The Second Longest Night at the NFSA
18 August 2012, 6pm
Free, bookings (02) 6248 2000
Aurora Passage: Artist’s talk – Douglas Quin in Conversation
Total running time 45 mins approx.
Sound artist and NFSA SAR Fellow Douglas Quin talks about his new work Aurora Passage (presented at 7.30pm) and his ongoing investigation of the Antarctica aural and radiophonic space. FREE session, bookings essential.
Total running time 90 mins. approx.
In the final of a series of live media events to mark our Extreme Film and Sound Exhibition, sound designer and film score composer Douglas Quin returns as a new NFSA SAR Fellow and to create a new work based on Australia’s Antarctic exploration heritage. Aurora Passage is a multimedia composition for piano, narrator, soundscape recordings and archival imagery, based on the diaries of Bert Lincoln who was an Able Bodied (A.B.) seaman on the SY Aurora. In the Austral summer of 1912-1913, the Aurora and her crew sailed from Hobart to provide relief and resupply for Douglas Mawson and the Australasian Antarctic Expedition. Lincoln’s account of the transit across the Furious Fifties and Screaming Sixties paints a vivid and compelling picture of the day-to-day operations of sailing and steaming under very difficult and trying conditions. Performers include pianist Arnan Wiesel and narrator Vincent Plush. Special ticket prices apply.