One giant leap for space art

Tuesday, 2nd October, 2012

Visiting artist and “intergalactic traveller” Adam Norton surveys some of the city’s bizarre terrain. Visiting artist and “intergalactic traveller” Adam Norton surveys some of the city’s bizarre terrain.

By Darrin Manuel

In order to recreate an alien planet, visiting artist Adam Norton needed a unique location with some of the strangest landscapes on earth.

Broken Hill and its surrounds have provided the perfect backdrop for Mr Norton's project which aims to view the outback through the eyes of a space traveller and present the region as a "Mars analogue landscape."

Mr Norton has travelled to Silverton, Red Cliffs, Tibooburra, White Cliffs and a variety of other locations over the last two weeks, filming himself in his homemade space suit against some of the outback's lurid landscapes.

Mr Norton has travelled to Silverton, Red Cliffs, Tibooburra, White Cliffs and a variety of other locations over the last two weeks, filming himself
in his homemade space suit against some of the outback's lurid landscapes.

"I've just got myself in front of the orange and red sand, black rocks, and sort of running at a slow pace as if I'm on another planet - exploring
another world.

"And it's been surprisingly easy to do.

Some of the best landscapes I've found have been right here in Broken Hill... it actually looks as if I've landed on another planet.

"Things that look familiar to locals can look completely different through the eyes of a stranger.

"I'll take all the footage back to my studio in Sydney and edit it down to give the surreal view of interplanetary exploration."

Mr Norton was in the city as the Regional Art Gallery's artist in residence.

His work has been exhibited in Australia, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the United States, and is housed in public and private collections in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Mr Norton aims to explore the effects of technology on the human condition, how technology has altered our physical landscape, and also how those changes have affected human behaviour.

The result of his local work will be showcased at the Regional Art Gallery in October next year.

The Artist and Curator in Residence Grant Program is supported by the Copyright Agency Limited's Cultural Fund and is managed by Museums and Galleries NSW.