Gravity shift

Sandiland, Nic ORCID logoORCID: (2010) Gravity shift. [Show/Exhibition]

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Gravity Shift is a video installation that looks at how we might read gravity through witnessing another body. It aims to decentre the viewer's relationship to the installation through presentation of a dancer whose movement is affected by a moving pull of gravity. Variation of Gravity The direction of gravity perceived by an audience remains a constant downwards in live dance and performance. Though there are countless theatrical techniques that try to defy this (aerial flying wires, balletic techniques etc), performers are inevitably subservient to omnipresent attraction exerted by gravity. In live performance both audience and performers experience this pull creating a universal sense of “down” both on and off stage. This shared sensation aids to create a sense of stability or centredness within the viewer’s mind as the effect of gravity witnessed on stage concurs with their own local sensations. Post-modern art, particularly installation art has frequently sought to question assumed stabilities through a shifting of the viewer’s perception. This installation aims to create a situation that decentres the viewer’s physical awareness through presentation of human movement where the pull of gravity has been dynamically distorted. Techniques for adjusting the perceived direction of gravity Video inherently separates the space of the viewer from the space of the performer. For video the performance space is the frame rather than the shared physical arena and its orientation is defined entirely by the viewpoint of a camera operator not the audience. The project exploits this property in order to change the perceived direction of gravity. In practice this involved the creation of an automated dance floor which could pivot in conjunction with a video camera. From the point of view of the camera the dance floor would always be aligned to the camera’s frame.

Venue Details

  1. Gravity Shift
    • Location: Otter Gallery, Chichester, UK
    • Dates: 2009

  2. Gravity Shift
    • Location: DRHA conference Brunel University
    • Dates: 2010

  3. Gravity Shift
    • Location: Digital Futures in Dance commission, Bournemouth
    • Dates: 2011

  4. Gravity Shift
    • Location: Cinedans Festival, Amsterdam
    • Dates: 2011

  5. Gravity Shift
    • Location: The Lightbox Gallery, Woking
    • Dates: 2011

  6. Gravity Shift
    • Location: British Dance Edition, Stratford, London
    • Dates: 2012

  7. Gravity Shift
    • Location: Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds
    • Dates: 2013

  8. Gravity Shift
    • Location: The Place Theatre, London
    • Dates: 2013

  9. Gravity Shift
    • Location: Circus Gallery, London
    • Dates: 25 March - 27 May 2015

  10. Gravity Shift
    • Location: Axis Arts Centre, Crewe
    • Dates: 8 October - 13 October 2016

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts
A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts > Electronic and Digital Arts cluster
Item ID: 16900
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Depositing User: Nic Sandiland
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2015 14:46
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2022 10:21

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