digitally augmented performance installation

Brink is on the edge of life. An intriguing journey into a resonant past filled with the collectors eccentricities. Defined as lip, rim, or edge ‘Brink’ signifies a world teetering, and on the verge of something about to happen. The global coordinates of Far North Queensland places us on the Asia Pacific rim with an evening that blurs artistic boundaries and offers an experience of exquisite art from the brink of extinction. The historic value of the Tanks site as a domestic defence policy for the protection and survival of Australians during World War II is not lost. The artists work to contain elements involving everything from an environmental defence campaign, observations of humanity, attributes of nuptials, and the domestic wild will to live. Featuring a display of the most unusual collection of artifacts and objects, presented in a classic car retrieved from Cairns Central Swamp.

‘Brink’ is delivered as part of an evening of exploratory contemporary performance hosted at the Tanks Arts Centre, Friday 15 July 2005 in conjunction with other sound, screen, installation, performance and symposium events occurring throughout the week at the Tanks and KickArts at the Centre of Contemporary Arts as a component of the ‘On Edge’ contemporary media and performance week.

‘Brink’ is produced by Russell Milledge and Rebecca Youdell of the Bonemap creative intermedia art collective. Bonemap is a hybrid mesh of live art, installation, dance and new media framed by an overarching ecological framework that expands into the imagination as both the visceral and the virtual. In a relationship between the breadth of performance and the rigor and context of visual art, there has developed a hybrid genre known as live art. This has been acknowledged as one of the most vital and influential of creative spaces that operates in the cracks of our culture revealing fluidity where we expect to find the static.

Performers: Sue Hayes, Jess Jones, Brian Fuata, David Williams, Rebecca Youdell, Amanda Le Bon
Media & scenography design team: Artist - Russell Milledge
Sound Artist: DJ Olive
Technical assistants - Simon Tait, Werner Burger, Stephen Barton
Installation assistant – Kevin Mayo

2005 Tanks Arts Centre, Tank 3


Tanks Arts Centre, KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns City Council and Arts Queensland - Regional Arts Development Fund, On Edge Media and Performance Festival.


Cairns: On Edge
Bonemap on the Brink
Fiona Winning

On Edge Contemporary Media + Performance
Cairns: On Edge
An axis of edges
David Williams

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