The Joy of Loss is an investigation of the emotional terrain sculpted through loss, transformation, transcendence and overcoming.
It is an audio-visual landscape...an emotional response that is invigilated both physiologically and psychologically. Sound, image, performance, space, metaphor, language, and silence come together to develop a shared emotional understanding of loss and its joyous cathartic qualities.
Loss is but the starting point - the moment of departure. It is in dealing with loss and the journey that this entails that drives this work. It is that porous membrane of experience, memory, emotion and physicality through which we all must pass.
A note about the structure
The Joy of Loss is a multi-disciplinary installation with six distinct aspects seeking equilibrium in realising and expressing loss and transcendence.
Artist David Sudmalis calls these distinct aspects 'gestures'. The gesture is the basic, identifiable organisational unit. Gestures interact, have characteristics that can be shared and influence other gestures, and create hybrid gestural forms that exhibit qualities of its antecedent forms.
The gestures of The Joy of Loss are:
Gesture 1: Fire installation
Gesture 2: Air and infrasonic installation
Gesture 3: Eight-channel surround sound installation
Gesture 4: Live dance/movement performance
Gesture 5: Live music performance
Gesture 6: Silent interviews
Three live performances featuring dance stimulated by intuitive gesture and improvised sound and music occur during the exhibition season:
15 September (opening night), 6.40pm
16 September, 3.30pm
28 September (closing night), 5.30pm
Tuesday & Wednesday 2.00pm-6.30pm
Thursday & Friday 2.00pm-7.30pm
Follow the progress of The Joy of Loss project with David Sudmalis on his blog www.thejoyofloss.blogspot.com.