The Road

The Road is a 15 minute multiple screen video art work which explores our sensory unravelling as we move from the structured sensations of urban landscapes, to the transcendental expansiveness of ancient deserts.

At first the mind holds the people and places left behind, but they soon fade as our thoughts dissolve into the vast and limitless landscapes of the desert before us. Our mental clutter falls away and the road becomes a thread between worlds. 

The never ending road forces an inner observation. We begin asking ourselves fundamental questions about our life's journey, while gradually surrendering to the dance between day and night, dark and light. No longer pressured by time or people we experience waves of chaotic madness, brain noise and discomfort, eventually giving way to bliss, and the immense power and spirit of nature. 

For two decades Shez Cairney has delighted in delving deeper into the heart of nature, driving along endless bush tracks and distancing herself from the familiarity of people and towns. She is a neuroscientist and photographer living and working in Alice Springs. It is the observations of her own mind which helped form the basis for The Road. Presented across three screens the footage was captured during her various trips from Melbourne to Mparntwe-Alice Springs. 

Collaborative work by

Shez Cairney, Trevor Almeida, Kate Follington, Original Music by Jody Galvin, Mung Balding and Rob McPherson (Garagee)

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