Emma Christina Lucia Rochester Ph.D.

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Emma Christina Lucia Rochester. Floating in Place Drawing for Performance One 2011. Digital Image.

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Emma Rochester. Floating in Place Drawing for Performance Two 2011. Digital Image.

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Emma Rochester. Floating in Place Drawing for Performance Three 2011. Digital Image.

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Emma Rochester. Floating in Place Drawing for Performance Four 2011. Digital Image.

Floating in Place’ is a series of four performance walks with four respective drawn corsets by Emma Rochester that, document the movement of what it feels like to float in place / walk on a public berths (floating pontoon). This sequential inter-arts performance work explores notions of suspension, floating, and walking above water.

Charting Waterfront City Marina's 31 public berths for Naarm, the City of Melbourne Emma Rochester set about to capture the feel, of what it was like to walk suspended above water. She addresses, how a place can shift and change almost immediately when directly influenced by an external fluid environment. Being able to chart nuances of change, flow and movement relating to current, wind changes, tides, sea movements and the impact as something as simple as an oar shifting the water as rowers pass by is inherent in the work.

The project was divided into four stages; public informal performances where Emma Rochester recorded her walks on the pontoons, the design and creation of the corsets, public performances where she wears her drawings for a public walking art performance.

Funded through a City of Melbourne Art Grant.

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