I have been on a week long residency at Bilpin International Ground for Creative Initiatvies (BigCi) in rural Australia developing work around the theme of Strange Embrace for the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre (BMCC). Working with 4 other inspiring artists: Cath Barcan, Anne Graham, Astra Howard, and Daniel Kojta, we created a warm and collaborative environment in the serene nature right on the edge of Wollemi National Park. The next stages of this project will be some collaborative action research in the gallery and in the public, culminating in a group show opening at the BMCC city gallery onMay 29th, 2015.
My individual practice there was to explore the theme of Intimacy over Distance, and how we can feel through technology. I created a water drawing as a process ritual, which I then learned is an activity done in public parks in China, and an ancient Zen buddhist gesture. I am astonished at how many of the things that I do with my body intuitively a...
This month I was invited by artists J. Morgan Puett and Mark Dion to come out to their 'living art comlexity' - Mildred's Lane. It is a wonderful place where life, art, education and ecology come together in a convivial spirit on an old farmstead in Narrowsburg on the border of New York and Pennsylvania in the US. It is the off season, and was thick in snow, the place runs formal sessions with fellows in the summer. None-the-less a handful of wonderful creative folks gathered to eat and talk. What a wonderful and inspiring place.
In October I was an artist in residence at ‘Elsewhere‘ in Greensboro, North Carolina, US.
Elsewhere is a living museum in a former thrift store on the main street of Greensboro. The artists and organisors of the museum live on site in the old three story house, and the premise of the residency is that you bring nothing in, and take nothing out, but constantly remake the museum with the stuff you find there. And there's a lot of it!
Elsewhere functions as a living community and so the daily life activities and us doing them in the museum are as much a a part of the organism of elsewhere as the quirky objects and spaces that house it. The kitchen was my favourite installation, that and the ghost room. It's open to the public about half the time, so you constantly have people walking through your living and making environments.
One of my favourite moments was swinging on the swings in the streetfront window when a passerby stopped, backed up, looked at me and said, "oh, I thought you were...
I have been on residency for two weeks at Cittadellarte, in Biella in the north of Italy. Cittadellarte is a living art place that focuses on Responsible Social Transformation. Activating ways we can build society through ethical co-working with the planet and each other. With with art at it’s core, there are many ‘cells’ of Cittadellarte, including politics (Love Difference), architecture, education, food, economics, spirituality, fashion, nourishment, human rights, design and production, history, literature.
I partook in two weeks of the educational program called the University of Ideas (UNIDEE). Like many alternate education programs, UNIDEE has just broken down it’s structure from a 4 month placement to be shorter one week modules. I took two of them,one on Social Architecture and another on Politically mapping your praxis. You can see more about what we did in them below. I also spent time learning about how the foundation grew, runs and structures itself....