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Jesse Boylan: Where there is wind (there will be dust)


Jesse Boylan

Where there is wind (there will be dust), 2023
single channel silent video, duration variable
Image: Jeremy Weirauch

Where there is wind (there will be dust) is a new experimental video essay-poem by Jesse Boylan that seeks to understand the ways in which we are all connected through dust. Dust is picked up and carried through the air, traversing state boundaries, and permeating everything in its wake. In a way, dust contains memories and evidence of action and inaction. When collected, stored, and studied, dust can reveal information about who we are and how we live. The particles contained within, recorded in data sets, show us our past, present, and potential future.

About the Artist
Jesse Boylan is an artist living on Djaara country in Central Victoria, Australia, interested in expanded documentary practice and the role art plays in environmental and social justice issues. In November 2023, they spent three weeks in the Murray region as part of Parched: Cultures of Drought – a research project exploring how people and communities have lived through and managed drought over time and in different regions.

This work in progress was produced as part of Parched: Cultures of Drought in Regional Victoria, an ARC-funded project led by Latrobe University, and will be updated regularly during its screening at MAMA.