Night Walk

A large sphere of inflated black plastic is inhabited by a walker. Spatial qualities and movement systems are imprinted upon the fragile black membrane: a dark intrusion creating alternative, non-linear, nomadic narratives in relation to the landscape. A condition of blindness reveals tensions between the walking body and its geographic, cultural, technological, and architectural contexts. Over each day the confident architecture of the sphere dissipates into rags, which the artist works to repair each night. The fragile skin bears the scars of every journey it has walked.

Night Walk is conducted as a blind navigation within the landscape, as part of the artist’s ongoing study into nomadic and pelagic states. The work maps the sites through dialogue with local communities, and a negotiated passage through the terrain. As a site-reactive performance, the work soaks up meaning from each new context encountered, bearing the physical marks of the space whilst absorbing its unique cultural narratives. Made from cheap rubbish bag material, it evokes the improvised dwellings of migrants, asylum seekers, and transients. The spherical nature of its construction plays with globalism, cartography, and the ubiquitous language of trash and plastic pollution. At Prague Exhibition Grounds the black, blind, reflective sphere plays with notions of the fairground parade or spectacle, evoking a bulbous carnival mask or head, an escaped beachball, a giant rubbish bag untethered and roaming the grounds, a blot of oil, an amoeba, a dark black hole, and an inky globe harbouring dread.

Partners:
Original performance developed in collaboration with Culpra Milli Aboriginal Corporation

Website:
samtrubridge.com

Country/Region New Zealand

Artists Sam Trubridge

07 06 2019 12:00—15:00
Where PEG 5

08 06 2019 12:00—15:00
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09 06 2019 12:00—15:00
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10 06 2019 12:00—15:00
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11 06 2019 12:00—15:00
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12 06 2019 12:00—15:00
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13 06 2019 12:00—15:00
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14 06 2019 12:00—15:00
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15 06 2019 12:00—15:00
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