Underwater video art featuring South Australian marine life

Being a documentary filmmaker and public interest researcher is hard, slow and often thankless work. Investigations take time and energy, the process can be intellectually taxing and any rewards may take many years to crystallise. Fortunately, I’ve kept one foot in the camp of the practising artist, and this year I’ve focussed on producing and sharing new nature-based video works.

During 2017, I’ve made seven new works featuring South Australian marine life for exhibition in public art galleries and at special events. This blog post gives an overview of these works. All but one were shot this year.

Collectively, they are intended to present some of nature’s less familiar wonders to the wider public and make the underwater world accessible outside of the tiny community of snorkelers and divers that explore SA’s temperate waters. Each is suitable for presentation in a “play once” manner or as looping installations.

Port Jackson Sharks

 

This video captures a previously undocumented aggregation of Port Jackson sharks on rocky reef north of the Port Noarlunga jetty. It runs for approximately 2 minutes and 15 seconds and premiered at the Friends of Gulf St Vincent’s event: “The wonderful world of sharks and rays… and why they need our help” on November 19, 2017.

Southern Fiddler Rays

 

This video captured the casual grace of Southern fiddler rays, cruising and resting near the jetty at Port Broughton, South Australia. It premiered at the Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, where it was projected in a dedicated video theatrette.

Giant Australian Cuttlefish

 

This video was recorded during the annual giant Australian cuttlefish aggregation back in the winter of 2009. It is a one-shot film that show interactions between cuttlefish as males compete for the attention of a female, hidden beneath a ledge on the rocky reef between Whyalla and Point Lowly. The video runs for approximately 5 minutes.

Anemone Bloom

 

Anemone bloom captures the bizarre phenomenon of biofluorescence. This occurs in some living organisms, when they are subjected to blue-ultraviolet light. The resulting colours can be very intense, as the contrast between the anemones and the algae beside them shows. It was shown at Gallery 1855 in Tea Tree Gully as part of the group exhibition “Bloom”.

The Anemone’s Garden

This experiment in blue-ultraviolet light and biofluoresce peers into a tiny crack between two rocks underwater in the Port River estuary, at Garden Island, South Australia. Anemones are a constant, but cameo appearances feature two crustaceans and several sea slugs. It was shown during the exhibition Neon Revival at Gallery Yampu in August 2017.

The Mangrove Jellyfish

 

The Mangrove Jellyfish is a simple study of Cassiopea ndrosia, the Mangrove Jellyfish. It occasionally blooms in the Port River, and this piece shows a larger speimen, pulsing on the mucky seabed in its feeding position. It was shown at Gallery Yampu during the Adelaide Fringe in March 2017.

Sea Anemone

This simple one-shot film shows a sea anemone feeding. It was filmed near the Garden Island fishing jetty and was shown at Gallery Yampu during Adelaide Fringe in March 2017.

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SA Government Cabinet papers released under the Freedom of Information Act 1991 – Overseas Travel

Ministers and senior public servants in South Australia travel during their course of their work, at times making overseas delegations to other countries. These are intended to assist them in shaping public policy, developing and maintaining opportunities for commercial trade and public sector cooperation.

The list below contains a series of South Australian Cabinet documents providing rationales and details about proposed overseas delegations to be made by Ministers of the Government of South Australia during the years 2004 through 2006. Such documents become available 10 years after their creation, and can then be formally requested from the Department of the Premier & Cabinet, here.

The documents were released following requests lodged under the Freedom of Information Act 1991 and are free to download and reproduce. This list is not exhaustive, and will be extended as additional requests are fulfilled.

Click on the destination to view or download the corresponding document in .PDF format.

Date Minister Destination
06/09/04 Paul Holloway Malaysia
13/12/04 John Hill UK, France, Germany & Spain
13/12/04 Paul Holloway USA
14/02/05 Paul Holloway USA & Canada
07/04/05 Kevin Foley USA (Northrop Grumman)
18/04/05 Kevin Foley USA (Northrop Grumman)
26/04/05 Paul Holloway China,
Japan & Hong Kong
02/05/05 Paul Holloway China,
Japan & Hong Kong
02/05/05 Mike Rann USA & UK
14/06/05 Mike Rann USA
04/07/05 Rory McEwen Japan
22/08/05 Paul Holloway India, United Arab Emirates
19/09/05 Mike Rann India
10/10/05 Jane Lomax-Smith Malaysia (Malaysia Airlines)
28/03/06 John Hill New Zealand
28/03/06 Mike Rann USA & Canada
08/05/06 Mike Rann UK & France
19/06/06 Carmel Zollo UK, Sweden & Italy
19/06/06 Patrick Conlon UK
03/07/06 Paul Holloway UK, Canada & USA
03/07/06 Rory McEwen China, Canada & USA
07/08/06 Patrick Conlon USA & UK
28/08/06 Karlene Maywald Japan
25/09/06 Kevin Foley USA (Defence industry)
09/10/06 Mike Rann India
23/10/06 Paul Holloway China
26/10/06 Paul Holloway China
30/10/06 Kevin Foley Japan (Mitsubishi)
13/11/06 Kevin Foley Spain, Bahrain & United Arab Emirates
11/12/06 Patrick Conlon United Arab Emirates (DP World)

UPDATE LOG:

  • 26 September 2017 – List first published.
  • 15 October 2017 – Seven new documents added.
  • 28 October 2017 – Two new documents added (Lomax-Smith & Hill).
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SA Government Cabinet papers released under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act 1991 – Oil & Gas

Santos gas fractionation plat at Port Bonython, South Australia (2011)
Santos gas fractionation plant at Port Bonython, South Australia (2011)

The following documents have been released by the Government of South Australia following Freedom of Information requests lodged by me personally during the years 2015-2017. The requests were fulfilled with no fees payable, thanks to Premier Jay Weatherill’s pro-active disclosure policy, introduced in 2013.

This is the first of a planned series of bulk document releases spanning a range of topics. They were obtained lawfully, following an extensive series of requests made under South Australia’s Freedom of Information Act 1991. All documents are fully searchable, less than 2MB in size and are free to download and share.

I am providing them here for the benefit of anyone interested in studying the history of the oil and gas industry and relevant policy and legislation in South Australia.

Click on the underlined document title to download the corresponding cabinet document.

Date SA Cabinet document
1989-06-26 Review of Cooper Basin Royalties
1989-07-03 Review of Cooper Basin Royalties
1990-07-30 Petrochemical industry at Port Bonython
1990-12-16 Cooper Basin Royalties
1991-03-04 Cooper Basin Royalties
1991-08-19 Mini Oil Refinery at Port Bonython
1996-11-11 Review of Cooper Basin (Ratification) Act 1975
1997-11-24 Review of Cooper Basin (Ratification) Act 1975
1998-01-05 Review of Cooper Basin (Ratification) Act 1975
1998-05-19 Cooper Basin (Ratification) Act 1975
1998-08-24 Government Response to the Competition Policy
Review of the Cooper Basin (Ratification) Act
1999-12-20 Government Response to the Dyki NCP Review
of the Cooper Basin (Ratification) Act 1975
2003-06-02 Cooper Basin (Ratification) Amendment Bill 2003
2003-12-01 Cooper Basin (Ratification) Amendment Bill 2003
2004-07-20 Petroleum (Cooper Basin – Ministerial Direction)
Amendment Bill 2004
2005-01-10 Petroleum (Cooper Basin – Ministerial Direction)
Amendment Bill 2004
2005-05-17 Independent Report on Santos Recommissioning
of Moomba Gas Plant in 2004
2005-07-14 Re-appointment of John Ellice-Flint to
the SA Museum Board
2006-05-22 South Australian Minerals & Petroleum
Exploration Group (SAMPEG)

 

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