Peter Long

Community Arts & Cultural Development

States of Suspension

States of Suspension is an immersive music, sound and light event held at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre on a mid-summer evening in February 2018.

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States of Suspension utilises the unique acoustic and visual characteristics of the Cultural Centre courtyard set against the twilight backdrop of a world-heritage national park. The immersive and thought-provoking event affords audiences an opportunity to experience time and space ‘in suspension’ by combining music, sound, lighting and projections to explore ‘between’ zones of aesthetic experience.

The artwork explores the nature of imagination artistically through the idea of liminal or ‘between’ zones of experience in music and visuals that are highly conducive to imaginative thought. The echoed surrounds of the cultural centre courtyard lend to an acoustic sense of ‘in-between’, with music performed by the improvisation group Paper Sun to integrate with the environment and abstracted imagery.

The spatio-temporal characteristics of the work draw on the integration of sound and imagery with the acoustic and visual qualities of the courtyard environment. Commencing at 8pm, the gradual transition of twilight through the open aperture of the courtyard combines with music and projections to invite contemplation of the evening sky, with a dedicated ‘between’ zone of comfortable seating located beneath the main window arch. Influenced by the work of light artist James Turrell, it creates a dynamic space of imagination and wonder, reawakening a sense of fascination with phenomena in the natural world and promises to be an immersive, magical experience for the Blue Mountains community.

All donations are completely tax deductible and cover production costs for the event as well as paying a small fee to the music artists involved. Donors are thanked for their contribution, knowing they have played a part in creating a unique community event contributing to the artistic and cultural diversity of the Blue Mountains region.

Peter Long is a performing musician, composer, sound artist and graphic designer based in the upper Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

His PhD research investigates aesthetic experiences of spatio-temporal suspension in popular music and moving imagery, and he has presented his findings at conferences in Spain, New Zealand and Australia.

Peter’s artistic practice draws inspiration from the unique Blue Mountains environment and its timeless visual and sonic footprint.

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Eddie Patton

NSW
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Heken Bells

NSW
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Clare Delaney

NSW
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Clare Delaney

NSW
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Vanessa Currie

NSW
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Sarah Ellison

NSW
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Linda Mizzi

NSW
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Maria Romeo

NSW

Andrea Przygonski

SA
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Fusion Boutique

NSW
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A. Winston

NSW

Links

Artists Website
http://www.immed8.com.au