CORRESPONDENCES invite you to the opening of the final exhibit for the residency project 'Ouyang Yu & Jessye Wdowin-McGregor / Ekphrasis' featuring 'Found Poetry', a live music improvisation by esteemed composer and world-leading performing artist Mindy Meng Wang 王萌. Bookings via the Event Page are essential. The improved performance will commence promptly at 8 pm—free general exhibition access when the performance has ended at 8:30 pm. A limited number of free tickets are available. We thank Arts Merri-Bek for supporting our work. Image credits: Still from video poem in progress by Jessye Wdowin-McGregor and Ouyang Yu, 2023. Copyright the artists. Précis Ekphrasis is a collaborative residency project exploring the time-honoured correlations between text and image. It features the words of poet, writer and editor Ouyang Yu and the images of visual artist Jessye Wdowin-McGregor. Since July, Ouyang has been working with Jessye to capture a short film exploring his 'tree-writing project'- a filmic representation of the poet's daily practice of writing poems on the trunks and leaves of trees in Bundoora Park, Kingsbury, a site of great inspiration he has returned to again and again for almost thirty years. The film is a reflection upon ecology and time, the artists' mutual love of nature and belief in the spontaneity of the creative act and vitality of the poetic image in the search for a sense of spirit and place. At the heart of the project is the idea of 'found poetry', a search that drives both artists – Ouyang through his bilingual words of poetry and Jessye through her search with the camera and body. For this one-night-only special event, we celebrate the launch of the artists' film. We have invited internationally-acclaimed composer/performing artist Mindy Meng Wang 王萌 to feature as a guest artist making a live improvised music response to this idea of found poetry. It is envisaged as an extension of the visual and written field into the sonic realm, drawing inspiration from the text, sounds and images of the film, which will be playing on repeat in the exhibition space.
Emma Thomson, Director/Producer