Aeon

Lz Dunn

At one stage, our group engulfed a man walking his dog; with no idea what was going on, infected by the humour, he stayed for a while.
A smart, funny experiment in flocking, Aeon showed how easily we follow, and stick together.
The Monthly

Since the 1980s, scientists have used computer modelling to illustrate the three simple rules that enable the synchronised movement of bird flocks: separation, alignment and cohesion.

Informed by these flocking studies and queer ecology, Aeon is activated by silence, sound, civic responsibility and personal desire. A playful push through public space and private discomfort, this participatory experiment in group behaviour questions what it means to be ‘natural’.

Co-created by a team of acclaimed multidisciplinary artists, Aeon lands a portable speaker in your palm and invites you to walk between soaring clouds of wings and piles of pigeon poo, towards a paradoxical and uncertain horizon.

BACKGROUND

Flocking is the choreography of a group of birds; they navigate by an individual initiating movement that ripples through the group. Visually arresting, the flock moves in unison throughout landscapes that are wild, unnatural and unknown.

Aeon situates itself in the dance and sound-art worlds and extends into public space. Using movement, walking and listening, Aeon encourages consideration of human-bird-place relationships and how these connect to our contemporary understanding of ecological forces.

Aeon is inspired by queer ecological thinking that questions established ideas of what is valued as ‘natural’.

Aeon left me feeling as though I had been able to watch humanity’s journey
from a primordial and pre-verbal age,
of animalistic survival and nomadism,
through to an abstracted sense of evolution,
to modernity,
and finally to the climactic anthropocene, as we lay in the dark with roaring bass vibrations crackling through our spines. Jezrsh

Credits

Created by
Lz Dunn & Collaborators

Sound by
Lawrence English

Choreography by
Shian Law

Dramaturgy by
Lara Thoms

Commissioned by
Mobile States

Produced by Performing Lines

Presenter Contact

Narelle Lewis Producer

Presentation History

2017
Dance Massive, Arts House
North Melbourne, VIC
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
Perth, WA
Liveworks Festival, Performance Space
St Peters, NSW
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Full Presentation History for Aeon

2017
Dance Massive, Arts House
North Melbourne, VIC
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
Perth, WA
Liveworks Festival, Performance Space
St Peters, NSW
2016
Vitalstatistix
Port Adelaide, SA
Salamanca Arts Centre
Hobart, TAS
Brisbane Powerhouse
Brisbane, QLD

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

Aeon was produced by Performing Lines and commissioned by Mobile States. Aeon was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advocacy body; the City of Melbourne through Arts House; and Vitalstatistix’ Adhocracy program.

Performing Lines acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we work – the Gadigal in Sydney, the Whadjuk in Perth, and the Muwinina in Hobart – and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

We extend those respects to all First Nations peoples on whose lands we travel and perform.