Thank You For Holding is a new single-channel video installation from Blake Prize winning artist Tina Havelock Stevens.
Tina Havelock Stevens drums on a raised platform – a raft drawn from pillar to post by her co-performer, Ivey Wawn. Adrift on land, the two performers navigate the rhythms of uncertainty and the chaos of loss and change.
Tina Havelock Stevens conceived Thank You for Holding amidst the relentless tides of anxiety that characterised 2020. Performed in The Clothing Store at Carriageworks last August, her work frames this moment through a filter of timelessness, uncertainty, and hope. As audiences disperse and disassemble for collective safety in a pandemic, the band plays on, solo.
Improvised and urgent, her drumming score reverberates off the architecture, creating a sonic sense of place. Presented as a non-linear performance video, it asserts the extremities of the present as she tunes into the frequencies of time. Reflecting on the power and precarity of human existence, her drumming is a ritual action that ebbs and flows as much as a river, as much as life itself.
Tina Havelock Stevens explores the ambiguities of human nature predominantly through film, performance and installation. Responding to personal narratives, the artist’s work speaks to fragility and survival by drawing connections between historically loaded sites and emotional spaces.
Curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham
Wed–Sun from 10am to 7pm
Entrance to Carriageworks is via an access ramp leading to the main entrance which is located at street level at 245 Wilson St. Accessible parking is available at the end of Carriageworks Way with entry via 229 Wilson Street. The Carriageworks car park also includes four mobility parking spaces.
Service animals are welcome at Carriageworks.
Face masks are mandatory at all Sydney Festival events for all patrons 13 years and older, in line with NSW Government regulations. A face mask is required at all times while inside foyers, theatres and outdoor venues, including during performances. Children 12 and under are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable.
Producer, Artist, Performer Tina Havelock Stevens
Co-performer Ivey Wawn
Co-Director, Director of Photography Jackie Wolf
Editor Kathy Drayton
Sound Mix Bob Scott
Sound Recordist Matt Syres
Artist Assistant Anny Mokotow
Camera Assistant, Stills Bronwyn Rennex
Colourist Dwaine Hyde
Thank You to Glenn Thompson.
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