In Maluga (2009)8:56
In Australian art and literature, a prevalent binary opposition emerges from works classic and contemporary, a dichotomy that permeates reality as much as fiction. In Maluga, a spatial fixed media work for five channels, explores notions of bush VS city. Often poets, artists and musicians explore the pervasive nature of the city as it etches away the beauty of an ancient omnipotent bushscape. Sometimes the soft and docile manmade city-limits are tested by the harsh reality of an unforgiving desolate wilderness. Maluga (the subject) is a resurrected traditional mangrove, a reborn spit of bush in the middle of Sydney’s suburbia, a fantasy of a lost living forest in historical Australia. Surrounded by the urbanized cacophony driven by business and industry, In Maluga presents a juxtaposition between a living serene bushland and a bustling city. The bird calls of Australian natives and the clang of a mechanized modern piano are two central samples that represent the bush VS city idiom. The audience is transported to and from a ‘happy place’, a gentle collage of nature’s orchestra and the ‘foreign’ harsh crack of industrial noise. Synthesized and manipulated sounds represent both calamity and tranquility as the listener is thrown between these opposing settings, common in a contemporary human habitat. This work is set in five channels, mixed in protocols with sounds manipulated using RTCmix.
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