Luke Jaaniste

Mary Ann Hunter

Multi/inter/cross/hybrid are notions that intrigue and drive the work of Brisbane-based artist Luke Jaaniste. Having explored and experimented with diverse artforms, contexts and media since graduating in musicology from the Queensland Conservatorium in 1999, Jaaniste’s practice traverses the fields of sound installation, performance and public art. He has created work for concert hall, radio, CD, gallery, theatre, public sites and festivals using a broad range of materials including acoustic instruments, digital media, text, video, found objects, sculpture and the human body. Recent works have been presented at Small Black Box, a sonic performance event at the Institute of Modern Arts, and the Datum Video Show at Metro Arts. Jaaniste also co-directs the national composers group COMPOST, collaborates with Julian Day as juaanellii, and is currently Composer Affiliate with the Queensland Orchestra. The idea of space is central to Jaaniste’s PhD research in Creative Industries at QUT, which he began this year. “My key term at the moment is ‘making space’: physical, sensory, corporeal space, and cultural or communal space. Not ‘filling space’, which is a compositional notion (image within a frame, sculpture in a space, plot within a story, words on a page) but something more positional in actually composing the frame.” Jaaniste extends this approach to making space in his public and corporate work and in his many advisory roles in the industry: “I really enjoy thinking and discussing and planning on a policy development and ‘big picture’ level, and see that part of my future practice will be teaming up with others to make space for artistic practice to grow and flourish.”

RealTime issue #57 Oct-Nov 2003 pg. 44

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1 October 2003
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