Transitions

Nathan John Thompson

Date and Time

  • Plympton Pumphouse, Riverside Road, East Fremantle
  • 5-21 Nov
  • Thurs-Sun
  • 10am-6pm

Entry

  • Free

Date and Time

  • Plympton Pumphouse, Riverside Road, East Fremantle
  • 5-21 Nov
  • Thurs-Sun
  • 10am-6pm

Entry

  • Free

A remanent of a brewery from the early 1900s, the Plympton Pumphouse building has been a silent witness to an environment continuously in flux at the hands of human intervention. The landscape itself on which it sits has, of course, been in constant tectonic flow for millennia.

Transitions, a new work by artist Nathan John Thompson, makes visible the unseen sonic movements, histories and environments within this location. Manmade electromagnetic pulses, structural vibrations, geological movements, pre-recorded stories, and waterway movements are captured within the Pumphouse, processed and interpreted by a vibrational robotic body. Here sound takes the form of a transient liquid metal, called gallium, which moves with the robotic body in delicate ethereality. Transitions is an invitation to embrace ambiguity and understand paradox. It is a performative study into the impermanence of our being and the legacies of listening across time.

About the artist

Nathan John Thompson

Nathan John Thompson explores the possibilities of man/machine interaction, mechanical sentience and the hidden creative corners that arise from these relationships. Building Dissipative Systems – both electromechanical and biochemical – that play along the blurred edge of the interactive while showing independent intent and agency. Nathans work often manipulates life to question and problematise humanity’s position in the contemporary environment in order to build greater understanding of the inhabited space we share. His long-term enquiry surrounds the political and ethical issues encountered when we allow technology ‘open access’ to our lives. Nathan has shown work and performed throughout Australia, Europe, Asia and Latin America. In 2021 his work has received awards of excellence in both Ars Electronica and Japan Media Arts festivals.

He is currently a researcher at SymbioticA – IP Stem Cell technologies implementing bio-engineered human brain organoids to develop a ‘surrogate performer’ for aged, infirm or deceased composers.

Plympton Pumphouse, Riverside Road, East Fremantle

5 Riverside Rd, East Fremantle WA 6158, Australia

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