See Hamilton’s accompanying presentation for The Moving Museum Istanbul, including the works ‘Ikea Roof Terrace’, ‘Variable Capacity’, ‘Temporary Lease’, ‘Drape 1’, ‘Regular Division,’ all 2014.
In the series ‘Indirect Flights’ Joe Hamilton uses photographic material he shot while travelling in Europe, Asia and the Middle East to create digital compositions that take print, sculpture, video and an online forms. The website ‘Indirect Flights’, 2014 is a layered digital topography that one can pan across in a manner similar to Google Maps. It’s landscape is composed of ‘raw materials, satellite images, organic textures, brush strokes and architectural fragments.’ Parallax scrolling, by which layers move at differing speeds, gives an illusion of depth, revealing and concealing each layer. Similarly the soundscape changes as one navigates across the imagery, varying from cacophonous to serene.
‘Indirect Flights’ soundscape was created by producer J.G. Biberkopf, with whom the artist has collaborated on a number of projects; most recently Hamilton created the album art for Biberkopf’s album ‘Ecologies’. The producer describes his work as audio theatre, capturing ‘urban monuments and relics’ and appropriating the ‘sound detritus of the digital’. Field recordings of wind, aeroplanes passing by, thunder, footsteps, and the aeroplane chimes share space with manipulated digital samples; electronic static, beeps, ticks and creaks. Combining found and recorded material with digital editing and production techniques, ‘Indirect Flights’ audiovisual bricolage forms a hyperreal online geography.
‘Indirect Flights’, 2015 was one of four commissions launched on The Moving Museum Online following the The Moving Museum Istanbul. The Moving Museum website was designed by Jeremy Bailey with Joe Hamilton, Harm van den Dorpel, and Jonas Lund.
Joe Hamilton (b. 1982, Devonport) is an artist living and working in Melbourne. He received his MA in Art in Public Space from RMIT, Melbourne and his BFA from University of Tasmania, Hobart. Selected solo exhibitions include Blue Oyster, Dunedin, 2015; Fort Delta, Melbourne, 2014. Recent group shows include The Lowry, UK; New Museum, New York; Carriageworks, Sydney; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany; LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón; Galerie Eva Meyer, 2015; The Austrian Film Museum & Palais des Beaux Arts, Vienna, 2014; The Old Bowery Station, New York; 55th Venice Biennale in Venice, 2013; Machine Project, Los Angeles, 2012; Museum für Gegenwartkunst, Basel; 2012.