What’s Yours Is Mine (2007)
David Lawrey & Jaki Middleton
An Experimenta New Visions Commission
What’s Yours Is Mine is a sculptural installation that creates an illusion of a forest scene to explore the intersection between physical and virtual space. Inspired by childhood mythology, a hyper-real magic faraway tree holding portals into a simulated forest sprouts from a patch of Astroturf. Peering into the windows captures the attention of a bear at the centre of the forest who begins jumping up and down, yelling ‘no, no, no’. This is a homage to Bruce Nauman’s nihilistic, anti-art performance video ‘No, No, New Museum’ (Clown Torture series, 1987) depicting the artist dressed as a knave, furiously jumping up and down, yelling ‘no, no, no’. Like Nauman’s work, What’s Yours is Mine initially confronts and later evokes an empathic relationship with the figure expressing fury. This installation uses absurdist humour to create a complex connection to illusory worlds. Using glass and light, What’s Yours Is Mine combines the magical Pepper’s Ghost technique with motion sensing equipment. New and old technologies combine to expose the slippage between the illusory forest environment and the real world.
David Lawrey and Jaki Middleton live and work in Sydney. They have been collaborating since 2005. Their collaborative practice draws on popular culture, art history, childhood mythology and vintage optical phenomena. Their work has been included in Vertigo, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth (2007); Eyes, Lies and Illusions, ACMI, Melbourne (2006-7); Locating the Photographic, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart (2006); The sound before you make it, Wollongong Art Centre, NSW (2006); and Phatspace, Sydney (2005). What’s Yours is Mine premiered at Experimenta Playground: International Biennial of Media Arts in Melbourne, August 2007.This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its principal arts funding and advisory body. Special thanks to Eric Lawrey for technical assistance.