Northern void

Macarow, K 2007, Northern void, (Creative Work : Digital work).


Document type: Creative Work
Collection: Creative Works

Title Northern void
Author(s) Macarow, K
Year 2007
Type of work Digital work
Outlet Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, Australia
Dates 17 February 2007 to 18 February 2007
Medium Digital video and live sound performance
Size/Duration 4:21 (min:sec)
Summary "Shifting audience perception of cinema from the fixed, repeatable, to the malleable and responsive, Northern Void is a live audio-visual cinema performance which expanded the cinematic experience by incorporating live music.

With Northern Void, Keely Macarow wished to extend the boundaries and cinematic presentation of video and a live soundtrack and research the impact of post industrial decay, economic decline and environmental degradation on a Melbourne urban landscape. While the performance of live soundtracks in which musicians re-score a pre-existing silent film (eg Metropolis Rescore: The New Pollutants, 2005 Adelaide Film Festival) are popular, this project's innovation lay in the performance of a live soundtrack to an original digital video.



Presented at the ACMI Cinema, with high-end digital projection and a Dolby Digital 5.1 playback, Northern Void was produced by Macarow and composed by the sound art duo Philip Brophy and Philip Samartzis. Brophy directed the video, which explored how the Australian urban landscape will look in the future, after climate change. It used a stretch of a decaying Melbourne industrial zone to see The Present (2013); Future (2085) and Post-Future (3079). This performance links with research of others composing and performing for live cinema, such as David Shea (US/Australia), Robin Fox (Australia) and DJ Spooky (US) (Arts Centre Playhouse, Melbourne).



Extensive reviews included ABC Radio National, Jake Wilson, World ends with consumer bang in sci-fi experimental, The Age (Metro), p19, 15/02/07; Philippa Hawker, Top 10 films, The Age, (A2), p34, 17/02/07, Darren Tofts, apocalypse near you, Realtime, 78, April-May 07. Northern Void was funded by the City Of Melbourne (Arts Grants Program) and Film Victoria (Digital Audience Development Grant) peer reviewed committees."
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