BCA Honours (Music) candidate Adriana Lear

1:2:1 Dualism and the Politics of Belonging

  • 12th Nov 2018 - 16th Nov 2018 to (Everyday)
  • Wollongong
    Backstage Hope, Building 40

1:2:1 is an installation of three audio-visual works examining the intersections between dualism and belonging. The works explore the conceptual relationship between music and visual art to construct liminal spaces that interweave past and present, as well as personal and global realities. Each composition explores the sonic capacities of the flute to inform meaning and sensory experience, drawing on my classical as well as electronic music background.

In 1:2:1 I investigate my bi-racial socio-political Western and Moana (Pacific, Oceanic) identity as a dualistic construct: that is, the division of two opposing entities in conflict rather than harmony as a result of colonial and neo-colonial structures. I pose the question: ‘Is it possible for this dualistic self to achieve a state of connection, harmony and wholeness, rather than separation, division and opposition?’ I use the Tā-Vā (Time-Space) Theory of Art formulated by ‘Ōkusitino Māhina, as a conceptual framework. Tā (Tongan for time) signifies the marking of time through artistic and social actions, while vā (Tongan for space) signifies the relational space between two time-markers. I journey through time to explore how history informs my present experiences, my concept of self, and my relationships with others. I adopt the notion of vā as the ‘space between’, to explore my bi-racial space as the ‘space between’ two cultures.

Adriana Lear is an emerging cross-disciplinary artist. As a young musician, she was the principal flautist of the Sydney Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Australian Winds Orchestra with whom she toured Europe at the age of 13. As an electronic music composer, she has produced music for Buzzfeed Australia and international television programs such as BBC America’s Orphan Black. Adriana has been an artist in residence at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and was recently selected to exhibit in Wayfinders as part of the Oceania Rising, produced by the Australian Museum, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Blacktown Arts Centre.


Exhibition runs: 12 – 16 November 2018
Closing reception: Friday 16 November at 3.00pm

Location: Backstage Hope, Building 40, University of Wollongong
View by appointment only; please contact hos-taem@uow.edu.au 
Times: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

Free entry, all welcome

Image credit: Adriana Lear, 2018