Project Overview

  1. Project Director: Dennis Del Favero
  2. Programmer: Rob Lawther
  3. Project Funding: Australia Council for the Arts
  4. 2014
  5. Single channel video installation
  6. Video. 3.30 minutes. BW. Stereo

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Installation view

Lenz forms part of the four-part Firewall exhibition, exploring the concept of doors.

Typically doors are viewed as human inventions. However they precede and transcend the human world. Not only do they appear in the natural world, amongst animals and insects, but they are also found in the physical world of the atmosphere. It is the interrelationship between their human and non-human occurrence that is the focus of Firewall. The term Firewall characterises one function of a door, namely its immunological qualities, keeping danger at bay while protecting the contents. It explores this through an imaginary descent from heights of the atmosphere through a layer of doors down to ground level.

Lenz explores the concept of doors using the image of clouds as doors, doors that hover above and shroud the planet. Shot from a helicopter 3km above sea level, it is an adaptation of the 1836 novella Lenz by Georg Buchner.

Projected onto a 5m wide screen hovering above the audience, viewers are able to see the cloudscape by scaling a large staircase opposite the screen that is sinking unevenly into the floor.

Lenz is an experimental component of the Nebula project.

Lenz video documentation

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  • Tactical Imagery, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, 2015
  • Firewall, William Wright Artists Projects, Sydney, 2014