The Global Dust Project is an artwork that explores the material and poetic possibilities of dust. It is a shape-shifting work that evolves and devolves as it travels around the world. In each location; dust is gathered, an installation is made, a performance takes place, and documentation is created and displayed. At the end of each exhibition the dust and documentation are incorporated into the work for the next location. Prior to the Kings ARI, it will have traveled from Norway to the USA to India and afterwards will return to the USA followed by Morocco, Australia, France, Hong Kong and Japan.
Central to the project is the use of dust: as a material that is im/material and form/less; as a metaphor for the transitory nature of all things; and as a model for the structure of the project that mimics the constantly accumulative and dispersive behaviour of dust. This progressive cycle reflects the protean nature of dust – migratory, airborne, coming to rest, scattering and leaving particles behind, collecting and incorporating particles, being acted upon, dividing and reforming.
Hannah Bertram completed a Bachelor of Art in 2003 and a Masters of Fine Art in 2005 at RMIT. She is currently a PhD candidate at VCA University of Melbourne, and lectures in the Creative Arts degree at Deakin University. She has exhibited throughout Australia, the US and will have her first major solo show in Europe at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris in 2015.