SCHOOL | Orientation and orienting

May 29, 2017


It’s important to start, rather than just play chicken with intentions, and this start, while tentative, endeavours to gather some threads and fragments. I arrive in Brighton in mid May to attend the STEPS Pathways to Sustainability Summer School at the University of Sussex. One of 40 or so other participants drawn from higher degree […]

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EMERGE | Writing Infrastructure

June 10, 2015


It’s taken a while to return to this site, to pick up some threads and write with them. Much has emerged from these projects, especially Fieldworking, and it is yet to settle. A new project is taking shape, triggered by thoughts and connections springing from the lines and mesh of Fieldworking, but also referring to […]

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POST | The Legacy of Bernardi Secchi

December 17, 2014


I am sharing this post from the Society and Space website. It explores the legacy of Bernardo Secchi and raises a couple of things I have never heard before. Apparently, he write considerably on the still fundamental issue of ‘comment vivre ensemble’ (how to live together), which strongly relates to the threads woven through Placing […]

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REPORT |Projects: Fieldworking and Long Time, No See?

October 16, 2014


This week I completed, to full draft, the Fieldworking project, which was funded by the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council. Fieldworking was intended as a year-long art writing project that would topologically and topographically examine public art and cultural space. In a general sense, this is what I am referring to by the […]


October 9, 2014


PROLOGUE: Straight, Forward ASPLEY, AU: Along Little Cabbage Tree Creek CHRISTCHURCH, NZ: SCAPE 7 Public Art Biennial EPILOGUE —oOo— The encounters documented and described in Fieldworking tell us something about the tendencies, often invisible, that are respectively inflected in the rebuild of Christchurch and the lived experience of suburbia, something of the habitus or structured/ing […]

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QUOTE | Roberta Mock on walking in the suburbs

July 10, 2014


“I am from ‘the suburbs’ and, if there’s on thing that’s rather noticeable in autobiographical accounts of walking, it’s that walking tends to occur in either rural or urban environments rather than in the hinterlands between the two. There may be a reason for this, art-historically speaking, beyond the dearth of permissible routes through a […]

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TALK | Naming the Shopping Centre

January 20, 2014


The other day John and I drove by Stafford City. John wondered whether the branding had changed. I couldn’t be sure, but I thought this centre had always been called Stafford City. Then it occurred to me that many shopping centres make references to urban forms that do not reflect the design or experience the […]

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