Last Word 2012, a site-specific river performance, which developed research into acoustic and light transmission systems in remote environments. While much research into the future advancement of 21st technology is poignant, the examination of past and present forms of communication enables a rich and deeper insight into human condition.
Last Word 2012 is the third and final commissioned performance in the series for Siteworks. This collaboration focused upon a growing understanding of the land from cultural and scientific perspectives, encompassing both Indigenous and non-Indigenous histories of place, and inevitably, considerations of land usage and discussions around the future of food and water.
The work embodied a river fugue of voices, and channelled memory in the form of a farmers diary from the region, written in the 1880’s. The dialogue focussed on the mundane daily weather report to explore the sense of time and necessary need to understand the climate. These voices transmitted then received beside, around and across the Shoalhaven tidal zone. It referenced the Boyd landscape legacy through the light and sound transmission, which illuminated and echoed upon the ghostly hillside, as a procession ascended and eventually disappeared into darkness.