From 'Explosive Measures' at Truganina Explosives Reserve, Altona, April 24 and 26, 2015.
Two evening performance-installations at Truganina Explosives Reserve, a 17 hectare area fenced off from general public access for more than 100 years. The Reserve was used for storing explosives (from 1901 to 1962) in now-decaying earth mounds. The landscape was partly poisoned by chemicals and heavy metals and is gradually being re-possessed by rare and fragile indigenous plants. Explosive Measures represented an extension of EPA's body-based performance practice into exploring how social history might occur as performance. EPA created whisperings from deserted rooms and silent movements, some lit by flashes of light, among trees, in stables and explosive mounds - and accompanied by surreal sounds from the instrument-sculptures of musician Rod Cooper. Boon Wurrung Elder, Carolyn Briggs, joined EPA to tell stories of place accompanied by a gigantic shadow body rising across a deserted concrete water tower.