Invisible by Night
Invisible by Night is an interactive video installation by Lynette Wallworth which responds to touch and presents a projection of a life–sized woman whose eternal pacing can be quietly interrupted by the viewer.
Commissioned originally for The Melbourne Festival 2004‚ in response to the layered history of the site of Melbourne’s first morgue, Lynette Wallworth chose to create a piece about the process of grief and loss, and the transient nature of compassion.
Invisible by Night builds gesture into its interactive structure to create powerful emotional connections with the viewer. The piece signals our neglect of ‘histories of site’ through our more immediate lack of compassion for those who suffer among us. Its attention to the transient beauty of compassion and interaction traverses boundaries of urban community and history.
Invisible by Night was created by Lynette Wallworth in 2004. Commissioned by Experimenta.org. Produced by Forma.
Lynette Wallworth is an Australian artist whose practice spans video installation, photography and short film, and whose work has been shown in festivals from Vienna to Sundance, from the Lincoln Center to the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Her work movingly explores the relationship of between ourselves and nature, how we are made up of our physical and biological environments – even as we remake the world through our activities.
Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum, Adelaide, Australia
Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, New York, USA
Festival d’Art Lyrique, Aix-en-Provence, France
National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK
New Crowned Hope Festival, Wien, Austria
The Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne, Australia
Background image: Lynette Wallworth, Invisible by Night, 2004. Image courtesy of Festival d’Aix en Provence.