Ancestor mind


A N C E S T O R
E V O L V I N G
2020
Ocean dance
Polar connections
2020
Black man White man
Spirits
2020
Messages from Trees
Past and present life and death
2020
Ancestral spirits
The ancestors did not disappear
2019
Ephemeral Pedestrian
Our interrelational living system
2019
Patterns we make
East coast Tasmania and Bruny Island
2015
Bunurong
Nature in the dark
Ocean Dance v3 2020 Dance and motion capture: Lisa Roberts. Animation: Paul Fletcher. Music: Stephen Taberner

Ocean Dance v3

"Three responses are made to the dance of water flowing from the Southern Ocean to the Arctic and back again. Created during the Covid-19 pandemic time, Paul, Stephen and I developed our responses from a distance. I danced in my living room in Newtown, Sydney, imagining myself moving with the ocean currents. I danced in ultraviolet light with white paper bands attached to my head, wrists and ankles. White lines of movement were captured on camera. These trace a complex journey of transformation I imagined, of Southern Ocean currents spiralling clockwise and transformed by complex forces to become an anticlockwise movement as they reach the north pole.

Animator and musician Paul Fletcher then responded to the video recording, from where he lives near Bendigo, Victoria. He multiplied, layered, coloured, varied and syncopated the tempo of the original visual tracings of gestures. He also created a sound track that works both with the visual material, and as a stand-alone music composition.

Lisa Roberts 2020

"...when we wander...this music came about very directly... I looked at the images and played what I saw. quite soon there was a sense that was both nomadic and aquatic. so....I filled the sink with water and got to work with some saucepan lids and wine glasses..."

"...We must travel and think in free-ranging patterns... meaning being made in the meandering paths between the words, not the isolated words themselves."

Yunkaporta, Sandtalk 2019, p.21