Background image of orange and grey clouds during a stormy sunset overlaid with lens flares. Floating in the foreground is a reflective, textured blue and turquoise elongated arch.

Endless Blue Edge
Jodie Whalen

Endless Blue Edge by multi-disciplinary artist Jodie Whalen, is a new video work created for the URL and transformed into an all-encompassing site-specific video installation for IRL. Imagery of the sky captured in Western Sydney is distorted and paired with an original soundscape to offer viewers a site to contemplate the borders of internal and external landscapes, belief and transformation.

The repetition, replication and degradation of the imagery, sounds and motifs in Endless Blue Edge is harnessed to explore how meaning moves through, and translates between forms, signifying time and transformation.

Symbols of earthly experience and liminal space become metaphors for our understating and experience of the unknown – a window into different realms of physical, metaphysical, and spiritual possibilities.

Endless Blue Edge is driven by a desire to give physical form to the the intangibility of fraught emotional states such as grief, anger, fear, apathy and hopefulness. It seeks to be a site for intimacy, desire and the body experienced individually and collectively. The online work on the BLEED website is personal, intimate and introspective, whilst the onsite component of the work at Campbelltown Arts Centre is intended to be a shared experience.

Read Artist Statement

Endless Blue Edge originates from my desire to give the intangibilities of grief a physical presence. The work coalesces my own personal history and elements of popular Western culture into emotionally fraught, symbolically dense and sublime environments.

From the beginning of this project, I carried a camera with me to capture sunsets – especially those that are sublime, psychedelic, and dramatic in their colour and structure. Each sunset I documented was captured in Western Sydney and has a direct relationship with the site where the work has been developed and is presented.

When bringing the imagery of the work together, I start by composing a soundscape. This sonic narrative leads the placement of the imagery, the transitions, and what effects I use. Through this process, I am distorting images and sound to negotiate the borders between our internal and external worlds, and thus how the digital bleeds between into these spaces.

Read Artist Statement

Endless Blue Edge originates from my desire to give the intangibilities of grief a physical presence. The work coalesces my own personal history and elements of popular Western culture into emotionally fraught, symbolically dense and sublime environments.

From the beginning of this project, I carried a camera with me to capture sunsets – especially those that are sublime, psychedelic, and dramatic in their colour and structure. Each sunset I documented was captured in Western Sydney and has a direct relationship with the site where the work has been developed and is presented.

When bringing the imagery of the work together, I start by composing a soundscape. This sonic narrative leads the placement of the imagery, the transitions, and what effects I use. Through this process, I am distorting images and sound to negotiate the borders between our internal and external worlds, and thus how the digital bleeds between into these spaces.

Endless Blue Edge

    • FRI 02 September, 17:00 – 20:00 AEST
    • FRI 23 September, 17:00 – 20:00 AEST
    • This work will be shown during sunset.
    • Campbelltown Arts Centre (C-A-C), 1 Art Gallery Rd, Campbelltown, NSW, Australia
  • FREE

    • Quiet Space Available
    • Wheelchair
  • Please note this work will be presented as part of the BLEED activations at Campbelltown Arts Centre (C-A-C) on FRI 02 September and FRI 23 September, 17:00 – 20:00 AEST, along with Sap 濕 and you can never touch your shadow.

  • This work contains loud audio and flashing lights.

At sunset, on the opening and closing Friday evenings of BLEED, Campbelltown Arts Centre’s facade becomes the site for Jodie Whalen’s video installation Endless Blue Edge. This ephemeral video installation responds to the timing and passing of sunset, offering viewers a transformative site of contemplation – exploring the boundaries between our internal and external landscapes.

Imagery of the sky and sunsets captured throughout Western Sydney will be projected onto the façade. Audiences will be enveloped by an all-encompassing spectacle of video, audio and light as the sun sets and the digital replication of the sky is projected onto the building where physical and digital worlds bleed into one.

Endless Blue Edge explores how the sunset, a symbol of earthly experience and liminal space, acts as a window to different realms of physical, metaphysical, and spiritual possibilities. As an immersive installation, audiences share experiences of intimacy, desire and the body. The hard and soft boarders between internal and externals selves blur as the sky descends from light into darkness.

Credits
  • Lead artist, video and sound production - Jodie Whalen
  • Endless Blue Edge is commissioned and produced by Campbelltown Arts Centre as part of BLEED 2022.
  • BLEED (Biennial Live Event in the Everyday Digital) was conceived by Campbelltown City Council through Campbelltown Arts Centre, and The City of Melbourne through Arts House. BLEED 2022 is produced and presented by Campbelltown City Council through Campbelltown Arts Centre, and City of Melbourne through Arts House, Taipei Performing Arts Center and Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei. BLEED has been supported by the Taiwan Ministry of Culture and Cultural Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Sydney.

Endless Blue Edge

    • FRI 02 September
    • FRI 23 September
    • This work will be shown during sunset.
  • FREE

  • This work contains loud audio and flashing lights.

Endless Blue Edge by Jodie Whalen is a video work intended to be experienced online. Connected to, and reflective of a site-specific video installation at Campbelltown Arts Centre, the online offering is a more personal and intimate experience of the work.

Documenting the sky in Western Sydney, Whalen does not apply any editing or filters to manipulate the image. Images of the sky are simply presented in its natural state. The sublime range of colours cast by the sky are intended to make the viewer feel something unearthly.

Alongside this imagery of the sky, Whalen has photographed physical objects, that when manipulated, reflect the sublime light and colour of the setting sky. By transferring physical scenes and objects digitally through photography, Jodie intends to impart a physical weight and space to the digital copies of the light reflecting materials and sky.

As the sun sets, light and colours change as day transitions into night. Endless Blue Edge reminds us that the sky is omnipresent but always changing, signifying the passing of time and the experience of transformation that we carry both in our bodies and minds. This hyperreal video and accompanying soundscape offers viewers a site to contemplate their internal landscapes.

Credits
  • Lead artist, video and sound production - Jodie Whalen
  • Endless Blue Edge is commissioned and produced by Campbelltown Arts Centre as part of BLEED 2022.
  • BLEED (Biennial Live Event in the Everyday Digital) was conceived by Campbelltown City Council through Campbelltown Arts Centre, and The City of Melbourne through Arts House. BLEED 2022 is produced and presented by Campbelltown City Council through Campbelltown Arts Centre, and City of Melbourne through Arts House, Taipei Performing Arts Center and Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei. BLEED has been supported by the Taiwan Ministry of Culture and Cultural Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Sydney.
Acknowledgement of Country
Arts House, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Taipei Performing Arts Center, and Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands we work on, the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Dharawal, and Ketagalan peoples. We extend our respects to their Elders past, present and future while respecting the vast Traditional Owners Nations our digital platforms reach. We extend this acknowledgment to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and Austronesian artists, audiences and communities, and First Nations peoples globally.
墨爾本藝術之家、坎貝爾敦藝術中心、臺北表演藝術中心及台北當代藝術館向我們土地上的第一民族暨傳統所有人致上敬意,包括烏倫杰里族(Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung)、塔爾瓦斯族(Dharawal)、凱達格蘭族(Ketagalan)及其眾支系。因著BLEED數位介面所將廣泛觸及的各種傳統民族與土地, 我們尊榮各地過去、現在及未來的祖先與耆老。我們更將這份對台灣與澳洲原住民族、托雷斯海峽群島民族及南島民族的藝術家、觀眾與社群的致意延展至全球各傳統領地與第一民族。