her unique research into endowment. Here they only see/hear close-ups of Galapagos Islands animals through peepholes in a rough wall that references construction sites.

Behind the wall they can hear erotic stories of meetings on islands in languages associated with the Galapagos, with a background of animal sounds that bleed through the wall. The viewers are thus transported to the Galapagos, viewing the animals as Darwin did, or becoming fellow tourists, listening to gossip of sexual adventures. The wall itself becomes the transporting medium. The use of untranslated voices speaking English, Spanish, German (as in the Galapagos), is also innovative, supporting the experience of being a tourist, where one is surrounded by people speaking while you cannot generally understand. This is the most extreme version of cultural diversity experienced as language difference in Jones' research, testing the possibilities of working across untranslated languages.

This new installation for Darwin with Tears (a major exhibition of 15 years of addressing Darwin's work) shown throughout ACCA, Melbourne, was commissioned by Director Juliana Engberg, curated by Hannah Matthews with major funding from the Australia Council. The accompanying book included chapters by Engberg, Professors Elizabeth Grosz, Margaret Plant, Lyndal Jones and Scott McQuire."
Subject Performance and Installation Art
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