Video Design / Performance
Rumour has it that the American inventor Samuel Morse said that he
had overcome the ‘tyranny of distance’ when asked to appraise
his invention of the telegraph and Morse Code and the revolutionary
effect it had on communication in America in the mid 19th century.
However, most Australians would be more familiar with the phrase,
the tyranny of distance, as used by historian Geoffrey Blainey in
1966 to explain how Australia’s geographical isolation contributed
to our economic and social development and the title of my piece came
from reading this book as a young history student.
It is now the 21st century (2009 as I write this) and distance no
longer has the same repressive connotations that it did in Morse’s
time (1830s-40s) or even in the mid 1960s. Our technological and travel
advances mean that we can overcome distance easily: an e-mail with
video, a mobile phone call from most parts of the world or a trip
to anywhere by car or plane in hours!
My Tyranny of Distance is a work of many resonances but is essentially
an expression of two parallel journeys, of an individual and a ‘land’.
It is a philosophical journey that engages with our mortality and
our submission to life. It is an optimistic and positive journey from
‘dissonance to consonance’, from uncertainty to acceptance