The Pile | Sarah Rudledge | BARI Festival
The Pile is a work emerging from two weeks spent studying a mass of dumped rubbish in a Reservoir
shopping centre car park. During this time video, writing, performance and public readings were employed to
contemplate the pile as a living abject body that was in a perpetual state of re-write as things were added
or removed before the area was eventually cleared and fenced off.
By performing the gesture of sitting with the pile, and thereby taking up the position of watcher or invigilator, the artist proposes that there is something worth minding. This simple and seemingly pointless act represents a desire to re-instate value to the post-consumed matter. The sitting is continued at a later date after the rubbish has been removed adding a layer of absurdity as the figure appears isolated but purposeful in the minding of nothing or what was.
The resulting work consists of a four channel video installation and a performance work, Sound Pile, which involves a collective reading of texts developed from time spent observing the site.
Sarah Rudledge is a visual artist based in Melbourne, Australia. She works with observation, video, performance, sound and text to investigate and formulate responses to specific sites. Usually located within familiar urban and outer-urban environments, sites are chosen based on their potential to reveal something hidden or unspoken about the everyday.
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This program is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.