Deep Performance Enhancement // Perth International Arts Festival 2013
Taking mental rehearsal, arousal control and performance enhancement to a deeper level...
Deep Performance Enhancement
Inside Running: the Sport of Art
Exhibition and Performance Lecture
Pell created 'Deep Performance Enhancement' comprising of raw diving footage, multi-track spoken-word audio, and commercial diving artifacts in combination with a performance-lecture to examine mental rehearsal, arousal control and deep performance enhancement in diving, art and life.
- Audio: Deeper, Deeper, Deeper... 2013
- Video: La petite Mort, 2012
- Dive Helmet with connected comms
- Dry Suit
Navy seals - much like performance artists, martial artists, dancers, athletes and religious - use mental strategies to achieve peak performance. Creating an artwork completely encapsulated within the confines of a single headspace seems fitting for an exhibition in this historic building - a former mental asylum and US Amry base opposite the aquatic centre and over-looking the Port of Fremantle. The installation invites the participant to place their head inside a commercial diving helemt and explore the inner voice of the diver and performer in all of us. Within the protective underwater technology, you will hear a composition of new works by the artist based on a fusion of the artists' own imaginative engagement with the experience of occupation diving and underwater performance exploration for 12 years. (See Diving.) and 4 highly technical psychological techniques used by Navy SEALs namely,
- Goal Setting - simple focused actions, performed step-by-step, calm & task-oriented.
- Mental Rehearsal - pre-performance visualisation, neuro-associative conditioning
- Arousal Control - relaxation, breathing, body awareness, imagination
- Self-talk - positive affirmations, pep-talk, and posture
Dr. Sarah Jane Pell performing 'Deep Performance Enhancement', Perth International Arts Festival exhibition, Fremantle Arts Centre, 2013. Photo Jessica Wyld.
Deeper, Deeper, Deeper...CD
CDs Available to purchase for $25AUD at FOUND Bookstore, Fremantle Arts Centre or online.
The installation included the release of 'Deeper, Deeper, Deeper...' Deep Performance Enhancement Coaching Tool, Written and performed by Dr. Sarah Jane Pell. Post Production Alister Morley, Melbourne AU. Limited Edition Release for the Perth International Arts Festival 2013.
Perth International Arts Festival
Inside Running: the Sport of Art| Fremantle Arts Centre | 1 Feb - 7 Apr, 2013
Inside Running: the sport of art brings together nine Australian artists whose passion for sport has bled into their art, in an exhibition of specially commissioned work. Sport takes contstant practice and for these artists the discipline and challenges of training and playing has become part of the way they make art and what they make art about.
The artists' commitment to sports, ranging from surfing, scuba diving and basketball to boxing and climbing, informs and influences their work, which includes video, sculpture and large-scale installation. More about participation and less about spectatorship Inside Running delves into Australia's underlying obsession to play.
- Erin Coates(WA);
- Simon Horsburgh (VIC);
- Richard Lewer (WA);
- Gabriella and Silvana Mangano (VIC);
- Todd McMillan (NSW);
- Sarah Jane Pell (VIC);
- Patrick Pound (VIC); and
- Nick Selenitsch (VIC).
The artist gratefully acknowledges the support of Strahan Dive Pty Ltd, Tasmania crews 2008-10.
The artist also gratefully acknowledges the generous support of KFD Group, Diving Supplies for the loan of commercial diving artefacts.