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Tremble & Dance - Tremor at the edge of vision

My practice is a process of manipulation of forms requiring knowledge taken from different languages in visual art. 'Tremble & Dance' explores both haptic and scopic experience in relation to digital media; where a new understanding of bodily experience develops across time and space.

• To be aware of what you see and hear, not through analysing but through seeing and hearing not from the self as conditioned thought but as a self-aware, observing, insightful individual.

• To begin to address the in balance of what we call ‘progress’ associated with technological developments shifting emphasis on the importance of internal over the external.

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Tremble & Dance - Tremor on the edge of vision

'Tremble & Dance' refers to the idea that if we attentively observe very small particles, such as a speck of dust or a grain of pollen, suspended in still air or in a liquid, we see them tremble and dance. This phenomenon immediately made me think of my own body and its mass and movement that seems irrelevant taking into account both inner and outer worlds. The body can almost seem to tremble and dance to all that is… Perhaps this is what is known as the varying subtle bodies making wonderful alternate realities possible in real time?

‘Tremor at the edge of vision’ was taken from a book titled ‘Peregrine by J.A. Baker, a classic of British nature writing, first published in 1967. This description by J.A. Baker reminds me of the paper "What Is It Like to Be a Bat?" by American philosopher Thomas Nagel, first published in The Philosophical Review in October 1974, and later in Nagel's Mortal Questions (1979), which presents several difficulties posed by consciousness, including the possible insolubility of the mind-body problem owing to “facts beyond the reach of human concepts”, the limits of objectivity and reductionism, the “phenomenological features” of subjective experience, the limits of human imagination, and what it means to be a particular, conscious thing.

  • Greg Penn
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    January 1, 2020
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Director Biography - Greg Penn

Greg was born in the UK, now Melbourne based. Greg studied Film & Photography at the Newport School of Art, Wales, UK and his Masters of Fine Art at the Victorian College of Art, Melbourne and is currently pursuing his PhD. Greg has been awarded an 'Honourable Mention' at the Deep Focus Film Festival, an 'Outstanding Achievement Award' at the 25th L’Age d’Or International Art-house Film Festival, ‘The Most Innovative use of Digital work’ at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne and awarded a place on the LUMEN long list held at the V&A, Victorian & Albert Museum, London. Greg shows locally and internationally; Bogota Experimental Film Festival, Colombia, Festival ECRÃ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, CICA Museum, South Korea, Wunderground Film Festival, Belgium, IVAHM19, La Neomudéjar Museum, Madrid, Spain, CROSSROADS, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA, MCA, Museum of Contemporary Art, AUS, ACMI, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, AUS, ARTPLAYER.TV, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, FACT, UK, National Gallery of Victoria, UK, Onion City Experimental Film & Video Festival, Chicago, USA, VIDEOMEDEJA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia, MUFF, Montreal Underground Film Festival, Canada, DEFY Film Festival, Nashville, USA, LEFF, London Experimental Film Festival, UK, SEAFF, Stockholm Experimental & Animation Film Festival, Sweden, ART Stage Singapore, IVAHM17, Madrid, Spain, IKONO ON-AIR FESTIVAL, Berlin, Germany. Greg teaches 21st Century Photography at RMIT University, Melbourne and is represented by Otomys Gallery in Melbourne.

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