The Altitude Project, curatored by Miriam Williamson & Mahalya Middlemist, drew on the historic relationship that the Blue Mountains community had with celebrity aviators of the early 20th Century. The Kingsford Smith & Melrose Parks, named in their honour were the sites for two multi-artform events, including sound art, new media and participatory performance.
Aviatrix Amy Johnson, was the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia in her Gipsy Moth. She was overlooked when Katoomba’s local parks were named after famous aviators and so we name our work in her honour
The Amy Johnson Flight School offers the curious an opportunity to engage the senses as they take a break from normal operating procedure. Students go through a series of rituals before using a handmade helmet, equipped with sensors and processors to explore Kingsford Smith Park through a manipulated reality.
The school asks its students to reassess their relationship to vertical space by confounding and amplifying the usual sensory reactions to the landscape. Though this practice they can pursue a deeper understanding of the irreversible shift in perspective that the achievement of human flight has given us.