Space Oddity

A DIY Odyssey by Tom Buckland.

Space Oddity

Tom Buckland

Space Oddity

West Gallery, FREE no tickets required

26 November 2021 – 6 February 2022

Live in Concert

Rehearsal Room, $17 per ticket

6pm & 7:30pm, Saturday 5 February 2022

Space Oddity

Somewhere in the mid-nineties, lying on the floor and bathed in blue light from a flickering television, a young Tom Buckland becomes transfixed with science fiction. Many long hours were spent absorbed in these far away fantasy worlds crafting spacesuits and spaceships from toilet rolls, cereal boxes, egg cartons and whatever else could be scavenged. This was the beginning of a lifetime fascination with science fiction, theatre and making. The seminal 1968 science-fiction epic 2001: A Space Odyssey directed by Stanley Kubrick was one such movie that left a deep impression on a young Buckland. It’s a deeply fascinating and mysterious film, a psychedelic mind-bending journey through space and time in which Kubrick redefined the limits of film-making while examining humanity’s relationship to the passage of time, the universe and technology. In a nostalgic reflection on the multitudes of homemade cardboard starships and moon-bases of his youth, a now slightly taller Buckland will attempt to lovingly rebuild, recreate and refilm this iconic movie entirely within the gallery space. Space Oddity is a love letter to science fiction, making and the power of childhood imagination.

At the conclusion of this residency, Buckland will be joined by composer and master of electroacoustic composition, Marlēné Claudine Radice for a live musical performance live screening of the complete DIY Space Oddity movie.

Many thanks to: Thomas Antioch, Nick Doran Adams, Rory Gillen, Jordan Gotts, Ellis Hutch, Micah Kim, Kon Kudo, Marlēné Claudine Radice, Penny Walker-Keefe, Sian Watson and Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

For Dad.

2001: A Space Oddity: Live in Concert

6pm & 7:30pm, Saturday 5 February 2022

At the conclusion of this residency, Buckland will be joined by musician Marlēné Claudine Radice for a live musical performance event. Buckland’s completed DIY version of the film will be screened with an exciting live electronic soundtrack and performance elements.

With its combination of science fiction, existential doom and iconic music compositions there are few films more befitting of live musical accompaniment than 2001: A Space Odyssey. It examines humanity’s relationship to the passage of time, the universe and technology. Throughout December and January artist Tom Buckland will be in residency at Belconnen Arts Centre recreating and re-filming 2001: A Space Odyssey.

About the artist

Tom Buckland is a visual artist who deals in a correspondence of imaginary worlds. With sculpture, performance and video he creates work heavily influenced by his own fascination with science fiction and fantasy, topped off with refined joyful absurdism. He enjoys playing with audience interaction, taking much enjoyment in transporting his audience to other worlds across space and time.

Tom graduated from the Australian National University School of Art with a Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours in 2015 and was the recipient of the John and Elizabeth Baker Honours scholarship and the Canberra Contemporary Art Space graduate award. Buckland has undertaken residencies at Cementa (NSW, 2018, 2021), Fremantle Arts Centre (WA, 2017) and CCAS (ACT, 2016). In 2021, Tom was the recipient of the Sculpture by the Sea Clitheroe foundation emerging artist mentorship award.

His work is held in numerous public and private collections and has been featured in numerous exhibitions internationally and across Australia.

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