Engine Room

This 16mm film and sound installation establishes dialogues between the projected image, recorded sound and the performer’s body. This work explores the emotional disassociation manufactured by civilians towards refugees, asylum seekers and other victims of territorial or financial war zones. The cognitive dissonance generated by the (Australian) “national” subject remotely viewing the suffering and alienation of the “other” (object) in conflict zones or between contested boundaries creates a unique state of being – like an insulating conceptual plexiglass barrier.  Seeking equilibrium, EmotoExile ventures to transgress these constructions by placing the artist as an emotional exile under the direct gaze of the live-yet-transient studio audience.


Project Siege Mentality
Artists Bonnie Hart
Year 2012