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Process diary

Marcus James

Sydney Boys High School

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Syncretism: 'The combining of different, often seemingly contradictory beliefs, while melding practices of various schools of thought.’

Syncretism documents a performance exploring the role of technology through dualities of old and new, man and woman, East and West. I was inspired by my Japanese heritage, Japan’s ultra-conservative values within an ultra-modern society, and Stelarc’s take on technology as ‘an evolutionary energizer’. Fiona Hall’s use of recontextualised materials particularly resonated with me and informed my practice, from handcrafting my costume out of cables and computer detritus to adhering to Kabuki traditions in choreographing my performance.

Influencing artists: Stelarc, Shaun Gladwell, David Altmejd, Yayoi Kusama, Fiona Hall

Marcus James, 'Syncretism' (3:01)

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What is the role of peformance in the creation of Syncretism by Marcus James and Woolloomooloo Night by Shaun Gladwell? What contribution does the medium of film and video make to the success of each work?

Choose three artists with diverse art practices and cultural backgrounds. Create a series of works that show the influence works of your own as well as your own unique style.