Portholes

Artists: 
The Buchan Group: Bruce Hart (Australia) / Patrick Shirley (Australia) / Gary Edmonds (Australia) /
Anthony Rawson (Australia)

Collaborators:
Precision Engineering & Manufacturing:
 Shahil Maharaj (Australia) 
The Propaganda Mill: Daniel Thomas (Australia) 

Portholes captures the viewing experience of explorers as they peer through the windows of their ‘capsule’, to marvel at the furthest reaches of the Earth – and beyond… 

For centuries humankind has sought to explore the Earth's environment. From the ocean depths of the Mariana Trench, to the planetary orbits of NASA’s space program, humans have looked through portholes to marvel at the previously unknown.

This installation creates the illusion of seeing various environments through circular apertures that seem to penetrate a structural façade. With projected imagery that aligns precisely with clusters of mounted portholes, the observer experiences a view into the immense void ‘behind’ the wall.

At any moment, the porthole structures could reveal an aquatic scene, or a stellar one; a vast landscape, or one viewed from the scale of an insect. Representations and abstractions of worlds appear, shifting in colour, light, nature and culture.

Country represented by installation: Australia