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by David Pledger

Year: 2001-2010, 105 mins
Code: NY-Urban
ISBN: 978-1-922007-16-2

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urbunsuburban features a selection of works on video and film by David Pledger made in five instalments from 2001 to 2010: Scenes of the Beginning from the End (2001), Eavesdrop (with Jeffrey Shaw) (2004), Walk-In Drive-In/Dusk Till Dawn (with Callum Morton) (2006), The Meaning of Moorabbin is Open for Inspection (2008) and Hoist (2010). They were made as a part of or constitute the whole material for these projects which were variously described at the time of distribution as: live performance, interactive cinematic artwork, visual art, site-specific installation or screen and object-based public art.

The edition looks at the influence and relationship of the Australian Landscape on the psyche of its inhabitants. It charts a journey from the desert through the city to its inevitable conclusion in the suburbs, the subject which most of the films explore. The suburbs mark out a number of cultural and imaginary frontier spaces. Concepts of civilisation, survival, border, race, fear are all deeply rooted in the evolving space that is the suburbs. Even as the outer becomes the middle, the history of once being at the edge is retained in the architecture, the town planning and the concept of community. It is why the suburbs, and its relationship to the city and the desert, remain such a vital, contestable siteof investigation for Australian artists..

The films have been re-mastered, re-framed or include new elements such as a new composition by seminal sound artist Ulf Langheinrich (Granular Synthesis) for The Road To Moorabbin. There are also two new works: The Box Set and Oakleigh Skyline. Other key features include interactive navigation by Greg Ferris and Artist’s Notes on each film.

1 The Road To Moorabbin (2001)
2 Pattern Recognition (2004)

1 Citywatch (2001)
2 Boom! (2004)


The Midnight Movie Marathon
1 Dusk Till Dawn Re-Mastered (2006)
2 Oakleigh Skyline (2012)

Scott and Charlene’s Big Adventure
1 (not) the next door neighbours (2001)
2 Shimmer (2004)
3 Erinsborough Rules (2008)
4 The Box Set (2012)

What I’m Really Thinking
1 Charlene’s Garage (2004)
2 Scott’s Brick Veneer (2004)

Bray Court
1 1 Bray Court Single Frame (2008)
2 4/1 Bray Court Quad (2008)

NYID Entry Working under the artistic direction of David Pledger, not yet it's difficult (NYID) is one of Australia's leading independent arts companies recognised as as a pioneer in the development of contemporary theatre, art form hybridisation, creative utilisation of new media, cross-cultural dialogue and new models of international collaboration.

Over the long term, the company has developed seminal dramaturgical strategies for applying a unique methodological approach to the research, development and making of physical performance. From the mid-1990s, the company led the way in the integration of media in live performance and, in its most recent phase, it has created screen-based visual art projects in which a performative element is integrated into the artwork through lo and hi-tech, and interactive modes of presentation. These development streams are not mutually exclusive. They flow in parallel and often intersect causing change and evolution, developing an oeuvre that is distinctive, innovative and adventurous. This dedicated approach has placed NYID at the forefront of experimental companies in the independent international arts scene.

In Australia, NYID have led the challenge to mainstream representations of culture in society and forged Asian-Australian engagements where they have originated workable systems for complex international artistic collaborations. The consistent and profound engagement with Asia features projects of exchange, collaboration and co-production in Korea, China, Japan and Malaysia. The company has also developed and/or presented work in Germany, Austria, Denmark, Slovenia, Hawaii, Brazil, England and Ireland.

Founded in 1995 by Pledger, Peter Eckersall and Paul Jackson, NYID have produced almost 50 local, national and international projects including original performance works, plays, public space projects, workshop and research programs, interactive cinema, television and site-specific screen-based installations.

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