Parer Place

This Storm is Called Progress

where Parer Place Urban Screens

when 4 – 19 April 2016

time 6.00pm – 9.00pm nightly

tickets Free | No booking required


This Storm is Called Progress is a dual-screen audio-visual installation, a collaboration between Grayson Cooke and Dugal McKinnon. Cooke's footage of the Naracoorte Caves in South Australia is juxtaposed against time-lapse video of Landsat satellite images of Antarctic ice shelves, and acoustically framed by McKinnon's electronic score. The project pits the "deep time" of ancient geological formations against the present, a technologically amplified time exemplified by the speeding-by of satellite images of ice shelves. The title of this project is derived from Walter Benjamin's "angel of history", a tragic figure caught in the storm of progress, forced to unerringly witness the catastrophe of history.

Grayson Cooke
Born in New Zealand and based in Australia, Grayson Cooke is an interdisciplinary scholar and award-winning media artist, Associate Professor of Media in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University. Grayson has presented live audio-visual performance works in Australia and internationally, and exhibited and performed in major international festivals such as the Japan Media Arts Festival, the WRO Media Art Biennale, the Imagine Science Film Festival in New York, and the FILE Festival in Sao Paulo. As a scholar, he has published over 25 academic articles in print and online journals. He is also an associate editor for the online peer-reviewed journal Transformations. He holds an interdisciplinary PhD from Concordia University in Montreal.

Dugal McKinnon
Dugal McKinnon is a composer and sound artist whose output encompasses electronic, acoustic and text media, and is often located at the intersection of these. Recent projects include Let x =, for multichannel sound and icosahedral loudspeaker, created as 2014 artist-in-residence at the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics (Graz, Austria), and Lost Oscillations, a collaborative sound installation centred on a custom touch-based interface through which participants explore the layered sonic archeology of Christchurch (NZ). Dugal teaches composition, sonic art and sound studies at Te Koki New Zealand School of Music, where he is director of the Lilburn Studios for electronic music.


Grayson COOKE & Dugal MCKINNON
This Storm is Called Progress 2016
15:25 min
Full colour, dual-channel HD files, scalable to fit the 2048x768 display resolution
Stereo audio