Gina Czarnecki, Spine, 2006. Photo: Mark Savage. Courtesy of AV Festival 06

Gina Czarnecki, Spine, 2006. Courtesy of the artist.

Gina Czarnecki, Spine, 2006. Courtesy of the artist.

Gina Czarnecki, Spine, 2006. Courtesy of the artist.

Gina Czarnecki’s first ever publicly sited work Spine was premiered at AV Festival 06, as a twelve-metre high projection onto the Newcastle Civic Centre Carillon Bell Tower. Inspired by the artists’ award‐winning work Nascent, Spine takes raw footage of improvised and choreographed performance by Australian Dance Theatre, to which Czarnecki applies compositional techniques in the editing stage. The result is a powerful and compelling hybrid of visual art, experimental media, technology and dance, and questions what happens when the human genetic mix is corrupted.

Spine presents a visual and visceral journey through and about being. Images of dancers’ bodies combine and mutate, creating a hypnotic, intricate visual landscape. The imagery evolves from complex masses of cell-like structures, to graceful friezes of bodies whose movement is distorted in time, creating tableaux breathtaking in beauty and rich in texture. Eventually, the intertwined bodies resemble a new life form, observed like a biological sample in flux, multiplying, mutating.

Following its premiere at AV Festival 06, in Summer 2006 Spine [1.2] was presented in Melbourne, Australia as a six‐metre high screen, as part of the Laneways06 public arts project.

Gina Czarnecki is a British artist whose work crosses multiple genres and platforms. Developed in collaboration with biotechnologists, computer programmers, dancers and sound artists, Czarnecki's films and installations are informed by human relationships to image, disease, evolution, genetic research, and by advanced technologies of image production. Through editing sound and image at a micro–level, using bespoke effects and processes, the artist constructs vivid, highly aesthetic spaces. Her work has been exhibited internationally including ISEA, Liverpool, UK, 1998; Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, 1999; and ACMI, Melbourne, Australia, 2001. She won a prestigious Creative Scotland Award in 2002 for the interactive installation Silvers Alter, which was exhibited at the Natural History Museum, London, 2003.

Commissioned by AV Festival 06. Produced by Forma. Supported by Arts Council England. World Premiere.

Gina Czarnecki: Spine


Thu 2 March – Sun 12 March 2006

Newcastle Civic Centre

Carillon Bell Tower
Newcastle Civic Centre
Barras Bridge
Newcastle NE1 2NP

Opening Times
5-10pm daily