OneOne was installed and performed as live mixed projected film with live sound accompaniment for the Prague Quadrennial (NZPQ15) - Czech Republic, and the Oceanic Performance Biennial (OPB15), Rarotonga. It was also performed at the opening of the Sound Islands Festival in Singapore (SI15), and customised as a unique interactive installation for the Aarhus Festival 2015, Denmark.
The film figures in OneOne shift through geometric stone-form capsules to suggest the presence of breath in the soundscape. This creates a pictorial representation of air and water movement inside the hollow river stones, which are blown to make sound, as in playing a flute. In the live performance event for the Cook Islands (part audio captured only) Daniel Belton was joined by Nigel Jenkins - a direct descendant of Chief Kaniua and Hine Pipiwai of the Kaiapohia Pa, playing hollow stones from the Maerewhenua River, a tributary of the Waitaki River, Te Wai Pounamu, Aotearoa (New Zealand).
"OneOne invokes a sense of ancient culture, an archetype being unearthed through real-world experience that is timeless and contemporary. This resonates with natural elements: stone, water, wind, and sunlight. In Te Reo Maori the title means soil, sand or earth which is appropriate because the source of the inspiration for the work is New Zealand landscape. In particular this references a North Otago river where extraordinary hollow rattle-stones can be found. They are rare, and have been formed over millions of years. Near to this site is a place called the Valley of the Whales, named because there are fossils of Cetaceans in the rock, both whale and dolphin. Ancient connections, and we know that all those years ago, this place which is now very much inland, was once under water ocean.
The creative process began with the aural - music is the heartbeat of the piece. The sonic oscillations and rhythms that remind us we are part of a living pulsing cosmos became the foundation for the visual elements in the film. As if with the lens of the astrophysicist, we look inside the river stones to examine expansion and contraction, memory and our relationship to the land. The intention is to convey a kind of penetration in this process, whereby layers of time can be opened and read in a way that we might measure earth movements and weather patterns. The holes in the stones can suggest a discreet stage, or theatre. In these spaces the dance, sonic, and visual elements are made to co-exist. The lattice of lines, geometry, geography and sound, merge and bring texture and timbre to form. The action of making sound animates these internal environments and captures the movement of human presence. The stones can be seen as time capsules containing dance that has been found in a specific frequency of vibration. OneOne explores human existence as part of eternal cycles. It suggests ritual where echoes of the past resonate in a universal view of the present.
OneOne is Daniel Belton's pelagic trans-media work for Good Company Arts engaging renowned artists Janessa Dufty, Dr Richard Nunns, Nigel Jenkins, Peter Belton, Tanya Carlson, Donnine Harrison, WJS Grenfell and Simon Kaan. It is an elegy for the planet" Good Company Arts
OneOne Project History:
(Official invitations as Interactive Installations, Expanded Cinema Transmissions, AV Liveset performances) World Premiere: Arts Festival Dunedin 2014 (Toitu Museum, New Zealand); Body Festival, Christchurch 2014 (ArtBox Gallery, New Zealand); Southland Museum and Art Gallery, Invercargill, New Zealand 2014; Nga Taonga Sound and Vision 2014, Wellington, New Zealand Film Archive; Festival Escuchar [sonidos visuales] 2014, Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, Argentina; CINEDANS Festival 2015, The Eye, Amsterdam, Holland; Dunedin Public Art Gallery for Matariki 2015, New Zealand; PQ15, Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space as part of the NZPQ15 National Exhibit including installation for Auckland Arts Festival 2015, Czech Republic/NZ; Oceanic Performance Biennial OPB15, Rarotonga, Cook Islands; Attakkalari India Biennial 2015 (Ranga Shankara Theatre), Bangalore, India; Sound Islands Festival SI15, Singapore; Aarhus Festuge 2015, Aarhus, Denmark; OneOne featured in The Arts Foundation of New Zealand 2015 Awards Ceremony where Daniel Belton received a prestigious Arts Laureate, Auckland, New Zealand; Aesthetica Short Film Festival: ASFF BAFTA Qualifying Festival, York, UK; Immaginare La Danza International Conference 2015 hosted by Sapienza University, Rome, Italy; Light Nelson Festival 2016, New Zealand; Ignite Festival 2016, New Dehli, India; Festival Internacional de la Imagen and ISEA 2017, Manizales, Colombia. OneOne was a finalist in 2 categories at World Stage Design 2017 (Taipei) and won Bronze for Projection and Multi-Media Design.