A continuous, 24hr live feed of this work lives here in perpetuity.
KINGS Artist-Run, Melbourne
4th - 26th August 2017
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Remnant presents a continuous real-time, synchronised, twenty-four hour image of the empty and unmade bed where the artist’s father died. His body lay for three days before being discovered. The video, together with a twenty-four hour unedited field recording of the remote and rural location, was captured in the days subsequent.
The work considers place, the passing of time, personal history, and the experience of loss through death. It engages duration and exclusion as means to investigate the liminality of this shifting space. The video stream captures the changing of light that occurs in the room through the course of the three days whilst the body cooled and quieted, connecting the viewer to the space through the experience of real time. The sound component documents the continuing and unaltered sounds of the surrounding lands. Thus the work is the artist’s attempt to inhabit a space and time, forever made impossible.
As he has noted:
“The grieving process was bound up with feelings of exclusion. I was excluded from being present at the time of death, excluded from any opportunity to say goodbye prior to death, excluded both geographically from the site by a distance of a thousand kilometres, and temporally by the fifteen years that had elapsed since I had been a resident in my father’s house. The site of his death was formerly my childhood room, the bed was my childhood bed.”
Remnant marks the D.A.Calf’s first foray into the gallery space, having moved from a background in sound manipulation and performance, through immersive installation and experiential theatre. It is the first in a series of semi-related works approaching death and trauma from an archival and durational perspective. This exclusion is reflected in the dislocation between the site of death, the external streamed space, and the gallery site. The work is a live-streamed projection of the footage as it is being projected twenty-four hours a day in real-time in an anonymous, isolated space. While the gallery may only be open limited hours, the work continues on in this other space regardless, for the duration of the month.
On the anniversary of the three days the body was in situ the artist was present in the gallery and seated in front of the work in a further attempt to inhabit this impossible space and time (August 17th - 19th 2017, 12-6pm).
Hurtz - a work for mixing console, outboard and audio-reactive visuals. Debuted at J Substation (a working electrical substation) for Melbourne Music Week (2014). Later iterations have appeared at The Arts Centre, Melbourne (2014), Tilde Festival (2016) and Electrofringe (2015).
Hurtz is being released as a double-album in 2018.
Immersive installation for hearses, humans and guided meditation.
Debuted at Dark Mofo, Hobart AU - June 2016
Developed in collaboration with The You Orchestra.
D.A.Calf is a sound designer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist for The General Assembly.
He also produced, mixed and engineered their debut album Vanishing Point released November 2017.
Touring November 2017. See Events page for shows.
Album. Recorded in Paris, August 2016 over the course of seven consecutive mornings.
Released April 2017.
A week in the life...
Fifty minute sound piece. Guitar drones, fader orchestration, text-to-voice generation, keystroke recorder.
Released June 2017.
Terra 1: Slotermeer / Dieppe 1 / Dieppe 2
Released July 2014.
Immersive light and sound installation for The Boon Companions' All That We Cannot Say (2016).
Programming by Bob Zeal.
Music for remote highways.
New album Outer coming Mid 2018.
Dark Continent, Cold Century (2010) on nomachinethinking/Vitamin.
All compositions, arrangements and production by D.A.Calf.
Posse rounded out by Joe Salvati, Paul Raine, Matt Wicking & Fenton K.
Live score for short film performed solo at Federation Square, Melbourne - November 2015.
Production / Arrangement / Mixing / Engineering
See www.theinstitutestudio.com for credits, equipment, ambiences, possibilities.
Various work for live music playback, installation, film, theatre, radio and television.
Immersive, experiential theatre company founded in 2014 by Marieke Hardy & D.A.Calf.
ALL OF MY FRIENDS WERE THERE (International debut)
- Theatre Works, for Melbourne Festival October 5-11, 2017.
- Melbourne Festival 2016, Dark MOFO 2015, Brisbane Festival 2015, Adelaide Fringe 2015, Melbourne Fringe 2014.