lucy dyson

Lucy Dyson's worlds are both dead and alive. Pulsing with vibrant patterns, and saturated in the technicolor of yore, Dyson offers realms rich with movement, life and a compelling dark force. Each image presents an uncanny tableaux: coiffed pushbutton phone androids follow a tin-man robot and his Toto down a psychedelic brick road; bees and dandelion seeds are drawn through space, pulled into the hypnotic vortex of bakelite telephone dials circling the earth. Telephones feature heavily in Dyson’s new work, and the instruments are given a broadway musical treatment - choreographed into swirling blooms, like precision synchronized swimmers. These dancing phones hark back to the excitement and promise of early technology, but are remodeled to imply the tone of a death knell. The result is a surreal tension between a nostalgic celebration of the past and an ominous prediction of the future. These bells toll a warning – that the ever increasing desire for newer, faster and better technology will come at a price. As we continue to mine the earth for minerals and oil to keep pistons churning, TVs dancing and the capitalist economy show rolling on, the buzz of the humble honey bee is being drowned out by polyphonic ring tones. Lucy Dyson is a Melbourne based artist and animation director. Deft with a surgical blade, and an avid collector of vintage anatomy and animal kingdom books, Lucy’s work often explores the dark and mysterious with a wry and humorous twist. Since graduating with Honours from RMIT Media Arts in 2006, Lucy has honed her knife skills with regular exhibitions and animation work.  Recent animations projects include music videos for Dan Kelly and the Alpha Males, Gotye, Bird Blobs, TZU, The Stardust Five, and an award winning music video for Sarah Blasko.
1981 born Melbourne, Australia

Education

2006Bachelor of Arts (Honours)  – Media Arts RMIT Melbourne (animation)
2002Bachelor of Arts - Media Arts RMIT Melbourne (specialising in experimental animation)

Grants and a wards

2008 British Council Realise Your Dream Award - Winner
2008 SOYA 08 Qantas Spirit Of Youth Awards, Shortlist
2008 SoundKILDA Music Video Audience Award
2008 Telstra Big Pond / Australian Film Commission Great Moments in History Animation Initiative Finalist
2007 SOYA 07 Qantas Spirit Of Youth Awards, Shortlist
2007 SoundKILDA Best Music Video Animation - for [explain] Sarah Blasko
2006 British Council Realise Your Dream Award - Finalist
2006 City of Melbourne Arts Grant – Young Artist Category
2003 Shepparton Shorts Film Festival – “Laika Space Dog” Best Animated film

Solo Exhibitions

2007 Looking back at some dead world that looks so new – red gallery Melbourne
2006 Of Monkeys, Mice and (Space) Men  - Bus Gallery Melbourne – March 2006 (As part of the 2006 Next Wave Festival)
2005Slide Gallery - Gertrude Contemporary Spaces, Melbourne
2002Boxed World - First Site Gallery RMIT, Melbourne

Selected Group Exhibitions

2010 Winter Highlights - Jenny Port Gallery, Melbourne
2010 STICK IT ! Collage in Australian Art - National Gallery of Victoria
2009It all fits together – Jenny Port Gallery, Melbourne
2008 While you were sleeping - Kick Gallery, Melbourne, Curated by Lucy Dyson
2007 Northern Exposure, Kick Gallery, Melbourne
2007 The Contemporary Collage, John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne
2007 Breathing Space, Jenny Port Gallery, Melbourne
2007 The Last Vestige Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
2005 RE/Thinking - Bus Gallery, Melbourne
2005Glory Box - George Paton Gallery Melbourne Uni
2004Un-Natural Histories - Start Community Art Gallery Collingwood
2004Pet Cemetery - Seventh Gallery Melbourne
2004Domestic Bliss - Spacement Gallery Melbourne – As part of the 2004 Next Wave Festival
2003 No Excuses - FAD Gallery Melbourne
2003Bong On ’03 - Bus Gallery Melbourne
2002The New Collectibles - First Site Gallery RMIT
2002 Noisy Minor - RMIT Project Spaces
2000Static - First Site Gallery RMIT

music video directing

2010 Wish, Still Corners, Indie UK, Directed by Lucy Dyson
2010 Sad Sun, Teeth & Tongue, Crystal Chain Records, Directed by Lucy Dyson
2010 Beautiful Trash, LANU, Tru Thoughts UK, Directed by Lucy Dyson
2009 Goodtown, Wagons,  Directed and Animated by Lucy Dyson
2009 The Wealthiest Queen, Luluc, Directed and Animated by Lucy Dyson
2008 The Time It Takes, Holly Throsby Spunk! Records, Directed by Lucy
2008 Lupus, Augie March,Directed and Produced by Lucy Dyson
2008 The Minotaur, The Drones, ATP Recordings, Directed by Lucy Dyson
2008 Persist, All India Radio, Minty Fresh Records US, Directed by Lucy Dyson
2007 Thanks For Your Time, Gotye, Lucky Numbers Records, Directed by Lucy Dyson
2007 I Will Release Myself Unto You, Dan Kelly & The Alpha Males
2006 Explain, Sarah Blasko, Sony Music, Directed by Lucy Dyson
2006 Pussy Got Your Tongue, Stardust Five, EMI Music, Directed by Lucy Dyson
2006 Drowning In The Fountain Of Youth, Dan Kelly & The Alpha Males, Directed by Lucy Dyson
2005 Drunk On Election Night, Dan Kelly & The Alpha Males, Infidelity/Shock Records, Directed by Lucy Dyson
2005 She Gets Up, TZU, Liberation Records, Directed by Lucy Dyson
2005 If I Could Kill, Bird Blobs, Unstable Ape Records, Directed by Lucy Dyson
2002 Sunshine In My Eyes, Dave Ong, Festival Mushroom Records, Directed by Lucy Dyson

Short Films

2002 – “Laika Space Dog” – Dir Lucy Dyson

Screenings

2010 Goodtown, National Film & Sound Archive, Canberra
2010 Goodtown, SoundKILDA, St Kilda Film Festival,
2010 Goodtown, NGV Ian Potter Federation Square
2010 Thanks For Your Time, Ian Potter Federation Square
2009 The Wealthiest Queen, SoundKILDA, St Kilda Film Festival
2009 Persist SoundKILDA, St Kilda Film Festival
2008 This Is Not Art Festival, Tape Projects, Newcastle, Australia
2008 Thanks For Your Time, Fest Anca, Slovakia
2008 Explain, Fest Anca, Slovakia
2008 Persist, Melbourne International Film Festival
2008 Thanks For Your Time, SoundKILDA, St Kilda Film Festival
2008 Explain, Sustainable Living Festival, Melbourne
2007 Thanks For Your Time, Gotye Mini Orchestra National Theatre Tour
2007 Explain, Digital Projections, Australian Centre for the Moving Image
2007 Explain, Digital Projections, Sydney International Film Festival
2007 Explain, St Kilda Film Festival National Touring Selection
2007 I Will Release Myself Unto You, SoundKILDA, St Kilda Film Festival
2007 Explain, SoundKILDA, St Kilda Film Festival
2006 Drunk On Election Night, SoundKILDA, St Kilda Film Festival
2006 Drunk On Election Night, Realm Of The Senses Festival
2006 Pussy Got Your Tongue, 123TV Melbourne
2005 If I Could Kill, 123TV Melbourne
2005 If I Could Kill, Technikunst Festival, Melbourne
2003 Laika - Space Dog Noise On Screen, ABC TV
2003 Laika - Space Dog JJJ Moonlight Cinema Frame Breaks Film Festival, screened nationally
2003 Laika - Space Dog Girls, Boys Machines, ACMI Federation Square Melbourne
2002 Selection of experimental animated shorts FLY TV, ABC TV

bibliography, interviews, talks

2010 SOMA magazine, filmmaker profile
2010 Interview Sesame Magazine Online
2009 Big-screen sound and video, Interview with Patrick Donovan, The Age, May 25
2009 Sound and Vision Interview with Rowena Robertson, Screen Education, Issue 54, Pg 39
2008 Dream's Alive Interview with Suzanne Robertson, Melbourne Yarra Leader, Oct 1
2008 Film Buff's Forecast Interview with Paul Harris, Triple RRR 102.7 FM Melbourne
2008 The Breakfast Show Interview with Robbie, Marieke and The Doctor, Triple J Radio Australia
2008 While You Were Sleeping, Visual Arts Review by Penny Modra, The Sunday Age, Aug 10 pg. 27
2008 Published artwork ELLE Girl Magazine, Korea, July Issue, Pg. 75
2008 RMIT Student Film Awards Judge
2008 Pecha Kucha Night, Blue Diamond Bar Melbourne, Guest Artist Speaker
2008 RMIT Arts Law / Arts Business Week Seminar Speaker
2008 MX Magazine, interview, St Kilda Film Festival Feature
2007 Forepaw Gallery, Melbourne, Tape Projects Artist Talk
2007 24 Hour Arty People, Artist Profile Yen Magazine, Feb Issue
2006 Published writing, SummerWinter Magazine Jan Issue #5
2006 Space Shuffle Ready To Launch Interview MX Magazine, March 20, Pg. 8
2006 Fame Lurks In Unusual Places Interview with Craig Mathieson, The Age, EG, March 17, Pg. 9
2004 Their art's in the right place, Interview with Blanche Clark, Herald Sun, May 22, pg 112
2004 Smart Arts Interview with Richard Watts, Triple RRR 102.7 FM Melbourne
2004 Domestic Bliss, Visual arts review by Simone Ubaldi, Beat Magazine, May 26
2003 Moonlight Cinema Frame Breaks Film Festival Judge
2003 Interview with Meagan Spencer Triple JJJ Radio
2003 Film Buff's Forecast Interview with Paul Harris Triple RRR 102.7FM Melbourne
2003 Space Pooch Inspires Rachel Kleinman, Melbourne Yarra Leader, Feb 24, Pg. 13