The new RMIT Gallery exhibition Performing Mobilities, which opens on 25 September, explores how contemporary life in Australia, the world’s largest island continent, is framed by borders whilst constantly being reconstructed through dynamic processes of mobility.
The works encompass the performing, visual, new media and social and spatial arts, revealing tensions around movement of people migrating lands or crossing a city; the movement of cultural ideas and social practices; the movement of matter through time and across space and through transformations of state; and the movement of non-human species and other than human forces.
UK artist Graeme Miller’s installation BEHELD (2006 -), showing as part of Performing Mobilities, frames the social and political in its geography. Updated with a haunting event that occurred in Sydney airport, this powerful installation charts locations where stowaways have fallen to earth from the wheelbays of airliners in an interactive projection of image and sound in glass.
Miller writes; “BEHELD does not mark the migrant lives lost in no-man’s land, nor at sea, in containers or under lorries, nor even the many souls found in undercarriages at airports. BEHELD is not exactly a work of mourning, a Trauerarbeit, but more one of geography. Human geography. The horizon is the border that mediates other frontiers – separating races, cultures, individuals, the living from the dead. Those who fell through it fell from common sky into lands of complicated memberships and privacies, hedged on all sides but one.”
Graeme Miller will be giving a public talk on the development and continual evolution of the powerful work BEHELD on the opening day of Performing Mobilities at RMIT Gallery.
What: Graeme Miller artist talk – BEHELD & Beyond
Date: Friday 25 September
Time: 1-2 pm
Venue: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne.
Bookings: (03) 9925 1717