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FIELDWORKING | Aspley: Along Little Cabbage Tree Creek

October 29, 2013


PROLOGUE: Straight, Forward ASPLEY, AU: Along Little Cabbage Tree Creek CHRISTCHURCH, NZ: SCAPE 7 Public Art Biennial EPILOGUE —oOo— A walk through my suburb of Aspley and surrounds. In part, I hoped to develop my experience of this place and discover different ways of being here. I was aware from my regular walking and cycling […]

FIELDWORKING | Hobart: Battery Point, MONA FOMA, GASP! & Port Arthur

October 28, 2013


This walk is comprised of several walks and forays. Earlier this year, John and I ventured to Hobart for MONA FOMA. My intention when we head off was to document the experience of MONA FOMA for Fieldworking and to explore my experience of the festival as fieldwork and public art. However, as with most explorations, […]

READ | Christchurch in Transition: Two Books

October 9, 2013


I hope Christchurch will …, comment on a community blackboard I returned from Christchurch with two new books in my luggage: SCAPE 7 Public Art Biennial Guide/Reader and Christchurch: The Transitional City Pt IV. These works provide valuable insights into the transitory and tactical dimensions of urban culture and adaptation, marking out territory at the […]

FIELDWORKING | Christchurch: SCAPE 7 Public Art Biennial

October 8, 2013


PROLOGUE: Straight, Forward ASPLEY, AU: Along Little Cabbage Tree Creek CHRISTCHURCH, NZ: SCAPE 7 Public Art Biennial EPILOGUE —oOo— View from the Physics Room, Cnr Tuam and High Streets. Photo: JM John Armstrong Walking around a city that has endured a major disaster is an especially strange and unsettling experience. With 70% of the buildings […]

DISASTER | Drought

September 11, 2013


This morning when I woke, my mind drifted to consider the ways in which different disasters inhabit our ‘dwelling’. I am unsure if dwelling is something that can be inhabited. I am just stretching the relationship between thought and dwelling; mind and body. Not that I think mind or thought occupies body or dwelling but […]

WALK | Taking a hike

June 8, 2013


Yesterday, the Enabling Suburbs team – architect Jason Haigh, planner Ben Iser, my partner John and I – undertook a local walk with artist Mandy Ridley. Mandy is working on a public artwork that is part of a new stretch of cycleway running along and across Cabbage Tree Creek. As we knew Mandy through a […]

FIELDWORKING | Defining terms

October 14, 2012


“The field is no longer where one extracts data, but almost [always] a place where one produces meaning.” Yann Calberac As I mentioned earlier, it is my intention to address methodology in this project – fieldworking – as it relates to public art making. Public Art, I believe, is an expansive field in which myriad […]

ART | Skimming the Surface

January 29, 2012


A curatorial essay written for a project curated in 1998 for Hands On Art (instigated by then Director, Michael Vann). The project, Skimming the Surface, featured a series of ephemeral artworks by Queensland artists engaging the themes of surface and history of South Bank Parklands.

ART | Performing space, urban encounters

January 22, 2012


I’ve not explored ‘live art’ in my writing in any specific way. It arises through ideas of installation (Gordon Matta-Clark), locative media (Blast Theory), events (IASKA) and such. There’s a clear sense of these kinds of works chewing through art form boundaries, offering encounter and experience in time. I am looking for connections to some […]

WRITE | A journalism of the everyday

January 16, 2012


In an interview, one of the founders of Cane Toad Times talks about using the magazine to develop a journalism of the everyday. (Cane Toad Times was a satirical magazine produced in Brisbane in the 1980s and there is an exhibition at the State Library.) A journalism of the everyday. It’s a rather poetic way […]