Performance

An archive of public performance and live art happenings.

  • UnderCurrent, Sarah Jane Pell 2004 Bonnington Gallery Nottingham UK Live Video Michael Mayhew Photo Richard Graham
  • TransPort, Sarah Jane Pell 2004 Terminal Event The Space Between Conference Perth. Live video Corin Gath Photo Anne Marsh
  • Petrification, Sarah Jane Pell + Lawrence English 2005 ARC Biennale Brisbane Photo Bec English
  • Walking with Water, Sarah Jane Pell 2005 Western Australian Maritime Museum Live Video Matthew Jenkins
  • Hydrophilia, Sarah Jane Pell 2004 BEAP04 Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts Perth Video Lorraine Corker

Combining live art, commercial diving and life support aesthetics to devise new forms of art & interactivity called Aquabatics.

Ocean Synapse: Pell & Burke

Ocean Synapse, Waterwheel Online 2014
A trans-hemisphere performance by Sarah Jane Pell (AU) and Ben Burke (US) via the Waterwheel platform exploring bodies in drift.

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Prime Orderly, Dean Walsh Photo Heidrun Löhr

Prime:Orderly, Riverside Sydney AU 2012
A spoken word cameo in the new dance work for Dean Walsh's OZCO Dance Fellowship and his choreographic research into marine environments.

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Hydrophilia, Sarah Jane Pell (supervised by David Bell) 2006 South Quay Penzance UK Photo Blair Todd

Live Art Surgery, Penzance UK 2006
Newlyn Art Gallery Residency & Live Art Surgery site-specific Penzance performance. Pell screened work at Jubilee Pool & performed Hydrophilia South Pier.

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Hydrophilia, Sarah Jane Pell 2004 BEAP04 Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts Perth Video Lorraine Corker

Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth 2004
Inverting the art of diving, Pell's helmet is filled with saline. Her body remains in open air. She controls gag reflex & meditates on the ocean to prevent drowning.

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Petrification, Sarah Jane Pell & Lawrence English 2005 ARC Biennale Brisbane Photo Bec English

Petrification, ARC Biennale AU 2005
Pell is submerged in a human-scale Petri dish. Her body set in a gel medium. English amplifies the aquatic acoustics. Dissolving solution stes her free.

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Walking with Water, Sarah Jane Pell 2005 Western Australian Maritime Museum Live Video Matthew Jenkins

Odyssey, WAMM Fremantle AU 2005
Using a hand-made bio-shaped oxygen re-breather, Pell walks from the Indian Ocean, along a submarine slip and into the WA Maritime Musuem.

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UnderCurrent, Sarah Jane Pell 2004 Bonnington Gallery Nottingham UK Live Video Michael Mayhew Photo Richard Graham

UnderCurrent (Series) AU/UK 2002-6
Suction-sealed inside a 45cm dome with 16 minutes of air, Pell mobilises and dances until a) air depletes, b) poisoning occurs, or c) 45 mins go by.

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TransPort, Sarah Jane Pell 2004 Terminal Event The Space Between Conference Perth. Live video Corin Gath Photo Anne Marsh

TransPort (Terminal) The Space Between Art, Science & Textiles 2004
Submerged a 12m x 2m x 1m tank filled with 17,000lts of water heated to 16C, Pell improvises to John Cage scores ‘Water Walk’ & ‘Water Music’.

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Second Nature Second Skin, Sarah Jane Pell 2003 Rottnest Is. WA Underwater Cinematographer Paul Wolstenholm

Second Nature Second Skin, National Review of Live Art, Glasgow 2003
A media performance of Pell attempting to ‘fly’ underwater using custom-made wings based on a da Vinci design whilst wearing high heels.

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LifeBoat Project www.life-boat.org

LifeBoat Project, ISEA The Baltic 2003-5
Undertaking its maiden voyage across the Baltic for ISEA 2004, the LifeBoat project was a collaborative trans-disciplinary work exploring concepts of life.

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