Dark Mofo 2016
On June 24, between 5-9pm, the streetscape of Triabunna was illuminated with projections of luminescent mushrooms, carnivorous plants, microscopic plant footage and B-grade horror films of plants which children actors.
Live Site Catalyst (LSC) is a School of Creative Arts (SOCA) project focused on the contested post-industrial landscape and regional community of Triabunna, north east of Hobart. LSC is a creative collaborative project between SOCA (Kit Wise, John Vella and Lucy Bleach), Glamorgan Bay Council, University of Tasmania Architecture and Design, and the Monash School of Architecture.
Whilst undertaking preliminary LSC research, the tender care local residents took of their private gardens within the post industrial landscape stood out as individual tending that collectively manifested a nurtured, abundant space in contrast to the post pulp mill socio-economic and cultural terrain.
Over the course of a month-long workshop period, grades 5 and 6 students from Triabunna District School worked with SOCA staff/researchers Lucy Bleach and John Vella, and 3rd year Sculpture and Moving Image students to produce B-grade horror films of their Triabunna gardens. Workshops involved costume design, mask making, and strange sculptural body adornment constructions that synthesised the students’ bodies into vegetable/plant/human hybrid forms. Students were directly engaged in film making activity – including shooting Super 8 B-grade horror clips of the school vegetable garden and digital footage shot via an iphone through a microscope at varied cross-sections of plants (vegetable and endemic).
The footage was collated and edited for Night Garden, a one night only event for the 2016 Dark Mofo festival. The multiple films were projected on the homes and commercial buildings of Triabunna, charging the township with B-grade botanical horror films that reframed their locale, fusing the real with the imaginary, translating multiple narratives of the town through the moving images created by the students that lived there.