Claire Robertson (VIC)
Returning to the remains of the temporary mining camp located 1651km from Perth that her family called home in the 1980s, video artist Claire Robertson transports her audience into the vast landscape of the Western Australian outback in Far From Here.
A video installation of cinematic proportions, Robertson leads the viewer through large-scale, multi-channel projections that capture uninhabited fly-in fly-out mining camps of the Pilbara Region. Awaiting their imminent removal, these demountable villages sit in stark contrast with an endless horizon balanced on the edge of reality.
Far From Here explores what it means to experience a place at a distance. Examining prevailing colonial relationships to the landscape and what it really means to ‘inhabit place’, Robertson questions ‘Are we really here?’
With a haunting sound design by Tilman Robinson, Robertson embarks on a visually stunning new work, vast in scale and scope.
Sound CompositionTilman Robinson
Far From Here was commissioned and developed through Next Wave’s Kickstart program for Next Wave Festival 2016.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.