Premiering in Melbourne 2012, Antony Hamilton's Black Project 1 is a performance meditation on the synthesis between the body, and it's gravity bound connection to the forces and minerals of the earth. The work follows two beings who relentlessly traverse a linear, panoramic landscape causing effects on it as they go. In the process they leave a trail of visual artefacts that permanently transform the environment.
Influenced by a history of dance and visual art as a departure point for making work, Antony developed Black Project 1 through a process of reduction, as a response to an overwhelming landscape of artmaking that utilises vast social and cultural referencing to position it in a transparent context. Black Project 1 attempts the impossible, challenging itself to escape context altogether through the reductive process. To symbolise this concept, it was decided to work in only the single tone of black, to blanket the people, surfaces and objects into a singular plane, before markings of human endevour reveal themselves as the performance progresses.
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