Worldhood – an interview with Thom Buchanan

Presented by the Australian Dance Theatre, TAFE SA Adelaide College of the Arts and Adelaide Festival Centre.

After an extensive European tour, world-renowned Australian Dance Theatre returns home to the Adelaide stage with the world premiere of its new work, Worldhood, by Garry Stewart featuring visual artist, Thom Buchanan, with TAFE SA Adelaide College of the Arts, 7pm nightly from 10th to 13th August at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

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Thom Buchanan speaks to Glam Adelaide’s Barry Lenny about his involvement with this innovative work.

Tell us a bit a bit about Thom Buchanan and your artistic journey so far.

I'm an Australian painter/drawer residing in Adelaide, South Australia.

In 2010 I graduated from the South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia, with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours)

I am currently developing new works in oils, charcoal and producing moving images. My practice is based in Adelaide, with a strong influence on the built environment.

I have been exhibited at a number of galleries within Adelaide, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, New South Wales and Darwin.

I have lectured drawing workshops in SA and Victoria from 2005 to 2010.

In 2002 I was the winning painting for the ‘Eden Valley Riesling’ label for Peter Lehmann wines 2002.

In 2007 I was a finalist for the Metro 5 gallery painting award, The Advertiser 2007 Contemporary Art Awards and The 2007 Stan + Maureen Duke Art Prize QLD in the Gold Coast Art Gallery.

In 2009 I was a finalist in Prometheus Art Award QLD, City of Whyalla Art Prize 2009 SA and the Williamstown Contemporary Art Prize VIC.

In 2010 won the people choice award for the 2010 Sunshine Coast Art Prize ’10 finalist, QLD and was a finalist in The 2010 Stan + Maureen Duke Art Prize QLD in the Gold Coast Art Gallery.

For the last ten years I have also been drawing/painting live with electronic sound artists, DJs and bands around Australia and trying to find the fusion point between these two amazing art forms.

Tell us how the idea of collaborating with Garry Stewart and ADT came about.

Garry wanted to work with a visual artist and we wanted to explore the nexus between live drawing and dance as a way of communicating a synthesis between mark making and the gestural nature of movement relationship to the dances.

What are some of the challenges that you have faced as a live visual artist, while working with dancers of ADT and TAFE SA AC Arts dancers?

I take this challenge head on, because the project is about process for me and, as an artist, this will be the driving force behind my practice. I’m fascinated with drawing and time based activity to match the dancer's choreography. The archaeological quality of drawing, densely layered with strata of decisions and marks suggest that, for me, time is as much a material in my work as the paper and charcoal.

Can you share some thoughts on the up and coming dance performance, Worldhood, and what we can expect?

I think the connection through these drawings are held in a constant state of flux, erased and reworked until the last moment. I will be creating expansive and energetic drawings on a monumental scale. Dynamic and subject to change, the drawing allows the audience to experience moment by moment the thousands of visual decisions that are distilled in the drawing. The duality of this performance is the relationship between dance, music and art. Audiences should prepared to be intrigued and amazed.

Is there any other interesting information about your upcoming involvement with Worldhood that you would like to share?

It has been a sensational experience to work on this project and to see how much work and passion goes on behind the scenes to make something like this happen.

Article edited by Glam Adelaide Arts Editor, Barry Lenny.

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