Title: from Susie
Mixed media projection performance and film
Music by Njo Kong Kie
Performed for the 2013 Site-Specific Biennale, 2013
Short artist statement:
Responding to the context of Plettenberg Bay, Marcus Neustetter was struck by the oceans horizon, the moments where the life beneath this line is revealed by dolphins and whales and how this creates mystery and wonder about the imaginary world beneath. In conversation with Cornelius, a local fisherman who fishes on the rocks outside the The Beacon Isle Hotel for the last 38 years, Neustetter was presented with personal reflections and experiences of the place and the ocean.
Cornelius and his fellow fishermen call the ocean Susie. At the end of the informal interviews, he was given a small fish. Making sense of the stories, the mysteries and this gift Neustetter explored his questions about the ocean and what lies beneath through drawing, film and sound. The creative process culminated in a live mixing as a large scale projection from the site where Cornelius fishes onto the Beacon Ilse hotel facade that stands like an observatory at the oceans edge. The voice of Cornelius, underwater soundscapes and the music of composer Njo Kong Kie created a 15 minute audio journey to which the artist manipulated his documentation of the surrounds, the video of the fisherman, microscopic studies of the fish and personal drawings which he produced live during the performance. The performance and the original footage is packaged as an artist film titled from Susie.
Marcus Neustetter’s performance Erosion asks questions about contemporary and consumerist popular culture in public space. Working with imported glow-sticks from China that only have a functional life-span of a few hours, Neustetter invades public spaces, drawing attention to conceptually relevant sites and unexpected audiences. Drawings with light and working with a team of performers to sweep (with amplified sound) through streets, parks and squares at night, Neustetter explores popular and cultural spaces as well as buildings and urban details that capture his attention. The result is a documented journey bringing light and temporary articulation to these spaces.
Commissioned by the Infesting the City Festival 2013
ASAMAAN Festival of Music and Astronomy realized its first edition on Gorée Island in Dakar, Senegal, 19 April 2013. The festival presented a site-specific intervention at the Monument of Gorée integrating art, science, and technology via a public astronomical observatory, concerts by international musicians and video art / VJing. Marcus Neustetter’s video contributions included Space Drawing I – Man Ray, 2012.
Oudtshoorn Trace is a collaborative land art and performance project by Marcus Neustetter and Bronwyn Lace. It was commissioned by ABSA KKNK in April 2009 as part of the larger KKNK festival. In their collaboration, Neustetter and Lace combined their interests in projects that address exploring space, public interaction, performance, installation and land art as well as experimentation with materials.
Bringing in 2009’s International year of Astronomy together with the South African Astronomical Observatory in Sutherland, artists Bronwyn Lace and Marcus Neustetter
launched their project with experimental interventions during the night of New Year’s Eve 2008.
These interventions on the evening of 31st December were a precursor for the following two weeks of activities that resulted in a land-art and kite flying spectacle up to and on the 14th January 2009.