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Black Lens | « Prologue » (work in progress) by Rachel O’Reilly

[Paris 10e • France]

 

Surfacing Trouble (Piercing Surface and Deep Sea Frontiers)

 

Australian-born artist, poet and critic Rachel O’Reilly is producing with Pa.LaC.E (Valle Medina and Benjamin Reynolds) the first moving image work of her ongoing artistic research project The Gas Imaginary. Since 2013, through poetry, collaborative drawing, public lectures and film history screenings, The Gas Imaginary has diagrammed the drama of install and political dis-ordering produced by the unconventional gas extraction (fracking), as it has rolled out internally to the New Economy–in Australia, between the artist’s home town port city of Gladstone, Central Queensland (which for just 4 months in 1847 was the capital of a Colony of North Australia) and across agricultural zones inland of Australia’s east coast. The industry now threatens remote aboriginal communities at the centre of the country where, ten years ago, the Northern Territory intervention conducted a large scale land grab.

 

Addressing the difference between modernist (vertical) and unconventional (rhizomatic) mining techniques that are challenging settler colonial citizenships, O’Reilly’s project connects mine to port developments, land to ocean, to address the contradictions of democratic ideals and propertied material justice under settler colonialism.

 

More informations on Black Lens

Recorded on the 30th March 2018 at La Colonie.
Concept : Filipa César, Louis Henderson & Olivier Marboeuf
Production : Khiasma in collaboration with Archive Kabinett (Berlin) & Spectre Productions
« Black Lens » is an associated programme of Cinéma du Réel Film Festival at Centre Pompidou.
With the support of the PERSPEKTIVE fund for contemporary art and architecture (an initiative of the Institut français’s Bureau des arts plastiques, supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the Goethe Institut) and Fluxus Art Projects.