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Across the Nile



Ian Burns

Australia, United States of America

1964 –

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  • Details

    Media categories
    Sculpture , Time-based art
    Materials used
    found object sculpture producing live video and audio
    135.0 x 180.0 x 150.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of Christopher Hodges and Helen Eager 2016. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Ian Burns
    Artist information
    Ian Burns

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Ian Burns's sculptural-video work 'Across the Nile' 2008 addresses production and consumption and screen culture in our postmodern world. Burns's 'Across the Nile' is a kinetic assemblage of everyday items and technology that have been sourced from building supplies and homeware shops. Burns's irreverent re-contextualisation considers aesthetic and cultural values upheld by both artist and viewer in an amusing and playful manner. Amongst the heap, a computer monitor displays an animated video of pyramids in the desert which has been autogenously produced by the work 'filming itself' with a camera. Jonathan T.D. Neil has commented on the exploration of simulation and representation in Burns's practice which blurs distinctions between concepts and media: 'mimesis arises as an emergent property of Burns's art, an ontological reality that is separate and distinct from any part of the apparatus itself' [1].

    1. Jonathan T.D. Neil. 'Future greats', Art Review, March 2008, p 92

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

    • Peter Hill and Stephen Bush, Art World (issue 5), 'The 2008 Melbourne Art Fair', pg. 182, Sydney, Oct 2008-Nov 2008, 182 (colour illus.).

    • Ross Woodrow., Ian Burns: It's all good, 'Aesthetics from the Greek temple to Freddy's Fishing World', Brisbane, 2008, not paginated.

Other works by Ian Burns

See all 11 works