Artist. James Batchelor
Organisation. Australian Cultural Foundation
James Bachelor – b. Canberra. Lives and works between Canberra and Melbourne, Australia.
From the human body to the cosmos, Hyperspace inquires into the ways we measure the deep unknowns of our universe. Hyperspace proposes a study of the human body through the prism of cosmology – creating a mapping of the universe within and around it. The interior and exterior landscapes of the body are deconstructed, producing a self-critique of the masculine body and its dominance in space exploration. In Hyperspace, the fleshy material of the body bends, stretches and is reconfigured as alien transmutation, appearing simultaneously colossal and microscopic.
This is the third iteration in a series of works (Deepspace 2017 and Redshift 2017) that have developed from Bachelor’s involvement in a scientific expedition to study sub-Antarctic islands in 2016.
Hyperspace has toured extensively throughout Europe from late 2018 through 2019.
Bachelor’s work is known for its visual clarity, architectural sensitivity to space and rhythmic playfulness. His use of movement in his work is hypnotically focused and detailed, drawing audiences into a contemplative and imaginative realm. Bachelor often works collaboratively creating work that spans across the mediums of dance, film, music and sculpture. His mission as an artist is to make work that inspires curiosity and shifts assumptions to create possibility.
The Keir Foundation is delighted to have assisted with the commissioning and development of this work.