The Trespass of Her Gesture

Anneke Pettican (Artist), Spencer Roberts (Artist)

Research output: Non-textual formArtefact


The trespass of her gesture’ revolves around comings and goings of various kinds. Reciprocal relationships between artist, audience, chance and text converge in a loosely choreographed dance. The key protagonists in this dance are a virtual graffiti artist and her evolving text. Their partnership is complex and it is unclear which of them takes the lead. Embodied by multiple networked projections, the virtual graffiti artist sprays a series of messages onto a large-scale public surface. The messages are presented in a random order and the duration of the performance is open-ended. The message content is site specific and the writing decays subtly over time. Though it begins as a tabula-rasa, the space is slowly transformed into a complex electronic palimpsest. Eventually, as if through a process of forgetting, it returns to its original state. Linguistic tensions are created throughout by chance collisions in the layering of the text and the fragmentation of each messages structure. Both the projected artist and her writing can vary in size. Manipulations of scale in terms of pattern and gesture are key factors in relation to her performance. The graffiti artist attempts to keep her practise covert. If approached she vanishes, only to reappear elsewhere within the networked space. The medium of projection may sit uncomfortably with many conceptions of graffiti. In spite of this the messages both disrupt and can be disrupted by the flow of people within the space
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputInstallation
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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