Lesser Gods is a participatory installation of animated video projections, featuring Western spiritual and religious iconography, and a large-scale, interactive dance podium. Akin to a macabre Dance Dance Revolution, audience members can control the audio of Lesser Gods based on instructions from the projections. The surreal imagery of Lesser Gods is evocative of spiritual visual traditions, but blends these with recent history and scenarios, questioning ideas of rightful authority and hierarchy, and the reverberation of this in Australia.
A critique of colonial, religious and political discourses within contemporary Australia, Lesser Gods is a meditation on rights, entitlement and possession. Viewers are invited to enter through a large carnivalesque mouth of a saltwater crocodile to partake in the seductive spectacle of this dance game. While it may be considered fun at first, as more religious symbolism and melodies manifest, Lesser Gods will suggest more explicit ramifications of following direction and passively bearing witness.
OPENING / 21 May 2014, 6PM
EXHIBITION / 21 May – 7 June 2014
ARTIST TALK / 28 May, 6PM
FRIDAY NIGHT / 6 June, from 5.30PM onwards
METRO ARTS GALLERY, Level 2
SEE ALSO //
Exhibition Catalogue // with essay by Daniel Browning
2014 / Metro Arts – Exhibition Program, 21 May – 7 June, co-presented by Metro Arts, Next Wave & Ryan Presley
2014 / Next Wave Festival 2014 – in Presentation, co-presented by Next Wave, Human Rights Arts and Film Festival & Ryan Presley
Lesser Gods has been commissioned and developed through Next Wave’s Kickstart program for Next Wave Festival 2014.
This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts.
Lesser Gods has been supported by the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival.
Ryan Presley gives special thanks to Robert Andrew (Assistant Collaborator/Engineer), Louise Harvey (Animator), Laura McCabe (Animator), Tessie Liddel (Animator) and Dane Alexander (Sound Design) for their contributions to the project.