falling back to
1 Aug–30 Oct 2021
Yundi Wang, Sleepless, 2020, single channel video, 8:41min.
The video work, Sleepless, was made in the second half of 2020. During this time, I collected video footage of my daily walks in my neighbourhood in Balwyn, Melbourne and combined it with footage that I had collected from the past year. Also during which time, I watched lots of Andrei Tarkovsky’s films, contemplated my unrequited desire, and got interested in the sonata form. The construction of the video work, Sleepless, is a combination of images (moving and still) and sound weaving together. I used a lot of digital manipulations in Adobe Premiere such as cropping, inverting colour, changing the speed, mirroring and layering to create a hypnotic visual and aural experience.
I would like to acknowledge the ongoing love and support from Evelyn Pohl and Lisa Radford.
Blindside Satellite programs are presented online and onsite at the gallery as on public screens at Bunjil Place, Narre Warren; Harmony Square, Dandenong; Liverpool, Sydney and Beenleigh, Queensland.
The project examines notions of public space, specifically the public square and what it means for art to occupy these spaces and connect physically disparate audiences through a collective experience.
This program takes place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded - this land is stolen land. We pay respects to Wurundjeri Elders, past, present and emerging, to the Elders from other communities and to any other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders who might encounter or participate in the program.
Yundi Wang is stuck between the walls but she tries her best to travel through flowers and wind, kissing the leaves, sometimes alone and sometimes traveling with Evelyn. This travelling had been most evidently seen in her making of sound/music and moving images.
Yundi writes love letters mostly in sound/music, performance, and moving images, alone or with Evelyn. She collects images and footage from the everyday choosing to film because it may be humorous, absurd, melancholic, seemingly neglected moments, or have a pleasing/unpleasing aesthetic. She then composes or plays with these images through a process of digital cutting, pasting, collaging, and through the use of repetition, variation and metaphor. The music/sound is always in the works, sometimes explicitly as the soundtrack for videos, or her own voice; other times it is visually shown through rhythm and movement. Some of the group exhibitions she has been involved in are ANATHEMA: KICKING A DEAD HORSE, Seventh Gallery, 2019, The River Doesn’t Want You Today, Living Museum of the West, 2019, and Not a Musical, with Evelyn Pohl, George Paton Gallery, 2020.
Sanja Pahoki is a Croatian born visual artist currently living in Melbourne, Australia. Pervasive technologies such as photography, video and neon are employed by Sanja to explore observations from everyday life. With a background in philosophy and psychology, and working primarily with photography, Sanja is a keen and sensitive observer of social interactions. Existential concerns such as irony, anxiety and angst are prevalent in her artworks. Sanja is currently the Head of Photography at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne and is represented by Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne.