Dr Sandra Parker - Embodied Perception and Installation Practice

Sandra Parker’s body of work includes multi-disciplinary theatre pieces and installation works for gallery spaces. Recent projects include: Playhouse Guandong Modern Dance Company, China 2007; Out of Light, Sandra Parker Dance 2009; Liu Bin on the Wall, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, 2009; Document, Dancehouse, 2011, Transit, 2010, Melbourne Festival 2012, Faits d’hiver, Paris, 2013, and The Recording, Dance Massive 2013. Sandra was awarded the Australia Council for the Arts Dance Board Fellowship 2012/2013. Recent installations include Three Angles, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2014; and Three Frames, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, USA, 2013. Sandra holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne.

Focusing on a recent body of installation works, Live View, Three Angles and Three Frames, this presentation will focus on recent explorations into the notion of ‘embodied perception’, and the focus in my practice on the viewer’s physical, affective and sensory interaction and engagement with multi-disciplinary installation and performance. The presentation will show how practical experimentation into physical proximity and methods to ‘choreograph’ perception; along with theoretical propositions on perception, consciousness and presence offered by philosopher Alva Noë inform the research, proposing that affective ‘circuits’ between viewer and performer (live or onscreen) can be established through specific spatial and temporal interactive installation formats to shape and manipulate perception.

From The Outstanding Field: Artistic Research Emerging from the Academy - A Symposium. 19th — 21st of March 2015.