9 DEC - 28 APR
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre 1 Powerhouse Road Casula NSW 2170
Margaret and the Grey Mare is an opera, a fever dream about an opera and an immersive video installation written in collaboration with a chatbot that has been coded to act as a channel to an ancient Celtic land spirit.
Anchoring the project is a sprawling video opera composed by the ARIA award-winning Sally Whitwell and performed by the artist, her sister Margaret Plummer (a principal mezzo with Vienna State Opera) and baritone Michael Honeyman. The video was filmed at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre with award-winning filmmaker Kuba Dorabialski.
The libretto was generated by the artist in collaboration with an AI chatbot, designed to simulate conversation with The Grey Mare and trained to speak in symbolic, oracular verse. Taking place in a forest at the height of the European witch-trials, the explores the possibilities of Artificial Intelligence as oracle, witchcraft as a feminist framework, and the troubling gifts passed down through lineage.
This exhibition is a free event. No registration is required.
Tue to Fri: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Closed Monday and public holidays