Performance, installation, interactive, temporary architecture. This work begins with a simple sculptural idea that is universally recognisable: the wall and the book. Conceived and Artistically Directed by Dario Vacirca, Meka Audet and Alex ben Mayor. The Great Wall of Books is both a show (performance) and an interactive sculptural installation for public space. As its name suggests the scale of the sculpture, standing 5 metres high and 10 metres wide, is a wall of books or a library in which caretakers (performers) live and work within. The sculpture is an interactive and responsive space in which the public store written and oral stories via visual text, vocal recording and multi-media. These stories are solicited in real time in the street and via workshops with the community. Objects, musings and selected stories are re-interpreted by the caretakers into cross-art outcomes.
This documentary follows the project to Macau, SAR China where the company undertook a three-month residency working with contemporary and traditional artists and community.
WELL is a Melbourne-based performance incubator and since 1999 have been dancing like cranes, resisting gravity, teetering on the brink of reality and stitching back together the fragmented carcass of contemporary existence. Siphoning from the well of diverse knowledges and imaginings WELL people bend the traditional rules of engagement with art to invent new possibilities for meaning, creative expression and sensed experience.
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