Uploaded on Jun 14, 2007
During the Revolution 1937, circus acrobats were hired to train RAF personnel in the use of the Ayro Wheel. Getty Archives explain "This was not just a piece of fun. The aim was to help airmen learn how to avoid total disorientation when a plane went into spin."
For Dr. Sarah Jane Pell, performing with the "WHEEL" was part of an ongoing series investigating the various principals of training astronauts for human spaceflight - from activities underwater in neutral buoyancy to complex actions to simulation conditions of micro-gravity.
'Revolution' was performed to camera in front a small impromptu audience gathered on Bathers Bay, Fremantle in April 2005. The crew included Adam Burke, David Hocking, and Dr. Kirsten Hudson. The piece was filmed without rehearsal over a two-hour period. It was approaching dusk. The climate was brisk, the water crisp and there was evidence of an electrical storm approaching from Rottnest Island. According to the camera lens, the skyline was a brilliant contrast to the eerie steel waters and my pale flesh. There was urgency and electricity to our playfulness. The meteorological conditions were, in hindsight, a perfect ontological metaphor. Revolution documents a new kind of water-wheel engagement.
For more information about the artist Dr. Sarah Jane Pell see. http://www.sarahjanepell.com
EXPOSITION HISTORY of Revolution, 2005
Boom! International Australian-Taiwan New Media Arts Festival, Teipei Taiwan 2007
Freedman Awards, Stepps Gallery, Sydney Australia 2006
Hatched, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth Australia 2006
Walking with Water, Western Australian Maritime Museum, Fremantle Australia 2005