Thin White Space – Mark Niehus – Australia

’Thin White Space’ is a poetic study of how distance from home can cultivate clarity and independence, galvanised by the experience the individual can then reassert themselves in an environment that had historically defined them.

“Out there in the great mysterious black alone left with my ideas of home crystallised by the great need to recall I stutter at the controls”.

‘Thin White Space’ is a Poetry Film that explores ideas of isolation, I have used the experience of space travel as a metaphor for the disconnected experience some of us have in our urban existence and the individuals incompatibility with societal expectations.

Director Biography – Mark Niehus

Poet and Artist Mark Niehus combines his poetry with digital art, video and music to create outcomes that capture and expand the mood, rhythms and meaning of his writing. Always seeking to discover new ways to apply his experimental ethos to engage audiences and push the boundaries of his art, Mark’s work illuminates and transforms urban environments and internal spaces into captivating visual canvases and poetic soundscapes.

After spending years abroad, travelling, studying creative writing and working as a new media designer in London, Mark returned to Australia to publish his first book of poems in 2008 and to focus his artistic practice to create high quality artworks integrated with his writing. Over the last 10 years Mark has conceived and delivered an array of poetry films, projection art, street art, illustrations, installations and composed spontaneous poems for the public on his typewriter for Local Government, Arts organisations, festivals and numerous solo exhibitions.

Director Statement

I write quickly and instinctively, allowing an interplay between my subconscious and conscious mind until the narrative appears. Writing for me is a very visual experience resulting in vivid imagery which easily translates to film giving the poem another life beyond the page and provides another layer for me to guide the audience’s interpretation of the text. Composing music for my films ties these two elements together, creating a mood that reflects the world in which the poem lives. My work often explores the human experience and the friction between ideals and the status quo. I have an intimate relationship with my art, I measure myself against it and I strive to narrow the space between me and it.

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