Black Project 1, created by Australian choreographer Antony Hamilton is the first work in his Black Series. Each piece is performed in a black space with black costumes or makeup and a black set. The Black Series proposes that by removing colour and tonal variation we somehow address a utopian idea of what it might be to escape context. Despite this being impossible, there are interesting questions raised from the idea. By trying to limit the potential of outside influences or visual references, how much can we view this event on it's own for what it is? Can we look at something and think of nothing else? Can a work or image or sound be truly unique? Can it be the subject of itself, escaping derived meaning and the invitation of comparison?
Black Project 1's unique concern in the Black Series is a focus on choreography as a catalyst for visual design. The work explores a symbiotic relationship between body and space mapped throughout by moments of painting and drawing. The concern with visual distillation has largely been in response to the world of media over-saturation and 'option fatigue'. The works seek to revitalise our ability to reflect on the things we see with greater focus and deliberation. By singularising what we see, we then notice the complexity in simplicity.
Development of Black Project 1 began in October 2009 during a residency at Radialsystem V in Berlin. it has been supported by the Tanja Liedtke Foundation, Sasha Waltz and guests and Radialsystem V Berlin.
contains music by Autechre, Hazard, Mika Vanio and Jaylib.
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