tacit (work in progress)

by Sophia Derkenne, Lauren Swain and Jett Chudleigh

Over the past 19 months, place has become torn apart from notions of home, as immovable boundaries have been established over and over and plans to travel consistently disrupted. Throughout all this, one of the only homes that remained immediate and reachable for us was the body. tacit (work in progress) is a short cinematic experience documenting our exploration of our physical homes through dance and visual art. It features all of us improvising movement in various spaces, and Sophia’s process of turning those movements into a collage of artworks of Lauren, Jett and Sophia in dynamic movement. The inspiration for the mixing of visual and performing arts came from the feeling that interpersonal relationships between bodies were jeopardized, intensified, and so blatantly temporary over the intense periods of isolation we went through last year and again this year. We wanted to play with the opposing forces of the fluid movement of live performers versus the permanent documentation of that movement on paper. We hope through this video and accompanying artworks that we are able to capture our original concept of exploring the body as “home” – pertinently as we have created the majority of this project now via distance and confined to our homes in lockdown.

Access: Subtitles are included in the film and image descriptions are provided for the visuals.
Running time: 3mins approx.

This work can also be viewed in our virtual gallery here.


Thank you to our spectacular collaborators Dan Swain of Blended films for bringing our disparate ideas together with your cinematic skill, Luca Reading for creating the music to our words, and our gorgeous housemates for filming our movement. You all helped us transform our live piece into the digital space!

Created and performed by: Sophia Derkenne, Lauren Swain and Jett Chudleigh

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live, work, and learn. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.