Tina Havelock Stevens performs an iteration of Thunderhead in The Substation's Main Space, providing a live improvised soundtrack with long-time collaborator Liberty Kerr on electric guitar.
'Thunderhead... a single piece of footage captured by Havelock Stevens after “going the wrong way, then getting on the right track” while driving along Highway 54 in Texas. It shows the meteorological spectacle of a supercell, anchored just off the horizon across an outstretched plain, a low-lying mountain range visible in the distance.
We watch, anticipating the system’s retreat or advance. Here the potential of the storm has been suspended by an infinite loop, the score – a hook that draws the viewer in. Thunderhead offers no apparent endpoint and envelops us, spurring a feeling of perpetual arrival.'
– Charlotte Hickson
Feature image: Tina Havelock Stevens, Thunderhead (video still), 2016
NATURE EXTEMPORIZE is a survey from visual artist, filmmaker and performer/musician Tina Havelock Stevens. With an abiding interest in the ambiguities of human nature and natural forces – and the contradictory relationship between the two – Havelock Stevens acknowledges this in her neon work and immersive audio visual installations.
Havelock Stevens combines her inquisitiveness as an observational filmmaker with the energy and drive of an improvisatory drummer, contemplating the psyche within spaces and channelling the energy and emotion of the sociological and the environmental. These loaded sites, imbued with belief systems, movement, ritual, immediacy, and the autobiographical, extend from the Philippines to the Southwestern United States, and from NYC, to a Surry Hills lounge-room in Sydney. Havelock Stevens draws attention to things that are just there, to feelings and events that we can’t control.