The performance and installation (un)popular culture exposes a constructed and documented action where I have used a séance mobile app featuring a ‘medium’ attempting to make contact with ‘spirits from the other side’. I attempt to make contact with the lost digital signal PAL (Phase Alternation Line rate) which was recently switch off Australia wide, prompting an influx of analogue Television sets being dumped nationally and the eradication of this signal. The outfit worn consists of Hungarian folk cultural dress from my matriarchal line combined with found and embellished materials to interconnect between digital folk-lore and traditional folk culture.
Responding to the phenomena of Cargo cults (which Wikipedia describes as a kind of Melanesian millenarian movement encompassing a diverse range of practices occurring in the wake of contact with the commercial networks of colonizing societies. The name derives from the apparent belief that various ritualistic acts will lead to a bestowing of material wealth ("cargo"), this work explores the distance and the tension between technology and the voracious desire for technology, attempting to invoke a compelling sense of familiarity and strangeness. Installation and live action become a sensory instrument which aims to offer the viewer a chance to perceive both something of themselves in the work and something other.
Selena de Carvalho is a Tasmanian based cross-disciplinary artist. Her practice traverses traditional and new media, printmaking, design for installation and live performance. She has exhibited regularly both locally and nationally in artist run spaces, public and commercial galleries in a solo, collaborative and collective capacity. During 2012 Selena was mentored by Raef Sawford through Jump (the Australia Council's national mentoring program) and was awarded an Australia Council ArtStart Grant. She travelled to China in August 2012 to undertake a 24HR Art residency at the Huantei Art City, Beijing.
For 2013 she is the recipient of the Arts Tasmania Dombrovskis Award and designed Shadow Dreams for Terrapin Puppet Theatre (in partnership with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Tasmanian Palowa community), which premiered as part of Ten Days on the Island Festival. Following this she participated in Performance Incubator (a master class with New York based Elevator Repair Service). Selena is currently completing an internship with Magnificent Revolution, a pop-up pedal powered cinema collective.
Selena’s work responds to personal notions of ecology and human interaction with the environment, with a focus on work that aspires to raise questions as opposed to provide answers