Emergency Diagrams plays with movements and experiences of spaces encountered during air travel. It explores the aesthetic design of aircraft safety cards – the laminated cards in planes that direct passengers what actions to undertake in emergencies. Each work extracts a micro-movement or process from the abstracted and stylised diagrams. The viewer is invited to contemplate the depiction of complex emergency situations where movements are represented merely by pictographic elements such as arrows, lines, and abstracted spatial relationships. A conflict emerges when attempting to imagine the positioning of one’s body in order to enact the instructions. The intention is to amplify the ambiguity of how we represent and perceive relationships between bodies, spaces and movements.
Kaya Barry is currently based in Brisbane. Her practice involves producing interactive installations that utilise site-specific engagements with spatial perception, mobility and embodiment. Working across the areas of mobilities, creative arts, and geography, she has recently completed a practice-led PhD at Deakin University. She has exhibited in Australia, internationally, and online. Kaya teaches new media theory and practice at Griffith University and is an Adjunct Research Fellow with the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research.