Peltz Explains “when we dig, things come up”
As a part of the spaced 2: future recall series of Perth based activities Daniel Peltz (Associate Professor, Film/Animation/Video) will host an artist talk, discussing his project “when we dig, things come up,” on Friday 12th July, 6pm at thespacedHUB, 181A Lord Street, Perth, Australia.
Contemporary artist Daniel Peltz, based in the U.S. and Sweden, has taken up residence in the Western Australian mining community of Tom Price, developing a project for spaced 2: future recall, a recurring international event of socially engaged art. During his time in the iron ore mining town Peltz will explore the history of Tom Price, the man, the mountain and the mine. Peltz will develop a series of narrative fragments, culled from dreams and extended meditations, workshops with young people, local archival research, observations, conversations and accidental encounters with local residents and landscapes.
The outcome of Peltz’ project “when we dig, things come up,” tentatively involves importing a Chinese opera company to the iron ore mining town to stage a Cantonese opera exploring the complex tale of Tom Price’s contemporary and historical connections to the U.S and China.
Through his public projects and media installations Daniel Peltz explores social systems, attempting to provoke ruptures in the socio/cultural fabric through which new ways of being may emerge and be considered. To accomplish these goals, he uses a range of intervention, ethnographic and performance strategies. Peltz’s projects often adopt existing social systems (instant messaging protocols, karaoke bars, political campaigns, parking regulations) to directly engage non-art audiences in the language of critical art practice.