Immerse yourself in a digital wonderland of interactive video imagery celebrating the history of Australia’s legendary Circus Oz.
VAULT: The NonStop Performing History of Circus Oz
MELBOURNE FESTIVAL, October 2014, ARTS CENTRE GALLERY
An exhibition by David Carlin and Paper Giant
Exhibition design: Katherine Bond
Featuring the video performances of the Circus Oz Living Archive
Vault presents the performance history of Circus Oz, all the way from its birth in 1978 until its latest work, as a series of dynamic visual and auditory experiences. Circus is the theatre of the impossible and Circus Oz has always approached the impossible in its own irreverent way. Vault sets out to embody this spirit of playful wit in the form of its displays. Videos of circus bodies become multiplied and patterned; time speeds up, or slows; memories collide with grainy visions of the past; forgotten scenes are conjured from the archives. In one section the entire Circus Oz performance history plays in real time across the three weeks of the festival. Discover the many sides of this extraordinary company’s story: the humour, spectacle, creative inventiveness, international adventures and passion for social justice. Vault draws live data from the online Circus Oz Living Archive, made by a team led from RMIT University. Data from the exhibition itself is captured and visualised so that each visitor, like each Circus Oz audience-member at its performances, adds to the overall performance of the exhibition; to the NonStop Performing History of Circus Oz…