Gibson's Compass is an illusory performance video that explores and interprets tracks and traces across unfamiliar terrain in the Australian desert landscape. The work imagines traces left behind by early explorers in their search for the holy grail of Green English Pastures and the Useless Objects they took with them. Burke and Wills packed a piano… and Gibson searched for water for the Giles expedition with a compass he couldn't use!
Gibson's story inspired Gibson's Compass where I walk into the desert carrying a useless item on my head, leaving behind deep tracks in the mud. Could it be that Australians fear that their tracks and traces will disappear... that they will shrink and disappear into the emptiness... because... during their lifetime, 95% of Australians never visit the desert