Explore the landscape of the Mallee through Spectral Ecologies

Published on 04 April 2017


Spectral Ecologies is an exhibition of photography, sound and video by Sam Nightingale and Polly Stanton that explores the landscape of the Mallee, engaging with both the history of cinema in the region and the idea of the ‘cinematic’ as a way of seeing.

Arts and Culture Portfolio Councillor Jason Modica encouraged people to attend the exhibition opening at MAC on Thursday, 6 April and be the first to discover the little known history of cinema in the Mallee.

It will also be a chance to see the first high resolution drone footage of the Pink Lakes in the Murray Sunset National Park.

“Nightingale and Stanton use new technologies such as drone imagery, HD video and surround sound, and have both made new work developed through research trips, community engagement and archival research,” Cr Modica said. 

“Key highlights of their work include Stanton’s beautiful video and sound portrait of the Pink Lakes in the Murray Sunset National Park and Nightingale’s multi-dimension work, Cinètracts (2017) which explores the cinematic through the twin experiences of looking at and being situated within the landscape”

To accompany the Spectral Ecologies exhibition, there will be a series of public events in Ouyen and Robinvale organised in partnership with the Ouyen District History & Genealogy Centre, and Euston/Robinvale Historical Society from Friday 7 April to Sunday 9 April for the community to find out more about the project and share their own cinema stories.



Sam Nightingale and Polly Stanton

Curated by Bridget Crone

Exhibition Opening: 6pm, Thursday 6 April

Opening Speaker: Professor Paul Carter

Mildura Arts Centre

6 April to 18 June


The exhibition is curated by guest curator Dr Bridget Crone, who is an Australian curator and writer living in London where she is lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, the University of London.

Sam Nightingale is a UK-based artist and photographer. He often works with historical archives and local memory to explore specific sites, landscapes and architectures. Recent work in Australia, Europe and the US engages with sites of cinema. For further information: www.samnightingale.com

Polly Stanton is an Australian artist living and working in Melbourne. She is known for her video and sound portraits of landscapes as diverse as those of Iceland, Finland and Australia. For further information: www.pollystanton.com

Professor Paul Carter is a writer and artist and Professor of Design (Urbanism), RMIT University, Melbourne.  Paul is author of Ground Truthing: Explorations in a Creative Region, University of Western Australia Press, 2010.

For more information call Helen Piscioneri at Mildura Arts Centre on (03) 5018 8330 or email helen.piscioneri@mildura.vic.gov.au

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