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Illumini Event 2012 Illumini will take you on a journey of Victorian hauntings, explore the dark side of a city long forgotten. Take torch light tours beneath the haunted streets of the city





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Category: Visual Artists/ VJ Artist
Location: London
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R ose Staff is a media visual artist, VJ and graphic designer. Her practice explores the realms of digital video, photo animation, illustration, print media and temporal installations. Through experimental hybrids of traditional and digital art forms, she explores how contemporary phenomena such as communication technologies and audio-visual space influence our perception of the modern world.

She studied the first of her formal training in at Southern Cross University in Lismore completing a BA in Visual Arts (Fine Arts) in 2004. She then went on to complete a BA in Visual Media (Digital Design) at QCA in 2007. In 2009 She has been awarded two emerging visual artist grants; one which was to undertake a mentorship with international digital artist Steven Danzig under the Young Artist Mentor Program (YAMP), the other to co-ordinate a group of artists and create a multimedia a/v display for the D'Alliance Fringe Festival held on the Gold Coast.

She has exhibited work in both solo and group shows along the east coast of Australia, in 2010 holding a residency at the Family nightclub in Fortitude Valley. In 2011 she performed internationally at AV playground in Austria, Transylvania Calling in Romania, Sonica Dance Festival in Montenegro and the Elixir of Life events held in London.


Memento Mori
"All animals take action to avoid their own death. Humans share this instinct to survive with all animals, yet humans are the only animals to understand the inevitability of death and that we cannot escape it. Human beings can also imagine a world where they are no longer alive."    - Nigel Spivey

Death is recognised as a universal human experience that effects everyone regardless of race, gender or class. It is a reminder that our time on this planet is only fleeting and is an inevitable event that we cannot escape. Its representation in art also tells alot about the culture and beliefs of the society that the work was made in. Despite a breakdown of traditional religious notions in contemporary western society there still persists a desire to visualise the end. In this piece I am interested in exploring the concept of death as it becomes a way in which I can confront the understanding of my own mortality.

Memento Mori   was produced using digital photography as its primary medium, a processes that lends itself easily to the creation of manipulated images. The aspect of death I am exploring in this body of work is an intangible concept, a questioning of what happens at the point of transition, rather than a recording of the physical process of dyeing. I have departed from using photography as a tool without any hold on truth and un-biased representation.

The images are overlayed and collaged together in order to explore death with a photomontage aesthetic. This process uses manipulated photography to create constructed environments, taking elements from Eastern and Western religious traditions, taxidermy, illustrations and photographs of the natural environment to create new meaning from their composition and arrangement around a central portraiture figure. The photomontage aesthetic in my work allows for fragmented representations that reference many religious systems depicting death and the afterlife. I have used this technique to visually combine structured religious beliefs with personal interpretations and experience.

The process of using photography to question the knowledge of my own death and its inevitability has wider relevance to the genre then my own subjective processing. The act of photographing an event or moment in time has the effect of immortalising it, and giving the singular moment more importance then it would have otherwise had. As Roland Barthes wrote in Camera Lucida   "death, in a society, must necessarily be somewhere; if it isn't any longer - or less so - in religions, it must be elsewhere: perhaps in the image which produces Death while wanting to conserve life."   Photography has become a way we remember our deceased ancestors and aspects of the self that have passed away in the transition of life.


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Above images copyright of Rose Staff 2012