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Derwent Heavy Metal Wise Head 1: Video art installation


Davies, PE and Wise, CJE, Derwent Heavy Metal Wise Head 1: Video art installation, University of Tasmania, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart (2016) [Recorded Creative Work]

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The video art installation is based on perceptions and memories of the Derwent Estuary, in the context of the legacy of heavy metal pollution, using historic and contemporary video media and interview material. It records the witness and memories of Prof June Olley AM to events during the 1970s - including an eye witness account of liquid mercury draining to the river, of gathering and reporting of early scientific evidence of contamination, and personal perceptions and responses. Prof Olley AM, now 91, was a contemporary of Prof Harry Bloom (deceased) who subsequently brought the heavy metal issue to public attention in the 1970s.

The interview material is interwoven with archival and contemporary footage reflecting two conflicting conceptual themes:

1. The perceived ‘cultural surface’ of the Derwent - water sports, regattas, fairs, sunshine and pleasant memories - with an emphasis on water, air and sunlight;

2. The perceived ‘under-surface’ - influenced by the industrial legacy of mining, ore processing and metal production - with an emphasis on darkness, cryptic mechanical movement, rock, metal and ‘industrial light’.

Item Details

Item Type:Recorded Creative Work
Keywords:Derwent estuary, metal pollution, video, science-art, oral history, MONA
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Screen and digital media
Research Field:Digital and electronic media art
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental education and awareness
UTAS Author:Davies, PE (Professor Peter Davies)
UTAS Author:Wise, CJE (Professor Kit Wise)
ID Code:105268
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Centre for Environment
Deposited On:2015-12-17
Last Modified:2018-01-29
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