Gina Czarnecki's Spine presents a visual and visceral journey through and about being.
Extending from the award‐winning audio-visual work, Nascent, Spine manipulates raw footage of improvised and choreographed performance by the Australian Dance Theatre. Compositional techniques applied in the editing stage result in a powerful and compelling hybrid of visual art, experimental media, technology and dance.
Images of dancers' bodies combine and mutate, creating a hypnotic, intricate visual landscape. The imagery evolves from complex masses of cell-like structures, to graceful friezes of bodies whose movement is distorted in time. Eventually, the intertwined bodies resemble a new life form, observed like a biological sample in flux, multiplying, mutating.
Brisbane International Festival, Brisbane, Australia
Perth International Festival, Perth, Australia
Civic Centre, Newcastle, UK
Spine was created by Gina Czarnecki in 2006. Commissioned by AV Festival 06. Produced by Forma. Supported by Arts Council England. Laneways ‘06 presentation of Spine supported by the City of Melbourne, Australia.
Gina Czarnecki realises her art in a diverse and often unconventional range of media, including installations, sculpture, video, and site specific works. Since the mid-1990’s her work has found fascination with convergent developments in life sciences and technologies, their possible applications and how this shapes and informs identity.
Background image: Installation view, Gina Czarnecki, Spine, Civic Centre, Newcastle, UK, 2011