Rethinking the Image
Tony Sarre and Mayma Awaida
Your head pivots, trying to follow the elusive echo of voices which dance around the room. One light, brassy note flirtatiously chimes from the corner, ringing melodically in your ears. Its vibrations sing, itching your skin and sitting heavy in your sinus. The air feels cool and sticky with salt against your cheek. It tastes blue. With hand outstretched you lean to touch, pulling into existence a weighty, gritty object, and breaking any illusion that the space around you is one of emptiness.
In a three-part audio piece, Rethinking the image draws from Erin Coates’ exhibition at Goolugatup Heathcote Alluvial Gold and leads with a blind perspective to navigate space using atmospheric sound, description, and conversation.
Even in its terming, ‘visual’ arts there is an implicit bias that sight is the predominant way of interacting with and understanding art. Blindness subverts these assumptions, generating the possibility for alternative and experimental readings wherein audio description can function as its own creative form, transforming our capacity for communication.
Each part of Rethinking the image represents a unique dimension of experience that interact to build a palpable sense of movement and stillness, what is tangible and intangible, ephemeral and static.
Part I: Whale song in gold
Part II: Space in soliloquy
Part III: Beckoning for closeness
LISTEN TO THE WORK HERE
Tony Sarre is a Blind Australian film-maker, artistic director, writer and facilitator, whose current body of work centralises accessibility in and within the arts. With collaboration at the heart of his practice, Tony's work interrogates how to treat audio description as a complex and evolving language, imbued with narrative flair. In the last year, Tony has co-directed a Screenwest funded short film Turning to White and is presently working on a behind-the-scenes documentary, chronicling his unique directorial style as a Blind artist. He is the artistic director for The Other Film Festival WA 2021.
Mayma Awaida is a first-generation Lebanese producer and community arts facilitator currently based on Whadjuk Noongar Bibulmun boodjar. Considering how art and writing are embodied experiences, her work aims to elevate the lived experiences of individuals with disability disadvantage and interrogate how to position accessibility within the arts as an intentional, response-driven process. She is the current producer for The Other Film Festival WA 2021, Gallery Manager at Cool Change Contemporary and Program Coordinator at DADAA in Fremantle.
Lincoln Mackinnon is a Fremantle based sound designer, filmmaker, musician and community arts worker. Working predominantly with digital media, Lincoln often collaborates with community groups to create cultural, artistic and social documentaries, music videos, experimental soundscapes and interactive media works."
|Time & Location||
Thu 25 Feb - Sun 14 Mar
Mon 15 Feb – Sun 14 Mar
- Special acknowledgement to Lincoln MacKinnon for the sound design of this project