Hot Bodies | Head On Photo Festival

Hot Bodies


Stephen Burstow

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Exhibition Description

Human bodies run hot. Even at rest, the average adult generates as much heat as a 100 watt incandescent light bulb. We lose this heat through our evaporating sweat, our breath, and our skin’s contact with any surface. Long after we leave our bed, or get up from a chair, thermal imprints linger on. This exhibition brings these traces into the visible realm.

Making these thermal images, even before the arrival of COVID-19, got me thinking about how our physical presence extends far beyond the envelope of our skin. Are we discrete, autonomous individuals, in charge of our body-machines? Or perhaps messy agglomerations of all our emissions, our sensations and our somatic entanglements.

Artist Bio

Stephen Burstow is a Sydney-based visual artist, lecturer and filmmaker. As a director, he has specialised in performing arts projects for film, television and digital media. His dance films have been awarded internationally. His recent PhD research investigated the insinuation of handheld screen devices into the most intimate domestic space: the shared bed. His current research is focused on the somatic impacts of heat stress. 

Exhibition Space

Dates and Times

02 November 2020 to 15 November 2020
Artist Talk: 
Sun 08 Nov 2020, 2:00PM

Open Hours

Opening Hours: 
Monday - Friday:
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday:
10:00 am-3:00 pm