Three-channel video with audio. Duration 9:06 min
Editing: Vera Hong
Voice: Izabela Pluta (adapted from W.G. Moore, The Penguin dictionary of geography, Fourth edition (with revision) 1973, Penguin Books, Great Britain); and diving briefing, SOU-WES Yonaguni, Japan (22 January, 2018)
Project assistance: Paulo Macchia, Andrew Yip, Janusz Pluta, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, and Sou-Wes Diving Company, Yonaguni, Japan
This project has been assisted by a UNSW Art & Design Faculty Research Grant.
Courtesy the artist and THIS IS NO FANTASY dianne tanzer + nicola stein, Melbourne
First shown in the exhibition 'Geography of space, archaeology of time' at The Australian Centre for Photography, curated by Allison Holland
25 October - 1 December 2018
This recent body of work is the outcome of Izabela’s research off the coast of Japan’s western most islands. 'Cavitation' (2018) explores an underwater rock formation situated where the Pacific Ocean and the East China Sea meet. The artist is interested in the allegorical potential of this oceanic relic and its ability to prompt archaeologists and scientists to speculate on it as either a natural anomaly, or a cultural artefact. Izabela questions: How does this site evoke myth, making us complicit in the fiction that surrounds it. Or, how does mythology transcend fixed notions of place to offer an alternate set of shifting coordinates.
Her drone-mounted camera surveys, at times erratically, the nearby terrain from above. Occasionally it comes across found artefacts, or flotsam, which have drifted with ocean currents to serendipitously fall between the enclaves along the coastline.
Polish-born, Sydney-based Pluta has exhibited widely in Australia and undertaken research and artist’s residencies in Barcelona, Paris, Belfast, Beijing, Japan and Malta. She is a lecturer at UNSW Art and Design, Sydney and represented by THIS IS NO FANTASY, Melbourne.