Daniela d’Arielli is an Italian artist working in painting, photography and installation. Her research focuses on nature and reality, distortion and alteration, remembrance and memory, visible and invisible investigations through the element of water. After having spent a year at the Kent Institute of Art and Design (UK) in 2003 Daniela graduated in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Urbino. In 2015, she earned a specialization in photography from IED in Rome.

She is currently professor of Color Design at the ISIA Pescara Design. Since 2008 Daniela has worked as a photographer and art producer for Pollinaria, an organic farm and research organization cultivating innovative, integrated work in the fields of art, agriculture and ecology located in Abruzzo, Italy.

Exhibited work description

Acqua Aurea is a work conceived between July and August 2019 during my residency at the Bogong Centre for Sound Culture in the Australian Alps. The project follows the flow of water. The images are printed on small gold sheets, which like precious jewels tell the story of a remote and still unknown place: nature. Five series of triptychs capture the five hydroelectric power plants essential for the Kiewa Hydroelectric Scheme, Australia's most impressive hydrogeological plant developed to generate energy. Bogong Village, seat of the residence, is a village built to house the workers of this enormous set of infrastructure. Inside Alpine National Park, in the state of Victoria, the water of the Kiewa River, added to by high altitude snow, flows into dams, reservoirs, tunnels, waterfalls, lakes, all of which are absolutely artificial, yet perfectly merged into the landscape that appears, at first glance, completely pristine. Nearby, high-stemmed eucalyptus forests with deep root systems dominate. The eucalypts of the Australian forests, when they grow on soils crossed by deep-lying auriferous veins, can accumulate small quantities of gold in the bark and in the leaves. The Eucaliptus marginata sucks up the water it needs to survive, but since its roots are not capable of filtering the metal, the latter is assimilated as water-soluble ions that are then transported from the roots to the trunk and the leaves, and parts that are physiologically destined to be expelled.

Small but measurable amounts accumulate in the vacuoles of some tissues, where the ions precipitate due to the combination of acidity and concentration and the gold crystallizes to form nanoscopic nuggets with a diameter of 8 nanometres, about one fifth the diameter of a hair [...] The accumulated gold reserve does not exceed 0.000005 per cent of the weight of a leaf and is not exploitable for commercial purposes.
– Renato Bruni, Mirabilia

Micro particles of False gold shine from the shallower depths, flashing and glaring; but, here, it is the water that generates the most light. What intrigued me, in this environment so powerful from a sensory point of view, was the relationship with the strong anthropic impact, which is generally concealed and effaced. In this context, where coexistence and conflict are inextricably intertwined, what emerges is a suspended landscape, fluctuating between artificial and natural in which water is, once again, the most precious resource.

‘The images that emerge, through the play of water, trace a new scheme where everything loses its structure, its consistency and in the distortion of movement redefines its meaning.’
Field images by Daniela d’Arielli
We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land that this work was made upon as the unceded homelands of the Bidhawal, Dhudhuroa, Gunai–Kurnai and Nindi–Ngudjam Ngarigu Monero peoples. We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land that this work was made upon as the unceded homelands of the Bidhawal, Dhudhuroa, Gunai–Kurnai and Nindi–Ngudjam Ngarigu Monero peoples.
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Notes from the Field

Sabine Vogel, Bogong Gum Trees sound installation at Bogong Center for Sound Culture, 2015. Photo by Bryden WilliamsImg. 18 of 44

Notes from the Field is first a portrait of a place – Bogong Village, in the Alpine region of North East Victoria. Bogong is a place of exceptional natural beauty, and a site of many intersecting concerns. Halfway between Mount Beauty and Falls Creek, it was established in its current form as a worker’s village for the Kiewa Hydroelectric scheme.

Bogong is the Dhudhuroa word for “big moth” and gives name to Mount Bogong, the Bogong High Plains and Bogong Village, as well as the well-known moth whose existence is now threatened through industrial agriculture, habitat destruction, climate change and other anthropogenic impacts. The discordant relationships between industrial technologies, human involvement and the environment is stark in the unique setting of Bogong Village. The power station is a major presence in the village, and although hydroelectric technology promises to produce green energy, the damming of the Kiewa river has forever altered the valley’s ecosystem and landscape.

It is in this environment that Madelynne Cornish and Philip Samartzis have been running the Bogong Centre for Sound Culture for the last ten years. The centre invites artists from across the globe to travel to this remote part of Australia and immerse themselves in the site. The artists mainly engage in fieldwork, a process of recording, compiling and organising information, such as sound, video, photographs, and sketches.

Notes from the Field brings together the work of 15 artists who have been resident at Bogong Village over the last ten years, with work presented both in the gallery spaces and online. Notes from the Field celebrates the incredible initiative of this globally reaching and supportive artist residency program in North East Victoria. The artists have observed and recorded the dissonance between landscape, humans and technology and now present their findings for us to consider.

Michael Moran, Curator
Murray Art Museum Albury

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(Elise Bonato) Fog and mist of varying densities, making its bed comfortably on the skyline.’

Online works

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  1. Yellow Mountain (Christophe Charles)
  2. Village Loop
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    Village Loop is an audio-visual work investigating the eco-acoustic characteristics of Bogong Village. The work is an attempt to express the experience of isolation while living in a remote community (of few permanent residents). Using an iterative process of documentation, various details and characteristics were recorded each day to reveal changes in atmosphere, variations in habitat, and processes of land management. The editing process included temporal disruptions and colour alteration to fracture the image quality to convey the psychological experience of isolation.

    Village Loop was supported by Creative Victoria through Regional Arts Victoria and the Sustaining Creative Workers initiative.

    Village Loop (Madelynne Cornish), infoclose
    (Madelynne Cornish)
  3. Diffraction (Adam Pultz Melbye)
  4. An Hour Working as a Dog
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    Single channel video with stereo sound
    Duration: 12 minutes

    Art Director: Justas Pipinis
    Director of Photography: Archibald Hunter
    Leash Director: Madelynne Cornish

    An Hour Working as a Dog is a mapping of Bogong Village with a small terrier, Archie, as a guide. Justas was an artist in residence at the Bogong Centre for Sound Culture in 2020. Like his fellow artists in the exhibition, Pipinis used his time at Bogong to record the environment around the Village. Where his project departs is in using Archie as a camera dog. Nightly walks around the village and the lake become fieldwork sessions with a camera mounted to Archie. This playful shift in perspective unsettles categories and conventions of fieldwork and invites audience to see the world anew.

    An Hour Working as a Dog (Justas Pipinis), infoclose
    (Justas Pipinis)
  5. Electric Fairy Grounds I Electric Fairy Grounds II Electric Fairy Grounds III (Gabi Schaffner)
  6. Intertwining
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    During my time at the Bogong AIR residency in 2015 I mainly worked with two gum trees, which I connected through a fishing line, that acted as a wind harp. Connecting trees refers to a scientific study about the communication of trees: It works through a complex system of roots and some fungus — an underground network. The study says, that the biggest and strongest trees are “mother trees” and work like a communication centre of a forest area. I used strips of bark of these trees and hang it over the fishing line and “played” it, using contact microphones to amplify them. Additionally, I responded to it through improvising with my flutes.

    The heart of Intertwining is the sound experiments with these connecting trees, but as I did more excursions around Bogong Village I weave in close-up recordings - which make almost inaudible sounds audible like underwater recordings with a hydrophone or a microphone inside the flute, binaural recordings with which I listened very closely to the crickets while slowly moving my head- and recordings, that made use of the hydro dam’s space and reverb. The trees are connected to each other, they are connected with the water, the earth, the wind, the birds. My walks are creating connection of places, my flute playing and breathing connects myself with the environment, my listening intertwines place, space and time.

    Intertwining (Sabine Vogel), infoclose
    (Sabine Vogel)
  7. Energy Fields (Philip Samartzis, Michael Vorfeld)
  8. Silhouette
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    With the help of various light sources, Michael Vorfeld designs ephemeral, constantly changing, visual situations. The focus of his performance in front of the camera is on the direct connection between light and performer, as well as the interaction of light and space. The edited visual events are supported and commented by a soundtrack, which generates its acoustic material directly from a variously manipulated electrical current flow. A film with surprising perceptual situations full of atmospheric density and sensual intensity.

    ‘The language, the dance and the music were high performances of the intuitive time-space functionality, and the optics must follow in a new way.’
    Raoul Hausmann, from Manifeste und Proklamationen der europäischen Avantgarde (1909–1938)

    Silhouette (Michael Vorfeld), infoclose
    (Michael Vorfeld)

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