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Fascinating experiment

Australian artist Anna Bonshek's multimedia video/sound installation Project Reverie is on show at DakshinaChitra till April 30


ANNA BONSHEK is an Australian artist whose multimedia video/sound installation Project Reverie has been selected for showing in India. It had its launch at the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Center, New Delhi, and is now being presented by DakshinaChitra at its premises till April 30.

In this installation inspired by Indian philosophy, Bonshek has experimented with elements of digital media to create interactive visual art works. At the heart of her concept is a cognitive dimension or `consciousness,' which enables creativity to happen at any level either in art, writing or performance.

Integrating various media like music (sound), videography (moving images) and dance (time and space), Bonshek has collaborated with her niece Corrina Bonshek, a sound artist and composer, dancers, audio mixers, DVD authoring and sound technicians to address the topic of consciousness.

The visual language she employs mediates through cosmic forces, water, earth and light, in the conceptions of her forms. With these metaphorical analogies, she brings about transference of the central concept of `direct expression of consciousness.' Through the symbolic analogy of water/ocean, she draws out its benevolent skein focussing upon the mild ripples and gentle rhythmic caresses of the waves to translate movement in time and space, actively intervening with one of the cosmic forces/element to describe form. Juxtaposed with water as form is the representation of landscape, which from an Australian perspective is significantly spiritual. The video footage of landscape refers to the relationship the Australians have with their topography, which according to Corrina Bonshek, "spiritual ideas tend to be evoked through the images and sounds of the landscape in Australia."

The dominant imagery at the installation site (DakshinaChitra) is the large circle incorporating three inter-related minor circles within. The video film (13 minutes) captures the metaphoric cosmic imagery of earth, water and light. There is no complexity involved in conveying the dominant idea of `cognisant consciousness' since the language of natural forms as well the choreography of the dancers is non-confrontational, simple yet evocative. It is this dimension of subtlety that makes this video installation mystical and contemplative. The multimedia orchestration of the dancers creates numinous expressions suggesting awareness of recognition of our `being' within the constellations of the mathematics of the universe. The colours are equally significant, symbolic and emblematic with blues, yellows, purples and browns.

Within the video presentation a feature that attracts attention was the division of the frame into a series of squares, implying perhaps the constellation of the planets within the diagrammatic representation in Hindu Astrology. This reinforces the conscious efforts of acknowledging and recognising the reading of one's destiny through the trajectory of the planets.

Says Anna Bonshek, "I am interested in the cognition of the dynamics of the most fundamental or infinite value of consciousness. My work reflects a concern to fathom the infinite dynamics or fabrics of awareness, to experience the process of creativity perpetually generating the minutia and momentum of existence at all levels."

ASHRAFI S. BHAGAT

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