Drawing Water IV
Looped HD projection with sound
The connection between the Blue Mountains and the waterways of Sydney is hard to visualise. This work allows the viewer to move from the Pacific Ocean through the complex waterways of Sydney to the foothills of the Blue Mountains.
The map that is the ground for the tracing is made up of three topographic maps produced by Department of Lands Geocentric Datum of Australia 1994 (GDA94: Sydney Heads 9130-2N, Parramatta River 9130-3N and Prospect 9030-2N). The dimensions of the drawing from these three maps is 600mm wide and 3.6 metres long and is created on a specially designed table. The drawing is then scanned and digitally animated with an audio track. The foundation of the sound is the human voice singing the note G as a single tone that holds the human breath.
Dr Jacqueline Gothe is Associate Professor in Visual Communication Design at University of Technology Sydney. Her research approach emphasizes research through design as a knowledge creating paradigm directed towards transdisciplinary understanding in interdisciplinary and cultural collaborations. She is currently working in partnership with Firesticks Alliance an Indigenous-led network that mentors, shares and supports the revival of cultural burning practices in natural resource and fire management contexts. This work has been recognised by the International Institute of Information Design (IIID).
Jacqueline extends the impact of her work through participation in numerous public exhibitions investigating various media platforms including using video in 360 degree environments to provide an emotional and immersive experience that traverse cultural boundaries. These narrative forms enable the viewers to experience landscape as a cultural and biophysical entity informed by Indigenous perspectives and highlight her concerns for shared understanding through storytelling.