Alasdair Asmussen Doyle
Where I Am Not, #1
In April 2018, Australian Alasdair Asmussen Doyle set out for the point furthest away from his birth place, the antipode (35° 4’ 51.3” N, 41° 8’ 11.5” W).
Remnants of the failed expedition exist in the form of 22 minutes of 16mm film, a logbook, and the waiting place of four photographs.
School of Arts & Humanities
MA Contemporary Art Practice, 2018
Australian artist Alasdair Asmussen Doyle’s practice employs film and documentary strategies within a research-as-practice methodology, to analyse places and their changing nature. Working with anachronistic shooting instruments (such as Bolex 16mm) and ambiguity of location, the artist construct filmic and installation works; compressing and retracting linear narratives of time and place, Doyle explores mankind's inhabitation of the earth and vestiges of animal nature.
Doyle’s concurrent research projects are partly informed by his experience as an Australian inhabiting another island on the other side of the globe. Furthermore they reflect the artist's interest in unorthodox methods of spatial enquiry with the intent of deconstructing histories and spatial knowledge embedded in place. These include 'The Other Island', a series of works centred on discovering and documenting the small colony of Bennett Wallabies that inhabit the Isle of Man, and 'Where I Am Not', an expedition inspired by reaching the point diametrically opposite on the Earth’s surface, where it is not possible to go any further without coming back.
In engaging with early photochemical technology, the artist relates contemporary forms of image production with earlier experiments of the moving image to consider how early filmic representations of the natural world has framed our understanding of ourselves and our place in the world.
- Bachelor of Art and Bachelor of Fine Art, University of Tasmania, 2015; Diploma of Fine Arts and Design, University of Tasmania, 2015
- Editorial Intern, Berlin Art Link, Berlin, 2016; Director and Founder, Electrona 7054 Digital Art Festival, Hobart, 2014; Director and Founder, The Arts Factory, Hobart, 2012-2014
- The Serving Library, Liverpool, 2017; The Other Island, Cité internationale des arts, Paris, 2017; Politickle Action, Studio Riverlight, London, 2017; Something Less, Meat Markets, Melbourne, 2016; Wise Heads, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, 2015
- Tasmanian Portraiture Prize Winner, 2015
- Poles 0°N, 0°S, 2017, 35 pages; Where Contradictions Collide, 2016, 133 pages