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Psycho/Active “My creative philosophy has evolved from the simple truths I have found in my community. You are my extended family: a kaleidoscope of freaks, geeks, hippies, and trendies, homely and homeless. I used to create for the fun of it, now I create for you. I am psycho and I am active, I aim to turn you on, turn you off and to burn your eyes and ears a little so that you leave the space feeling affected. Whatever you do, don’t knock it before you try it.” - Billie Rose 2011 Winning the MCAP 2010 (Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize) had a profound effect on Billie Rose. She jumped into the deep end of art like a doped up psychopath, tackling a variety of art forms and doing it like a virgin. She tried nude photography for the ﬁrst time; quickly deciding it wouldn’t be the last. Solar powered sculpture was her next gig, and then a sound activated installation, then living art! Next Billie applied her experience as a singer-slash-songwriter-slash-rap-slashmotherfucken-superstar to create a special solo EP soundtrack of original music to correspond with speciﬁc works in the 2011 MCAP exhibition. Psychoactive will be on sale at the show and available for download so that punters can experience the art space in the privacy of their own headphones. Bring your own media player, or you can pick up one for use at the gallery reception. Peeps attending the launch on Friday 2 September were treated to a live performance of tracks from Psychoactive with Ruby Slippers and Know U performing, plus special guest treats from Billie’s fellow Big Village Records artists, Roleo and Ellesquire. But the big news, for youse, is that Billie Rose’s next music video – Psychoactive Attraction – is to feature live scenes from a special one-off ﬁlm-shoot that is yet to be shot. Young faces take note that the shoot will begin shooting on Friday 16 September at At the Vanishing Point in Newtown, from 6-9pm. First in, best dressed, but be well dressed nonetheless. You may (read: will) be invited to participate in random acts of psycho-activity, so wear underwear! Interactivity within the gallery is said to be generally encouraged throughout the MCAP season. Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize Festival 2011 (MCAP’11): Three exhibitions spanning three gallery spaces, $7000 in prizes. 2 - 18 September, Psycho/Active, Billie Rose, At The Vanishing Point, 565 King Street Newtown. 9 – 25 September 2011, MCAP’11 Finalist’s Exhibition, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Pidcock Street Camperdown. 8 – 25 September, The MCAP’11 Fringe Dwellers, ESP Gallery, 228 Illawarra Road, Marrickville. IMAGE: Billie ROSE, GOLD-DSC 3970 2011, digital photographic print, 100 x 60cm. Photograph: Xray Doll.
So much to get through this month that sometimes you just have to ask yourself – don’t we all have more important stuff to do than swan about looking at art and theatre all day? And then you answer yourself – well, certainly not all of us. Working in big buildings may be important, but will that always be the case? We need to always be mindful that in order to build those big buildings first we needed art. It is consciousness of art that provided the spark for civilisation itself. Still today, art helps to build cultures and communities from the ground up. Take a problem and introduce it to art. Now the problem has a context and meaning that can be understood by those other than you alone. From there we can at least look at it in one light, or another, and perhaps from there we can get on the road to a solution. Hey, maybe our minds will be opened, and where’s the harm in that? We can take cabaret artist Tommy Bradson (pictured) as a prime example to this point. There he is in 2010 as a down-and-out-in-Paris-and-London hermaphrodite whore/boxer in When the Sex is Gone. In 2011 we discover he has turned to outright piracy in Pirate Rhapsody, Mermaid Requiem at the Seymour Centre. Who would have thought? This is billed as: “poetic theatre that addresses the harsh undertones of love, betrayal, lust and passion. Combining song and spoken word, Bradson is accompanied by cello and piano. The trio takes the audience on a tumultuous journey that goes anywhere and everywhere. “ Good luck with that. Bradson certainly has an intense narrative style and rhythmic motion that is very watchable. >
DATELINE: SEPTEMBER 2011
> With a score by award-winning composer and Musical Director, John Thorn, Pirate Rhapsody, Mermaid Requiem brings Bradson’s melodic tone and his knack of interchanging between song, spoken word and audience interaction to mesmerising effect. The level of physical and emotional energy required to deliver such a performance is astounding enough in itself. The show is part of Sydney Fringe. Pirate Rhapsody, Mermaid Requieum, Seymour Centre Reginald Theatre (Downstairs), City Road Redfern. 10 Sep, 9pm; 13 – 17 Sep 13, 9pm.. Bookings phone (02) 9351 7940 or www.seymourcentre.com.au It’s art of a very different kind next, with floating sculptures, knitted toys and prettily embroidered machines. Thomas C. Chung and Amanda Humphries have created “art that alludes to the fabricated world, the game of chasing forever and fighting entropy.” Everything is experienced through play in All I Have I Hope To Keep, showing at Gallery Eight at Miller’s Point. It is the first part of a two part show that suggests ideas of the loneliness and detachment raised in an ever ‘sensation- simulated’ world. Where would you go with a crocheted hobbyhorse, sunglasses and a pair of binoculars? Oh and don’t forget to pack your knitted umbrella. There could possibly be imaginary rain or even a thunderstorm of birds and battleships to contend with on the way. Tell me; what adventures await within? Can you take anyone with you? And what happened while you were away?
We are quickly threading together alternative worlds to keep pace with the real one decaying, creating suspended timeless worlds that will never leave us. Thomas illustrates this through a child’s eyes using toys and creating fantasy worlds and objects that the child never belongs to, but rather experiences as an outsider, a voyeur. Amanda continues this play into adulthood, where primal otherness eventuates, until we are other to ourselves, extending our ‘self’ into the machine. Embroideries of machines sentimentally placed on the wall; the skeletal sculptures of toys placed besides; Amanda takes objects from nostalgic utopias and forgotten fantasies and plays with the idea of forever and progress. Her floating sculptures made with invisible thread also allude to that suspended, timeless world free from gravity and relativity, almost completely existential and free of form. Thomas keeps objects preserved in jars and knits away his fantasies, framing them as a modern still-life. Escapism is often used in his practice as a form of dealing with the feelings that one might want to suppress, especially when one is still a child. Dreams, indulgence and imagination are also key aspects to his stories behind their creations. All I Have I Hope To Keep, Gallery Eight Miller’s Point, 16 September – 6 October. SYDNEON was aided and abetted this month by Geoff Sirmai and Thomas C. Chung, and continues in next month’s issue of Trouble. We welcome your comments, party pics, performance and exhibition news, and invitations. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org Sydneon logo by Robert Pollard
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• Cowra Regional Art Gallery 77 Darling Street Cowra nSW 2794. Tues to Sat 10am - 4pm, Sun 2 - 4pm. Free admission. www.cowraartgallery.com.au
• At The Vanishing Point Inc. Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize Festival 2011 (MCaP’11). 3 exhibitions spanning 3 gallery spaces, $7000 in prizes. 2 – 18 September, Psycho/Active, BiLLie ROSe (solo showcase MCaP’10 winner), at The Vanishing Point, 565 king Street newtown. 9 – 25 September, MCaP’11 Finalist’s exhibition, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Pidcock Street Camperdown. 8 – 25 September, The MCaP’11 Fringe Dwellers, eSP Gallery, 228 illawarra Road, Marrickville. Free izzy ibis MCaP’11 rickshaw rides up for grabs. Send us a self-made joke that includes an ibis, an artist, and a packet of chips. 565 king Street newtown nSW 2042, Thur - Sun, 10am - 6pm. T: (02) 9519 2340, www.atthevanishingpoint.com.au
• ANU Drill Hall Gallery To 14 august: GeOFFReY De GROen; 18 august – 25 September: Abstraction. kingsley Street, acton aCT. T: (02) 6125 5832, www.anu.edu.au/mac/content/dhg
• QL2 Centre for Youth Dance Inc home of quantum Leap youth dance ensemble. qL2 has a 12 year track record of excellence in youth dance. it is home of quantum Leap: an auditioned youth dance ensemble; and to the Soft Landing program: assisting the best dance graduates to find their creative pathway. Gorman house arts Centre, ainslie avenue, Braddon aCT 2612. T: (02) 6247 3103 www.qL2.org.au
• National Gallery of Australia now showing: Out of the West - art of Western australia from the national collections. Out of the West is the first survey exhibition outside Western australia to present a large sample of Western australian art from pre-settlement until today. Works by established early artists, ROBeRT DaLe, ThOMaS TuRneR, and
• Art Gallery of New South Wales until 4 September The poetry of drawing: PreRaphaelite designs, studies and watercolours. 6 august to 6 november The mad square: modernity in German art 1910-1937. until 4 September DAVID ASPDEN: the colour of music and space. until 18 September TRACEY MOFFATT: Up in the Sky. until 3 May 2012 new contemporary galleries featuring the John kaldor Family Collection. art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney nSW 2000. T: (02) 9225 1744, www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au
• Hawkesbury Regional Gallery until 16 October: Art Express. Mon - Fri 10am 4pm, Sat and Sun 10am - 3pm, (Closed Tues and public holidays), Free admission. Deerubbin Centre -1st Floor, 300 George Street Windsor 2756. T: (02) 4560 4441. F: (02) 4560 4442, www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au ACT kaThLeen O’COnnOR, as well as those by more recent artists such as heRBeRT MCCLinTOCk, eLiSe BLuMann, and RODneY GLiCk, will be shown, alongside significant works by many less familiar names. until 6th november 2011: Fred Williams – Infinite Horizons. FReD WiLLiaMS is one of australia’s greatest painters. he created a highly original and distinctive way of seeing the australian landscape and was passionate about the painting process itself. This is the first major retrospective of Williams’s work in over 25 years and highlights Williams’s strength as a painter. Open daily 10am - 5pm. Parkes Place, Parkes, Canberra 2600. T: (02) 6240 6411, www.nga.gov.au.
• PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery 25 aug – 11 Sept JOCELYN ROSEN: Night and Day, and in the Multimedia Room - AMY MILLS: No More Tears. 15 Sept – 1 Oct CHRIS MORRISON: Majestic. Photoaccess huw Davies Gallery, Manuka arts Centre, Manuka Circle Griffith aCT. Tuesday to Friday 10am to 4pm, weekends 12 noon to 4pm. T: (03) 6295 7810; www.photoaccess.org.au
APPLICATIONS CLOSE 30 September 2011 UNDERGRADUATE COURSES Acting (Acting or Music Theatre stream) Production | Design | Costume | Properties POSTGRADUATE COURSES Directing | Playwriting For more information www.nida.edu.au email@example.com 02 9697 7614
• Devonport Regional Gallery 3 September – 2 October, opening Friday 2 September, 6pm Main Gallery and The Little Gallery JuLie GOuGh: Rivers Run. in Conversation with Julie Gough, Saturday 3 September, 11am. Open Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun and pub hols 12 - 5pm. 45 Stewart Street, Devonport, Tasmania 7310. e: artgallery@ devonport.tas.gov.au T: (03) 6424 8296, www. devonportgallery.com
• Inflight ARI The UR Phenomenon iOna JOhnSOn and niCOLe O’LOuGhLin. Opens Friday 2 September, 6pm. exhibition runs 3 – 24 September. Gallery hours: Wed - Sat 1 - 5pm. 100 Goulburn Street, hobart. www.inflightart.com.au • Inka Gallery Inc. Studio Sale 8 – 28 September 2011. 16/77 Salamanca Place, hobart. T: (03) 6223 3663 www.inkagalleryhobart.blogspot.com; www.inkagallery.org.au • MONA, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart ancient, modern and contemporary art. Monanism becomes the permanent collection evolving over time. Some pieces are moving or going, others are staying. Forever. Like Sidney nolan’s Snake (1970 – 1972). Experimenta Utopia Now, until 3 Oct. a hands-on exhibition showcasing more than 30 interactive and moving image artworks. From 4 Oct, $20 adult entry fee for non-residents of Tasmania. Open 10am to
6pm, closed Tuesdays. Food, bars, winery, microbrewery, accommodation, bookshop and library. 655 Main Road Berriedale, Tasmania, 7011. T: (03) 62779999, www.mona.net.au • Salamanca Arts Centre 2 – 30 September, Lightbox Gallery: Psyence, installation by MiCheLLe Lee GOPaL; 3 – 10 September, Long Gallery: White on Black, photographs by GeRaRD hORSMan; 13 – 19 September, Long Gallery: Open Doors, works by uTaS Painting and Printmaking Society members; 15 September – 1 October, Sidespace Gallery: Nature’s Garden, photographs by ROSanne BenDeR, ViCTORia henDeRSOn and ROBin ROBeRTS; 22 September – 1 October, Long Gallery: Flight, anna WiLLiaMS, aLiCe BenneTT, SaRah MiTCheL, ROBBie BuRROWS and WenDY eDWaRDS. 77 Salamanca Place, hobart. T: (03) 6234 8414; e: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.salarts.org.au • Tassie, Tassie, Tassie We love you Tasmania. Do you love us? Please love us. Trouble is really good. We realise that the promise of getting into Trouble can be a little confronting at first, but a lotta lotta people really like it, a lot, so maybe it isn’t as bad an idea as it may seem initially. it’s actually kinda cool ... well, really cool, actually. You can even write rubbish like this for only $4 per line so who wouldn’t want to give it a go? e: listings@ introuble.com.au
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DATELINE: SEPTEMBER 2011
by Courtney Symes
It’s hard to believe that it’s been a decade since the September 11 Twin Towers terrorist attacks. Many people still clearly remember where they were and what they doing when New York’s worst nightmare unfolded. As I write this, London is still reeling after several days of riots, the value of the sharemarket has plummeted and we’re all staring down the barrel of a national carbon tax. Whilst doom and gloom threatens our little Melbourne bubble, Melbourne city continues to do what she does best - put on a festival. Melbourne’s 2011 Fringe Festival will consist of a staggering 4000 artists, performers, designers and makers at 120 Melbourne locations from 21 September until 9 October. Now in its 29th year, the festival boasts an action-packed program of events. Made by Melbourne is a festival highlight, consisting of a series of free cultural events such as Fringe Furniture, The Fringe Hub, Club and The Warren, Crowd Play and Atlas, that offer something for everyone. Fringe Furniture is an established annual exhibition showcasing the latest in furniture design; The Fringe Hub, Club and The Warren are key venues where an extensive program of new works will be held; Crowd Play is a community event set to take place at three locations throughout the festival and Atlas will consist of a series of new installations from three local artists. www.melbournefringe.com.au Works from artists such as Mike Parr, Jill Orr, Judith Wright, Philip Brophy, Jon Campbell, Rose Farrell and many others are featured in Black Box<>White Cube, a free exhibition exploring contemporary Australian performance art at The Arts Centre, Southbank. Curator, Dr Steven Tonkin’s diverse selection of works encompassing film, music, dance, theatre and photography makes for an intriguing exhibition. Runs until 25 September. www.theartscentre.com.au
Bronek KÓZKA, Chinese restaurant:The Chef (detail) 2011, archival pigment print, 95 x 95cm.
Monash University Museum of Art presents three new exhibitions this month: The Moral Meaning of Wilderness, Collected Collaborations and The Devil Had a Daughter. The Moral Meaning of Wilderness is a showcase of recent work from Juan Davila, who explores the environment through landscape and history painting. Davila’s works have been created en plain air - a pre-modern technique that involves swiftly creating the piece in situ. Large canvases – which are typical of history painting – have also been used for many of Davila’s works. >
> Brad Haylock (catalogue essayist) believes that “In the present moment, we are witnessing an international surge in the popularity of artists’ books and independent publishing, a trend that fetishises printed matter and which is accordingly yielding a glut of uncritical and self-congratulatory titles.” This trend has resulted in collaboration between the Redrawing Collective and OSW (Open Spatial Workshop). The Redrawing Collective, established in 2005, consists of Ben Harper, Fiona Macdonald, Alex Martinis Roe, Thérèse Mastroiacovo and Spiros Panigirakis. Members of the OWS group, Terri Bird, Bianca Hester and Scott Mitchell have been working together since 2002. Initially working independently, both groups have come together to validate their artist’s book project by critically answering the question “why publish?” The Devil Had a Daughter is a printmaking initiative created by Monash University of Art Curator, Kirrily Hammond. The show was developed to coincide with the Printmaking Conference, IMPACT 7: Intersections & Counterpoints hosted by Monash University’s Faculty of Art and Design, 27 – 30 September. The exhibition will consist of print media inspired by the artist’s book, performance, architectural installations, found printed material, as well as traditional print techniques that will explore the role of printmaking in contemporary art. Featured artists include Pat Brassington, Tony Garifalakis, Jason Greig, Petr Herel, Dylan Martorell, David Noonan, Mike Parr, Stuart Ringholt and Sally Smart. All shows run until 1 October. - www.monash.edu.au ...and Europe will be stunned is Yael Bartana’s latest series of films at ACCA until 25 September. Bartana’s film trilogy, including Mary Koszmary (2007), Mur i wieża (2009) and Zamach (Assassination) is a fictional account of a Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland. The story follows the journey of Slawomir Sierakowski (a left wing activist), who is determined to restore his homeland. Bartana explains that “This is a universal presentation of the impossibility of living together. These are mechanisms and situations which can be observed anywhere in the world. I quote the past, the time of Socialist utopia, youthfulness and optimism – when there was a project of constructing a modernist idea of a new world.” Touching on themes such as Zionist dreams, the Holocaust and anti-Semitism, Bartana also references 1950s propaganda in her works. Bartana leaves viewers wondering if this is just an artistic fantasy, or if there really is the possibility of this movement occurring in Poland in the future.
David Rosetky’s How to Feel is a film commissioned by ACCA that examines our social relationships and the effects of reality TV and social media on our public and private lives. Coordinating curator Charlotte Day explains that “How to Feel provides an insightful portrait of a more relative, fractured and proliferating self, acutely affected by our environment and the people that surround us”. Rosetsky’s theory is translated via a cinema-scale video project featuring Elizabeth Nabben, Stephen Phillips, Nicole Nabout, John Shrimpton,Yesse Spence and Miles Szanto with dramaturg by Margaret Cameron, choreography by Stephanie Lake, cinematography by Katie Milwright and sound design/composition by J.David Franzke. What begins as a “studio-based therapy/exercise workshop” develops throughout the day as deeper feelings and personalities are divulged. Runs until 25 September. www.acca.com.au Bronek Kózka’s latest exhibition at MARS Gallery explores the concept of memory and remembered moments. Kózka explains that “In our lives we often attempt to document all aspects of our lives, snapping photos, recording videos and now, endlessly posting our activities and whereabouts on Facebook and the like. The thought of losing our memories and our history terrifies us. In losing these memories, we fear losing who we are”. Like a scene from a film or a fragment of a dream, Kózka’s photographs of “suburban landscapes” feature characters and settings that are part of a greater story. “These photographs are partly truth and partly myth and they explore how memory can confuse, and also assure one’s construct of a story.” There is an appealing ambiguity - “night or day, dream or reality” - in Kózka’s work that encourages the viewer to draw their own conclusions and fill in the gaps. Featuring scenes and objects from everyday life, John Scurry’s works are approachable and down-to-earth. In his latest exhibition at MARS Gallery many of his pieces are contemporary still-life interpretations, featuring subjects such as potted plants and tables scattered with an array of objects including fruit, crockery and even shoes. His work is honest and pure – what you see is what you get. However, Scurry’s choice and combination of the objects featured maintain a human connection i.e. shoes, a bag, or a pot plant that someone cares for. Whilst people generally don’t feature in his works, the viewer is left with unanswered questions – “who do these items belong to?” and “why have they been left there?” Bronek Kózka’s and John Scurry’s exhibitions run until 18 September. www.marsgallery.com.au melburnin’ logo by Ryan Ford
• Alcove Art Shop unique hand crafted gifts. Proudly sponsored by Box hill Community arts Centre and City of Whitehorse. www.alcoveartshop.org.au • Box Hill Community Arts Centre 30 august – 4 September Whitehorse Men’s Shed; 7 – 15 September heritage Week exhibition – Box hill Community arts Centre Coming of Age; 20 – 29 September alrassa art Group. 470 Station Street Box hill. T: (03) 9895 8888, bhcac.com.au • Whitehorse Art Space 6 – 24 September 2011, Young Views of Old Box Hill. Organised by the Box hill historical Society inc. to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the naming of Box hill. Talented young photographers contribute images of local architecture and monuments together with some wise ‘old’ faces. Meet the artists for an award presentation Saturday 10 September 2pm – 3pm. Booking is essential for this free event. T: (03) 9262 6250. Tues and Fri 10am - 3pm, Wed and Thurs 9am - 5pm, Saturday noon - 4pm. T: (03) 9262 6250, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box hill ViC 3128, www.boxhilltownhall.com.au
• Brunswick Arts Space Bag of Trains by COLLeen JOneS and aLiSTeR kaRL. 22 – 25 Sept, opening Fri 23 Sept, 6-9pm. The Distance Collective, opening Fri 30 Sept, 6-9pm. 2a Little Breese Street, Brunswick. Thu - Fri 2-6pm, Sat - Sun 12-5pm. www.brunswickarts.com.au • Counihan Gallery in Brunswick until 2 October: Footprints: an exhibition of works by 16 printmakers from Castlemaine and Central Victoria that explore the impact of human presence on the natural environment. artists: JeReMY BaRReTT, kiM BaRTeR, Diana ORinDa BuRnS, LiZ CaFFin, DaViD FRaZeR, ROBYn GiBSOn, JaCkie GORRinG, ROBYn haSSaLL, JuDY JOneS, kiR LaRWiLL, Jane MaRRiOTT, Jan PaLeThORPe, CaTheRine PiLGRiM, MeLiSSa PROPOSCh, heLen SeLiGMan and CLaYTOn TReMLeTT. (map ref 1-D) 233 Sydney Road, Brunswick 3056 (next to Brunswick Town hall). T: (03) 9389 8622, F: (03) 9387 4048, e: counihangallery@ moreland.vic.gov.au Gallery open Wed-Sat 11am to 5pm, Sun 1pm to 5pm. Closed public
• Deakin University Art Gallery 14 September to 22 October: Geelong ReImagined and Observed Works from the West Coast by Jan SenBeRGS. This exhibition celebrates the acquisition of a major work by renowned artist Jan Senbergs, for the Deakin university art Collection. The exhibition reveals Senbergs’ longstanding preoccupation with Victoria’s West Coast. Like an inventor and navigator, Senbergs combines imaginary conceptions of landscape with the world as it rolls out before his eyes. Gallery hours 10am 4pm Tuesday to Friday, 1 - 5pm Saturday. Closed Public holidays, Free entry. 221 Burwood hwy, Burwood 3125. T: (03) 9244 5344; F: (03) 9244 5254, e: email@example.com; www.deakin.edu.au/art-collection
• La Mama at La Mama Theatre, 205 Faraday Street: until 11 Sept, Medea of Baghdad by aLi aLiZaDeh; 1 – 11 Sept, Future Of The Species by MauDe DaVeY; from 15 Sept, Black Box 149, by R.JOhnS; from 21 Sept Appalling Behaviour, by STePhen hOuSe. at La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond Street: 2 – 10 Sept, The Great Journey, inspired by Dario Fo, by FOnDaZiOne aiDa (Verona); from 14 Sept, At The Sans Hotel, by niCOLa Gunn; 3 – 9 Sept, Pinocchio, by FOnDaZiOne aiDa; from 24 Sept, Finius Flume & The Fabulous Fandangle Factory (La Mama For kids) Bookings T: (03) 9347 6142 or www. lamama.com.au
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• Off the Kerb 16 Sep – 7 Oct Kill your Idols STePhen BakeR; Dining with Cordyceps JODie GOLDRinG; Meditations kaTe GOLDinG. Opening Friday 16 Sept, 6pm-9pm. 66B Johnston Street Collingwood 3066. www.offthekerb.com.au • Presence and Absence Works on paper by CaTheRine BainBRiDGe and JuDY DaRBY, 17 – 29 September, 11am - 6pm daily, Collingwood Gallery, 292 Smith Street, Collingwood 3066. • Where are the rest of you Collingwoods? You could be in Trouble yourself for only $4 per line. e: firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote.
• Walker Street Gallery 5 – 26 august 2011 Video projection Pressure by kOSaR MaJani shown nightly. Main gallery closed for renovation during September. 9 October at 2pm a free concert by GeORGe kaMikaWa and nORikO TaDanO. Opening 9 October at 3.30pm The Shadow Stage by POLiXeni PaPaPeTROu, and video projection nightly from 9 October, under water by Jane BuRTOn.Walker St
Gallery, Cnr Walker and Robinson Streets Dandenong 3175. Mon - Fri 11am to 5pm, Sat 11am to 3pm. Closed Sunday and public holidays. T: (03) 9706 8441, F: (03) 9706 7651, e: email@example.com www.greaterdandenong.com
• Hunt Club Community Arts Centre Galleries 13 august to 24 September Look, look and look again: picture book characters in close-up a touring exhibition from Dromkeen national Centre for Picture Book art. Centre open MonThurs 9am - 7.30pm, Fri 9am - 4.30pm, Sat 9am -12.30pm. Closed Public holidays. 775 Ballarat Road, Deer Park (Melway 25, F8) T: (03) 9249 4600 e: firstname.lastname@example.org www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/arts
• Manningham Gallery Villa Maria: Our Community, Our World 14 September – 1 October. Manningham Gallery, 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster 3108. Open Tuesday to Friday 11am to 5pm, Saturday 2 to 5pm. e: email@example.com; www.manningham.vic.gov.au/gallery
CALL FOR ENTRIES Arts Victoria and fortyfivedownstairs invites Victorian based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to submit works for the 2012 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards. All pre-selected artworks will be exhibited in a high profile exhibition at fortyfivedownstairs from 10-31 March 2012.
Entry to this prestigious award is free and artists may enter up to four artworks. The deadline for entries is 5pm, 28 October 2011. Enter online at: www.arts.vic.gov.au/viaaentry Contact us for more info: 03 9662 9966, firstname.lastname@example.org www.indigenousartawards.com.au
• The Johnston Collection House Museum and Gallery Fairhall: Fair Hall To Glad Parlour: The Flower, Its Beauty and Meaning In Art and Ornament, 4 July – 19 October. explores the social and cultural histories of botanical motifs through their representation on objects in William Johnston’s Collection. Gallery: The Garden of Ideas, 4 July – 21 October. an australian Garden history national Touring exhibition exploring historical styles of gardens and gardenmaking through literature, art and architecture. Bookings essential: T (03) 9416 2515, www.johnstoncollection.org
• Eltham Library Community Gallery until the 5 of September Layers by SieGLinDe eLke eDWaRD. 8 September – 3 October Wishing for a cold climate by JaCqueLine FeLSTeaD. hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-8.30pm, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm. Panther Pl, eltham, Melway 21 J5.
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• Climate Cycles exhibition for Melbourne Fringe Festival Digital media installation by MiCheLLe COX. at Rue de Fleurus Bar, 153 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, 3065. exhibition: 21 Sep – 9 Oct, Mon-Fri, 5am-2am. Opening: Thursday Sep 22, 6-8pm. artist talk: Thursday Oct 6, 7:308:15pm. e: email@example.com, michellecox28.wordpress.com • Colour Factory Gallery Everyone feels something, even if it’s nothing by TODD anDeRSOn-kuneRT. exhibition dates: 1 September – 1 October. Opening night: 1 September, 6-8pm. 409 - 429 Gore Street, Fitzroy 3065. T: (03) 9419 8756, F: (03) 9417 5637. Gallery hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 6pm, Sat 1 - 4pm. e: Gallery@colourfactory.com.au, http:// www.colourfactory.com.au/gallery/
• The Dog Theatre in residence at Footscray Town hall, cnr hyde and napier Sts (continuation of Footscray Road). Fringe Festival 2011 Season Opens 21 Sept – 8 Oct. Wed - Sat / Bar Opens 6pm. eTheL ChOP & ChuMS and The anT FaRM ORCheSTRa, Unpack This!, with GeOFF Paine, ROSS DanieLS, SYD BRiSBane and MiCheLLe nuSSeY. Home Stretch: TOM DaVieS, directed by JOhn BOLTOn. Rentokil: written by BaRRY DiCkinS, directed by PeTa COY, with ChRiS PaLFRaMan. Coral Browne, a photographic exhibition of the life and times of one of Footscray’s finest! To find out times, and book online go to www.thedogtheatre.com or www.melbournefringe.com.au or T: (03) 9660 9666 • Magnani Papers Australia Beautiful fine art papers for printmaking, painting and drawing. Mention this Trouble ad and get 10% off! 40 Buckley Street Footscray 3011. T: (03) 9689 5660, www.magnani.com.au e: firstname.lastname@example.org
• TarraWarra Museum of Art Boundary Line 6 august 2011 – 2 October 2011. Featuring works from the TWMa collection and selected loans, this exhibition explores the divergent ways in which artists have examined and represent the boundary line between the man-made and natural worlds. TarraWarra Museum of art, 311 healesville-Yarra Glen Road, healesville ViC, 3777 www.twma.com.au
• Banyule Arts Space Unravelled, artists’ books and typographical prints from the Banyule art Collection, 22 Sept – 12 Oct. Banyule arts Space 14 ivanhoe Pde, ivanhoe, ViC. Wed to Sat: 11am–5pm. Curated by CLaiRe WaTSOn. T: (03) 9457 9851
• McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park australia’s leading Sculpture Park and Gallery. 21 august to 30 October. Dreamweavers, a Gippsland art Gallery and neTS Victoria Touring exhibition, The Syndicate: a Sculpture installation by SiMOn GiLBY, an art On The Move Touring exhibition and JOhn FaRMeR: Landscapes and Vignettes. 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin (Mel. Ref. 103 e3 only 45 min from St kilda!) T: (03) 9789 1671. Gallery hours: Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm (entry by donation). McClelland Gallery Café, Tues - Sun 10am - 4.30pm. Guided Tours: Wed and Thurs 11am and 2pm, and Sat and Sun Sculpture Park at 2pm. Prior bookings highly recommended. e: email@example.com, www.mcclellandgallery.com
• Ballarat International Foto Biennale Looking for salvation? Well the Ballarat international Foto Biennale may not be the best
Lloyd Shield Cathedrals of Industry: A Photographic Exhibition until 23 September large format captured images, hand crafted silver gelatin prints image: Lloyd Shield, Hanging In Balance (John Darling & Son Flour Mill) 2010, silver gelatin photographic print on ﬁbre-based paper selenium toned.
Incinerator Gallery Wed – Sun, 11am-4pm 180 Holmes Road, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039 T: (03) 8325 1750 www.incineratorgallery.com.au
place to look. But if photography is your passion, don’t miss BIFB’11. 20 aug – 18 Sep 2011. www.ballaratfoto.org • Blindside Artist Run Space To 3 Sept: Speed of Light – TaMSin GReen. Sortie – CLaiRe anna WaTSOn. 8 – 10 Sept (opening 8 Sept, 6-8pm): Showstoppers – an art event focused on performance work, curated by eLiSe MuRPhY. 14 Sept to 1 Oct (opening 15 Sept, 6-8pm): Metamorphose – heLVi aPTeD. nicholas Building, 714/37 Swanston Street (enter via Cathedral arcade lifts, cnr Flinders Ln), Melbourne. hours: Tue to Sat 12 - 6pm. T: (03) 9650 0093, www.blindside.org.au • fortyfivedownstairs Café Scheherazade, by TheReSe RaDiC, directed by BaGRYana POPOV based on the novel by aRnOLD ZaBLe, 20 august – 11 September, theatre; Piano Recital, by TRiSTan Lee, 7.30pm 5 September, music; Melting by JO DanieLL, 6 – 17 September, photography; Exploitation and Longing, group exhibition, 20 September – 1 October, printmaking; Watercolour, by DinG LiRen, presented by MeOu art, 20 September – 1 October, painting; Four Play, by SeRGi BeLBeL, directed by SCOTT GOODinG, 30 September – 9 October, theatre. 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, 3000. T: (03) 9662 9966; www.fortyfivedownstairs.com
• Level 17 Artspace @ Victoria University 6 – 30 September: IMPACT7: Text (as) Image. Curator kirsten Rann. artists include: BROOk anDReW (auS), PeTeR BuRke (auS), anGeLa CaVaLieRi (auS), ChRiSTOPheR hanRahan (auS), BRiDGeT hiLLeBRanD (auS), DaniuS keSMinaS (auS), BaRBaRa kRuGeR (uSa), RiChaRD LeWeR (auS), Mike PaRR (auS), SiMOn PeRiCiCh, (auS) MaTT ShannOn (auS), heaTheR B SWann (auS) and iManTS TiLLeRS (auS). IMPACT7: Coded Moments. artist: SiMOn O’CaLLaGhan (uk). Gallery hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Free entry. Level 17 artspace, Victoria university City Campus, (map ref 14-D), 17/300 Flinders Street Melbourne Vic 3000. Gallery Director/Curator: kirsten Rann. T: (03) 9919 1931, e: firstname.lastname@example.org, W: http://creativeindustries.vu.edu.au/level17.html • Matt Irwin Photographic Gallery exhibition Deep Field: through the medium of drawing, Melbourne artist aRTMan is producing sophisticated, high-concept, fashionable, contemporary fine-art pictures. 30 Sept - 14 Oct (opening night 30 Sept 6-8pm)at Matt irwin Photography Gallery, Shop 4, 239 Flinders Lane (enter via Scott al) www.mattirwin.com • RMIT Gallery 2 September – 5 november Space invaders: australian . street . stencils . posters . pasteups . zines . stickers. Drawn entirely from the collection of the national Gallery of australia, the first australian institution to have collected this type of work, this exhibition surveys the past 10 years of australian street art. Featuring over 100 works by more than 40 australian artists, this exhibition celebrates the energy of street-based creativity recognising street stencils, posters, paste-ups, zines and stickers as comprising a recent chapter in the development of australian prints and drawings. This exhibition is supported by the Contemporary Touring initiative through Visions of Australia, an australian Government program, and the Visual arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the australian Government and state and territory governments. The Cultural Partner for Space invaders: australian . street . stencils . posters . paste-ups . zines . stickers is newacton/nishi and Molonglo Group. The exhibition is also supported by Special Media Partner Triple J. artists aeOn,
aZLan, BYRD, CiViL, DLuX!, JaMeS DODD, aDRian DOYLe, GhOSTPaTROL, haha, MiSha hOLLenBaCh, JuMBO, aSh keaTinG, LiSTeR, MakaTROn, MaRCSTa, Meek, MeGGS, Mini GRaFF, MiSO, MOnkeY, nuROk, OkiPa, PhiBS, PRiSM, PROOF, PSaLM, RekS, ROne, Dan SiBLeY, ROBeRT SiM, SiXTen, aL STaRk, SYnC, TWOOne, VeXTa, XeRO, YOk, ZaP. Public Program 2 September 11-12 noon: curator’s talk with JakLYn BaBinGTOn, assistant Curator, international Prints, Drawings and illustrated Books, national Gallery of australia; 26 – 30 September: The Graffiti Wall, a public art project curated by VaneSSa GeRRanS, with artists naiLS, TWOOne and aL STaRk. Location, opposite RMiT Gallery, off Little LaTrobe Street. enquire at Gallery reception for map. 26 September, 12-1pm: Vandals or Vanguards? Street art Seminar, moderator Jaklyn Babington, with eloise Peace, Sticky institute, naiLS, CiViL and JuMBO. 6 October 11-12 noon: Free Seniors Festival morning tea and live printing event with Twoone. Seniors only please. Bookings for all events essential. (03) 9925 1717. 2 September – 5 november TaTe aDaMS. now in his 80s, Townsville-based printmaker Tate adams aM shows no sign of slowing down. adams has adopted gouache as his favoured medium, leaving behind the intricacies of the woodblock. This exhibition showcases a broad spectrum of work from one of australia’s most acclaimed printmakers. Public Program 29 September, 11.30-12.30pm: floor talk with curator Vanessa Gerrans and print specialists Frances Thomson and Professor Jenny Zimmer. includes morning tea. Free, but bookings essential. RMiT Gallery: 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000. T: (03) 9925 1717 F: (03) 9925 1738. e: email@example.com. auwww.rmit.edu.au/rmitgallery. Free admission. Lift access. Mon-Fri 11am to 5pm, Sat 12.00 to 5pm, closed Sun and public holidays. note: Open for RMiT Open Day Sunday 14 august 12-4 pm. Become a Fan of the Gallery on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter@RMiTGallery. • RMIT Painting Fundraising Auction Friday 9 September, viewing from 4pm, auction at 6pm. Open Space Gallery, 97 Franklin Street,
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• Incinerator Gallery LLOYD ShieLD, Cathedrals of Industry: a photographic exhibition celebrating the industrial heritage west of the Yarra, 17 august to 23 September. Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-4pm. incinerator Gallery, 180 holmes Road, Moonee Ponds ViC 3039. T: (03) 8325 1750, e: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.incineratorgallery.com.au
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• Artgallop Gallery Shop September Our Diverse Country entries invited. november Competition Painted Pets entries $10. Life Drawing 1st and 3rd Saturday mornings. quaker Barn 3a Reservoir Rd. T: (03) 87904756. e: email@example.com www.artgallop.net
• Arts Project Australia Detours through abstraction, exhibition 23 July – 7 Sep 2011. Curated and opened by aLeX BakeR, Senior Curator, Contemporary art, national Gallery of Victoria. Featured artists in this exhibition choose a variety of abstract approaches, or explore the unsteady ground on which abstraction has always found itself, even if these approaches are simply detours en route to another destination. Participating artists STeVen aSquiTh, JOhn BaTeS, BORiS CiPuSeV, TOnY GaRiFaLakiS,
JuLian MaRTin, kiTTY nORSTeR, ReBeCCa SCiBiLia and kaTe SMiTh. Fresh off the press. Opening Sat 10 Sep 2011, 3-5pm. exhibition 10 Sep – 15 Oct 2011. Curated by JakOB SChMiTT & Ben WaLSh. This collection of work is a vibrant mix of figurative, landscape and abstraction, each displaying their individual beauty. as the title suggests, the work offers a freshness that only occurs when a high level of sophistication is coupled with a deep exploration of the medium. Participating artists include VaLeRiO CiCCOne, PauL hODGeS, CaMeROn nOBLe, JODie nOBLe, STeVen PeRReTTe, LiSa ReiD, FiOna TaYLOR, TeRRY WiLLiaMS amongst others. Dionne Canzano Solo. Opening Sat 10 Sep 2011, 3-5pm. exhibition 10 Sep – 15 Oct 2011. utilising veils of blended colours, punctuated by sensitive use of line, DiOnne CanZanO’s pastels on paper express an ephemeral quality. her works often convey a wildness and strength that focuses on subjects close to her heart including; elvis Presley, the Collingwood Magpies as well as various animals. Gallery hours: Mon to Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-1pm. Location and contact details: arts Project australia, 24 high Street northcote Victoria 3070. T: (03) 9482 4484 F: (03) 9482 1852 e: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.artsproject. org.au For artwork enquiries and appointments please contact arts Project australia gallery.
• one hundredth gallery For everyone new to art. Dedicated to aspiring and emerging artists. now taking applications. www.100thgallery.com
• ACCA - Australian Centre for Contemporary Art 9 august – 25 September, 2011 YaeL BaRTana ...and Europe will be stunned. an exhibition of video work by israeli artist Yael Bartana, who represented Poland in the 2011 Venice Biennale. The exhibition will include the third and final film in Bartana’s Polish trilogy, Zamach (Assassination), which explores the possibility of a Jewish renaissance in Poland, as well as her earlier two films Mary Koszmary (2007) and Mur i wieża (2009). David Rosetzky How To Feel. Leading australian artist David Rosetsky presents a new, cinema-scale video project in aCCa’s exhibition hall. How To Feel brings together a diverse group of people involved in a studio-based therapy and exercise workshop. Over the course of a single day, confidences are shared, personality traits discussed and reflected upon, and repressed emotions and vulnerabilities revealed. Cast: eLiZaBeTh naBBen, STePhen PhiLLiPS, niCOLe naBOuT, JOhn ShRiMPTOn, YeSSe SPenCe, MiLeS SZanTO. Dramaturg: MaRGaReT CaMeROn. Choreographer: STePhanie Lake. Cinematographer: kaTie MiLWRiGhT. Sound design and composition: J.DaViD FRanZke. australian Centre for Contemporary art, 111 Sturt Street, Southbank. Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday 10am 5pm. Weekends 11am - 6pm. Mondays by appointment. T: (03) 9697 9999. admission: Free. www.accaonline.org.au
• Burrinja Gallery Stories of Song and Dance – Performance and the Burrinja Collection. Rare ceremonial objects from new Guinea and dance boards from the kimberley, until 16 Oct. Dream World of Creative Constructions. Works by artists with disabilities showcasing their ability to dream and create, until 11 Sep. aLiDa LeeReVeLD: Steeds Voorwaarts (Always Further) – A Retrospective. From 15 Sep. Cnr Glenfern Rd and Matson Dr. Tue to Sun 10.30am - 4pm. T: (03) 9754 8723. www.burrinja.org.au
• Monash Gallery of Art (MGA) Special exhibition and Wilbow Galleries, In the Spotlight: anTOn BRuehL photographs 1920s-1950s, until 11 September 2011. William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2011, 15 September–16 October 2011. Wilbow Gallery, Transcendence: photographs by DaViD STePhenSOn, 15 September – 16 October 2011. Focus Gallery, A Second Glance: responding to the MGa Collection, Melbourne Girls Grammar School Fundraiser, until 18 September 2011. Focus Gallery, Displaced images of distant objects: iZaBeLLa PLuTa, 21 September – 16 October 2011. Monash Gallery of art, 860 Ferntree Gully Road (cnr Jells and Ferntree Gully Roads), Wheelers hill 3150. Director: Shaune Lakin. Tues - Fri 10am to 5pm, Sat - Sun 12 to 5pm, Closed Mon. Gallery gift shop, Lamp Café and sculpture park. T: (03) 8544 0500, e:email@example.com; www.mga.org.au
• The Baldessin Press and Studio artists / writers retreats, workshops, studio access etc in tranquil bushland 50 kms from Melbourne. T (03) 97101350, www.baldessinpress.com • Ballarat International Foto Biennale interested in Mongolian throat singing? Well the Ballarat international Foto Biennale may not be your cup of tea. But if photography is, don’t miss BIFB’11. until 18 Sep 2011. www.ballaratfoto.org
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• Geelong Gallery Reflections of the soul – Chinese contemporary ink wash painting until 11 September. A print gift, 10 September to 5 February 2012. 2011 Geelong acquisitive print awards, 17 September to 20 november. Shell arts – Geelong region artists program Out of darkness, into the light: SiMOn BenZ, 10 September to 16 October. Little Malop Street, Geelong. T: (03) 5229 3645, www.geelonggallery. org.au, Free entry. Open daily 10am to 5pm. • Geelong Performing Arts Centre Tuckers Musical Mornings presents DeniSe DRYSDaLe, 31 august and 1 September, Playhouse. Central Geelong Marketing’s Family
gippsland • Kerrie Warren, Abstract Expressionist kerriewarren.com.au & kerriewarrendesigns.com.au • Gecko Studio Gallery MaLCOLM PeTTiGROVe - Root & Branch - the Trees of Brown Valley, pen drawings, until 17 September. POINTS of VIEW - a group show by students of ManDY Gunn in a variety of media - 18 September to 15 October. Opening Sunday 18 September from 2-5pm. Open 10am5pm, Thur to Mon. Gecko Studio Gallery, 15 Falls Road, Fish Creek, Vic 3959 T: (03) 5683 2481; e: email@example.com; www.geckostudiogallery.com.au
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Magic presents My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch, Sat 3 Sept at 12pm and 2.30pm, Playhouse. alcoa Theatre Season presents Namatjira, 8 – 10 Sept, Playhouse. Shaken + Stirred presents Often I Find That I Am Naked, 23 – 24 Sept, Drama Theatre. 50 Lt Malop Street Geelong. info and tickets online at www.gpac.org.au or phone T: (03) 5225 1200. Find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/geelongperformingartscentre • Metropolis Gallery 7 – 17 September Namatjira: Regeneration. 64 Ryrie Street Geelong 3220. T: (03) 5221 6505. Director: Robert avitabile. www.metropolisgallery.com.au EASTERN VIC • Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale until 11 September WiLLiaM DeLaFieLD COOk – A Survey is the first major survey exhibition of one of australia’s most distinguished artists in over two decades. until 11 September CLauDe JOneS – Chimera. 3 September to 23 October Alexander Knox – Dark Star. Dark Star presents a range of recent works, ranging from light installations to large-scale sculptures by Melbourne based artist aLeXanDeR knOX. 17 September to 13 november Nicholas Chevalier – Australian Odyssey. niChOLaS CheVaLieR (1828-1902) was one of australia’s foremost colonial artists. Australian Odyssey is the first ever survey of his australian works, presenting over one hundred paintings, sketches and lithographs, including many works never before publicly exhibited. Gippsland art Gallery, Sale, 68 Foster Street Sale ViC 3850. T: (03) 5142 3372 F: (03) 5142 3373. Open: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat - Sun 12 - 4pm. For public holidays hours visit our website. Director, anton Vardy. e: firstname.lastname@example.org www.wellington.vic.gov.au/gallery • Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale – Maffra Exhibition Space until 1 October Red – paintings by PeTeR aDaMS, explore the inner world of an artist who is deaf. Maffra exhibition Space, 150 Johnson Street, Maffra Open Mon and Wed - Fri 10am - 6pm, Sat 10am - 12pm, Closed Tues and Sun. enquiries to Gippsland art Gallery, Sale T: (03) 5142 3372.
PREVIOUS SPREAD: Jan SenBeRGS, Coastal settlement (detail) 2008, acrylic on linen, 169 x 216 cm. Private collection, Melbourne. image courtesy the artist and niagara Galleries. Photographer: Mark ashkanasy. Geelong Re-Imagined and Observed Works from the West Coast, Deakin university art Gallery, 221 Burwood hwy, Burwood (ViC), 14 September – 22 October. 1. Chim↑Pom, Black of Death, a documentation of a performance that took place through central Tokyo and purposely gathered a murder of crows. Part of Mildura Palimpsest #8, kar-Rama Motel Project, Mildura, 9 – 11 September. 2. Geoff TODD, Pink Sita 2003, hand coloured silk-screen on canvas, 7/75, 84 x 78 cm. Private Pop: Prints, Multiples, Ephemera and Paintings by Geoff Todd, ararat Regional art Gallery, Town hall, Vincent Street, ararat (ViC), 11 august – 25 September.
PREVIOUS SPREAD: 3. Belinda FOX, Finding my way home – II (detail) 2010, large scale print installation. Finding my way - home, The art Vault, 43 Deakin ave, Mildura (ViC), 21 September – 10 October. 4. Deb SaLTeR, Portrait of Frida Kahlo 2011, embroidery, cotton floss on linen. Winner of the 2011 mRSC Regional Postcard Prize Trouble award, presented by Macedon Ranges Shire Council. 5. kenneth JaCk, Maldon, Side Street 1960, linocut, 3 blocks, Gold and Ghost Towns of Victoria, 200 x 270mm. Kenneth Jack – Printmaker, union Studio, 74 Mostyn Street Castlemaine (ViC), until 25th September - www. unionstudio.com.au 6. ashlee iRWin, Untitled 9 (Bird Man), After Hans Holbein the Younger 2010, digital print. Photographer - elia Basser. RACT Tasmanian Youth Portraiture Prize, academy Gallery, Launceston (TaS), 9 – 30 September. also showing at the Devonport Regional Gallery, 8 – 23 October. NEXT SPREAD: amy MiLLS, Day 1 2010, multimedia. No More Tears, PhotoAccess huw Davies Gallery, manuka Arts Centre, manuka Circle Griffith (aCT), until 11 September - www.photoaccess.org.au
CenTRaL ViCTORian FOOTPRinTS in BRunSWiCk
by helen Long
A lot of printer’s ink has been spilled in recent years on the subject of our ailing earth groaning under the burden of our preferred modes of living. a war of words on climate change now seems to have been won decisively by the incontrovertible evidence put forward by eminent scientists. and yet, as always, where our comfort levels are challenged, our behaviour lags. So, it is time for artists to reach our hearts, our memories, our hopes and our shared human experience where writers have failed to engage our minds The Counihan Gallery in Melbourne’s Brunswick is known as a hub for the exhibition of new and exciting art. as the City of Moreland’s public art gallery, innovation, social relevance and the stretching of established art forms are the stock in trade of its exhibitions. This makes for challenging and thought-provoking viewing, always within well articulated and understood themes. This year’s exhibitions, in their coherence and excellence amply reflect the gallery’s aim ‘to promote and inspire innovation and diversity in the visual arts while encouraging discussion and debate about new ideas and issues in contemporary art and culture’. One of these exhibitions, Footprints, has been put together by sixteen printmakers who live and work in Central Victoria. here, over the past decade, the meaning of climate change has been translated into blistering heat, cracked and dry soil, the disappearance of fauna and flora native to the area under the onslaught of settlement and changes in land use. at the other extreme, floods have also wreaked great damage. Time, then, for these printmakers to give us their understandings of these events, in exploring both memory and prophecy, hope and despair. The impact of european settlement on the natural environment of australia has particular resonance for these artists, living and working as they do in the Goldfields area of Central Victoria. in preparing for this exhibition, the artists were asked to interpret themes of ‘sustainability, reconstitution and recycling as a starting point to investigate connections to a shared place.’ This they have done with striking diversity of material, methodology and form, seeking and indeed anticipating a sense of shared concern with the viewer. The artists explore the dichotomy which exists between the natural and the built environment. What has been our history and experience of living with nature in this land? What has been the impact of our use and abuse of the land and its eco-systems? how can we mitigate this impact and learn to live in a more integrated way? as we have built more and larger buildings the resulting devastation has threatened, and indeed almost annihilated, parts of our flora and fauna, and perilously changed our experience of weather. Gibson deplores this exaggerated need for personal space. how important are we, that we need to assert ourselves thus? The harm done has re-bounded on us, causing loss, alienation, decay and a dangerous degree of detachment. now, we rehearse even our deaths, playing games in cyberspace which, as Proposch (aka Bliss Violet) observes, shows a profound departure from former understandings of this most final event. >>
>> A number of the artists directly confront our habits of over-consumption. Larwill’s large but pared back unique state prints are a comment on our enhanced sense of individual importance, while provoking us to consider the accumulated impact of such attitudes. Barrett’s works reflect on our need to manage this destructive urge, reminding us of the ancient land which must struggle to prevail against the tidal wave of settlement. Palethorpe uses existing prints to create collages which express her search for a place of belonging, in and beyond time. But her angel is huge, indicative of its immense task in guarding this fragile earth, while it defiantly challenges the technical processes itself. Gorring goes further, using only recycled materials in the art itself – sustainability as a process, ideal as action. Others too have engaged in recycling as an integral part of their work. Seligman’s corrugated iron is both icon of the built rural landscape, embedded in our collective memory, as well as art material. Jones and Burns’ waste bins, price tags and lights catalogue consumerism and challenge it, but they also invoke the natural world – the fall of light and shade, the shape of blossoms, the intricate patterns made by fallen leaves. Proposch uses the virtual reality of cyberspace to reflect on our new-found ability to practise and rehearse our own death, without, of course, the need to actually experience it. Pilgrim sees death as threat: of loss, of extinction, always present but hidden, expressed in her work as negative space. These references to icons, instantly recognisable leitmotifs of the viewer’s life and experience, recur throughout the exhibition. Burns’ eucalypt leaves dance on against their complex constructed background. The images of the leaf and those of computer circuitry could jar in their juxtaposition, but do not here, enclosed within the recurring shape of the circle, icon of inclusion. Tremlett’s rabbits are not demonised. They are simply there, repeated again, and again, and again in his seemingly innoccuous wallpaper, reminding us that it takes only one thoughtless human action to unleash a
plague. Frazer strikes a note of melancholy and nostalgia, as his decaying rural buildings evoke our memories of such fading and falling sheds. however, these old structures, seen in decay, remind us that new life follows death in nature, and that, paradoxically, renewal must follow loss in the rural landscape. Rampant consumerism and bad decisions have taken its toll of this landscape in its natural and built forms. The threats to Marriott’s world, so richly remembered, are real, as Larwill and Gibson spell out powerfully. Gorring struggles to express her distress while confronting her own role as consumer. Barter’s men in grey suits make their powerful, influential and destructive decisions, clamouring for space and money, seemingly invincible against the singular beliefs and actions of any individual. But the themes of decay and decline, so powerfully evinced by Frazer, are balanced in the exhibition by the assertion and celebration of survival and renewal. hassall and Caffin notice a quiet reconfiguration of the vexed relationships in their surroundings: native plants springing up in de-stocked pasture, new habitats for all sorts of life. Life cycles inevitably involve death and regeneration, so the opportunities for reconstitution and re-balance are celebrated even as passings are noted and mourned. This exhibition explores a fraught and damaged relationship between people and the natural world they inhabit; the history, the tensions, the threats and the damage done. all is not well. We consume too much; we build too much. But this is shown to be but one side of a complex equation. The artists also point the way of reconciliation through recognition, perception, action, celebration. in so doing, they exemplify the power of the print medium to arouse our awareness and to advocate for our engagement in issues central to our future. image previous page: helen SeLiGMan, untitled 2011, collagraph. image this page: David FRaZeR, Broken Home (detail) 2011. Footprints, 16 Central Victorian Printmakers, Counihan Gallery in Brunswick, 233 Sydney Road Melbourne (ViC), 2 September – 2 October 2011
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by Neil Boyack
Murandak... and the music of change “neither side is saying what the other side claims it is saying...”
- Dr. Mark McKenna, Different Perspectives on Black Armband History.
My first real experience with Aboriginal musicians and the power of Indigenous song occurred at The Venue, a now defunct St Kilda icon. Circa 1989,
post eyeliner, I was in the scanty crowd with a bunch of white, working class blokes from the eastern suburbs who had travelled across town interested in a band called Gangajang. The Wurumpi band came on as support and started torching everyone with hard rock guitars, clapsticks, didgeridoo and traditional dancing moves, and soon, even the punks and skinheads of St Kilda were pogoing and slam dancing. I heard the song Blackfella/Whitefella for the first time that night. Warumpi Band Lead singer, George Rrurrambu (with massive afro) was a proud, encouraging, action-packed figure taking everyone along for the ride. It is a great memory and it signaled the start of a personal journey for me digging deeper into Aboriginal cultures, and trying harder to break down the stereotypes I had been fed all my life. Ever since the first sealers, settlers, pirates, invaders and various other miscreants set foot in Australia and started stealing and stripping Aboriginal people of traditional resources, the voice of protest in song has been present. The Murandak DVD covers the journey of the Black Arm Band (a group of contemporary Aboriginal performers who take their name from a phrase that surfaced through the “History Wars” – but you can follow that up yourself ). The band’s journey is couched in a backdrop of the National Apology to the Stolen Generation by the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, and in a broader context, the fall of the Howard government. Also, interestingly, in a fitting historical footnote to colonization, we view the band playing a major London venue, and having time to reflect on their physical surroundings, particularly the Thames - which is of course where the First Fleet set out from. Intriguingly there is footage of Dan Sultan watching John Howard’s “black armband view of history”
speech on a small TV set backstage in London, sort of like something a footy coach might do to fire up players before the game, except this is real, and these stories and songs describe, simultaneously, the destruction of traditional culture and the building of another. Musically the performances are honest and at times powerful, interspersed with personal stories of home, culture, meaning and history. To anyone who has even taken a passing interest in Aboriginal cultures and issues, it couldn’t be anything else but emotional. The late Ruby Hunter showcases her Nina Simone/ Billy Holiday-like charms, and a frail-looking Archie Roach performs his deep cutting show stopper They Took the Children Away. Other stalwarts of Indigenous music are all present; Shane Howard, Kutcha Edwards, Bart Willoghby, Dan Sultan, Lou Bennet, Joe Geia and others. They all do a splendid job, and have time to give their views on history and future. >
> Songs from Indigenous artists have always cut through in one sense or another. Lionel Rose had hits with I Thank You, and Please Remember Me in 1970. Jimmy Little also with Royal Telephone in 1963, although he had entered the charts many times previously. Admittedly these weren’t protests songs, but in times when our grandparents were putting out cigarettes in boomerang shaped ashtrays, and where racism was accepted and open, they were fair achievements. I can recall an interview with John Howard where he was asked what his favourite Midnight Oil song was (as Peter Garret had just entered parliament). Howard stated that he had a “soft spot” for Beds Are Burning. This is evidence to support the argument that melody will often override any message in a song, underscoring the dominant paradigm and culture of pure consumerism. Think of all the crap number 1 hit singles that have ever been allowed. Our mainstream culture waters down the message in many songs, but I am sure you all know this.
history, the acts of heroes, and of foes, the mythology of a people. In this context they may all be protest songs. How their success and mainstream acceptance translates into change is difficult to assess. Music and song have been present with every inch of protest and struggle in Indigenous Australia, and it goes on. Refer Dan Sultan and Shane Howard headlining the latest songfest and creating awareness and support for a battle in the Kimberley lands against a full scale gas plant (search: No Gas Plant at Walmadan). These events are storehouses and reference songs for Indigenous Australia, touchstones, consolidation of group thought and power. Murandak is no different, it is a document and an historical resource.
The Aboriginal artists in the Murandak DVD reflect on the power of their music for themselves and their stories. Words like healing, injustice, optimism, affirmation, pride and inspiration are used continually. These are some of the things I experienced when I saw I have no right to speak for Indigenous people, the Warumpi Band for the first time. I know I but as someone who follows the politics of was changed after seeing that show in St Kilda this area I would argue that songs possessing in 1989, and I’m sure anyone who views the “household melodies” like Solid Rock Murandak vision will be left refelecting on (Goanna), Treaty (Yothu Yindi), Blackfella/ what they can do to further the cause. Whitefella (Warumpi band), My Island Home For more information search: search “Different (performed by Christine Anu), We Have Perspectives on the Black Armband view of history” Survived (Coloured Stone- Bart Willoughby), and you will have start. to mention but a few, mean more to any Neil Boyack is a writer who plays music, he has a BA Aboriginal person than any white person. in Aboriginal Studies, and is the big cheese behind the These songs are cultural bedrock, and contain Newstead Short Story Tattoo. the detail, the taste, the tone, the stories, the
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CENTRAL VIC • Bendigo Art Society On Friday 30th September Bendigo artist Society will be open its 17th annual exhibition at 7pm in Dudley house, View Street, Bendigo. The Mayor Cr. Rod Fyffe will be doing the honours and light refreshments will be served. $5 entrance fee for this cultural event. all paintings will be on sale for the following two days 1 – 2 October. There will be some interesting demonstrations of “artists at Work” in the Old Fire Station on the Saturday, 10am-4pm. $2 entrance fee will give you a chance to buy local works of art. • Bob Boutique the last days of Bendigo trams 1972 a collection of over 40 photographs. 17 Williamson Street, Bendigo. Open: Sat - Sun 11am - 3pm, Mon Fri 11am - 3pm. www.bob.net.au • The Capital info and tickets online at www.thecapital.com.au. T: (03) 5441 6100 or visit 50 View Street, Bendigo. Shorter + Sweeter Dance, Wednesday 28 September, 8pm . Full list of shows at website. • Community & Cultural Development (CCD) www.bendigo.vic.gov.au - for arts, festivals and events info at your fingertips. Select Council Services, then arts Festivals and events for events Calendar and arts Register. The CCD unit is an initiative of the City of Greater Bendigo. e: email@example.com T: (03) 5434 6464
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• El Gordo Cafe & Art Space exhibitions: Pretty/Ugly: photography, drawings and stencil art by RiCk WhaTeLeY, until 9 September; Graphic Design by DaLe haRRiS and Leah haRTLeY, 10 September – 7 October. Open: Mon-Fri, 8am-4.30pm & Sat Sep 10, 9am-2pm. Chancery Lane, Bendigo. M: 0413 447 518 www.facebook.com/elgordobendigo • La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre VaC Gallery: 7 September – 16 October eLaine SheMiLT Antarctic Journeys: The dry valleys and South Georgia. access Gallery: 7 September – 2 October kiR LaRWiLL, Diana ORinDa BuRnS and ROBYn GiBSOn Background. The Facade Project: to august 2012 JennY POLLak Threshold. Gallery hours: Tue - Sun 10am-5pm. 121 View Street, Bendigo. T: (03) 5441 8724; www.latrobe.edu.au/vac
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• The Art Vault Dual Opening: to 19 September, Gallery 1 RuTh Le CheMinanT Country; Gallery 2 DReW PeTTiFeR and MaRCin WORCik Sturt’s Boat. Dual Opening: 21 September – 10 October, Gallery 1 BeLinDa FOX Finding my way home; Gallery 2 SOPhia SZiLaGYi Recent works. in Residence: , BeLinDa FOX, PeTeR LanCaSTeR, DReW PeTTiFeR and MaRCin WORCik, RuTh Le CheMinanT, SuSan BaRan, BiLL YOunG, aniTa LauRenCe. in 2011 Belinda Fox plans to modify Finding my way II to suit the art Vault’s unique space and to add yet another layer to this collage, print and paper work. This will be the first time Fox has exhibited in her hometown for more than 10 years. Finding My Way – home is from a series of large-scale print installations that were originally shown in Perth in 2009 and are the culmination of a ten-year period of conceptual and technical inquiry. as a meditation on past histories and future possibilities, the work is deeply personal. Multiple narratives of progress versus tradition and constructed realities play out in these installations. Ladders balance precariously. it is unclear which direction one can or will take. Children look down from above, seemingly impervious to the chaos and uncertainty below, but this journey is openended and has potentially infinite readings for the viewer. also, Ruth le Cheminant will conduct a Children’s Painting Workshop in September, (date to be confirmed) phone or email for details. 43 Deakin ave, Mildura, Vic. Wed - Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun - Mon 10am - 2pm. T: (03) 5022 0013. Director: Julie Chambers. www.theartvault.com.au • Mildura Arts Centre Still Life: The Food Bowl, ken & JuLia YOneTani, until 13 november 2011. Wallflower - Mirror, rorriM, FiLOMena COPPOLa, until 25 September 2011; venue: Rio Vista historic house, 199 Cureton avenue, Mildura. Finitude (Mallee: Time), keiTh aRMSTROnG, 10 – 11 September 2011; venue: ka-Rama Motel, Deakin avenue, Mildura. KOPI: Connected to Country, MaRee CLaRke, 11 September – 7 October 2011. Mallee Memoirs, 11 September – 7 October 2011. 48 Create, 11 September – 7 October 2011; venue: LeaP Project Space, 39 Langtree avenue, Mildura.
Mildura arts Centre Regional Gallery is closed while the Centre undertakes an exciting redevelopment of Mildura’s arts and cultural precinct. For details on Mildura arts Centre Outreach projects, see our website for more information. 199 Cureton avenue, Mildura ViC 3500. T: (03) 5018 8330, F: (03) 5021 1462, www.milduraartscentre.com.au • Mildura Palimpsest #8: Collaborators and Saboteurs Friday 9 – Sunday 11 September 2011. a weekend of art, talk and convivial dinners. With over 50 international and australian artists represented, Palimpsest # 8 examines the idea that we are all collaborators and saboteurs in the created worlds we inhabit. www.artsmildura.com.au • White Cube Mildura Three micro galleries in three locations in Mildura. September: St Joseph’s College: GRaCe MiLeS, BReTT DaViDSOn & PaM FOX, DOnnie BYRne, ROWena keenan & CLOVe ORGaniCS. Stefano’s Café Bakery, 27 Deakin ave. klemm’s newsagency, 53 Langtree Mall. Shugg Group, 126 Lime ave. e: email@example.com, www.whitecubemildura.blogspot.com
• Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery horseshoe Bend, Swan hill 3585. T: (03) 5036 2430, www.swanhill.vic.gov.au/gallery • Print Council of Australia Inc. Printmakers and print collectors stay in touch with print exhibitions, events and technical issues through iMPRinT magazine. Members receive frequent email updates and information about opportunities (courses, forums, group exhibitions and competitions). Subscriptions $65/year or $45 concessions see website: www.printcouncil.org.au or phone T: (03) 9328 8991 for membership details.
• Benalla Art Gallery Artist Artists curated by ROBeRT hiRSChMann until 25 September. Bridge Street Benalla, Victoria 3672. Opening hours 10am - 5pm. T: (03) 5760 2619, e: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.benallaartgallery.com
• Glasson’s Art World, High St Shepparton art Supplies, Graffiti art Products, artists Designer Gallery, Dookie art Retreat, archival Framing. e: email@example.com, www.glassonsartworld.com.au • Shepparton Art Gallery 1 aug – 28 Oct, The Drawing Wall #5: ViV MiLLeR; 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton ViC 3630. Gallery CLOSeD for redevelopments from May 2011 until Feb 2012, please visit the website for updates. Director: kirsten Paisley. Free entry. Café. T: (03) 5832 9861, e: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sheppartonartgallery.com.au
• Wangaratta Art Gallery 3 September – 2 October Creating Our Tomorrow: Goulburn & north east arts alliance. Wangaratta art Gallery. Director: Dianne Mangan, F: (03) 5722 2969, T: (03) 5722 0865, e: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org WESTERN VIC
• Ararat Regional Art Gallery Town hall, Vincent Street. Mon, Wed to Fri 10am – 4.30pm, w/ends 12 - 4pm. T: (03) 5352 2836 araratregionalartgallery.blogspot.com
• Mountain Grand Boutique Hotel enchanting getaway in halls Gap. Delightful dining in The Balconies restaurant with fine local wines and live jazz on weekends. Conferences and functions are our specialty. if you have a longing for the way things used to be. Your hosts Don and kay Calvert. T: (03) 5356 4232 e: email@example.com www.mountaingrand.com < > michelle CoX, Climate Cycles, animation stills. Digital media installation, Rue de Fleurus Bar, 153 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy (ViC), 21 September – 9 October. Part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
• Hamilton Art Gallery ART#2 aLeX PiTTenDRiGh and kaTe DaW until 18 September. Sandby’s Tours in Wales 2 august – 2 October. 50 Years of Collecting 19612011 - A Celebration! 9 august – 16 October. 107 Brown Street, Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 12pm and 2 - 5pm, Sun 2 - 5pm. T: (03) 5573 0460, www.hamiltongallery.org
• Horsham Regional Art Gallery 10 Sept – 6 nov, eWen ROSS: Territory 2005 - 2010. an exhibition that surveys and celebrates the work and contribution Ross has made to the cultural life of horsham. it involves recording his experiences within the changing landscapes of the Wimmera. horsham Regional art Gallery, 21 Roberts ave, horsham. Tues - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat - Sun 1 - 4.30pm. T: (03) 5362 2888; e: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.horshamartgallery.com.au
• Goat Gallery a new show every month featuring the widely ranging skills of local artists. 87a Main Street. Weekends 1 - 4pm and by appointment. M: 0418 997 785 www.goatgallery.com.au
• Customs House Gallery @ Blarney Books and Art Australian Children’s Picture Book Show including works by FReYa BLaCkWOOD, ChRiS MCkiMMie, SaRah kaTe MiTCheLL,Shaun Tan, JO ThOMPSOn, BROnWYn BanCROFT and niCki GReenBeRG. Plus artworks from Shaun Tan’s Oscar winning film, The Lost Thing ... not to be missed! hours: 11am to 4pm, Thursday to Monday or by appointment. Open daily during school holidays.Free admission. Director: Des Bunyon. 37 James Street, Port Fairy 3284, e: email@example.com
Growing a community food system It’s March 2011. Six of us are sitting in a backyard garden in Daylesford drinking tea, plotting to overtake a very ordinary vacant lot of land next to the library. This is nothing very new, this kind of plotting is happening all over the world right now as progress-capitalism falters and unravels. You’d only not know about it if you exclusively tuned into big media, thus had your head well lodged in the ﬂooding sandbanks of corporatism. The little ﬂat parcel of land we’re discussing ‘belongs’ to council. It’s considered ‘crown’ after some arbitrary English family who have no intimate relations with this part of the world. We are scheming to grow food here, to build a community garden. We know we could ask council for permission, but those of us who have worked on government committees before know it could take years to get approval. We want to act before the unravelling turns to panic. We still have a little time of this momentary afﬂuence to make some signiﬁcant transitions back to the local, but this time is precious. We hatch a rough plan, which we then develop over the next few weeks through random meetings in the street and the odd email and phone call. Chance always plays a signiﬁcant hand in this kind of organisation. Someone puts the word out for materials and a few days later someone else makes a call and says “so-and-so has a mountain of topsoil to give,” then some lend their utes and trailers and others bring ol’ fashioned brawn along with their shovels. Before you know it people have their sleeves rolled up and endorphins are kicking busily around. It’s now early Friday evening; the council ofﬁcers have gone home, the policeman on duty is Facebooking for love (OK, I made that bit up), and a number of us are throwing straw bales over the back fence onto our new, freely acquired plot. Then we get to work staking the bales into a large circular raised bed with a path down the middle. The donated organic material arrives via a train of utes on dusk. We ﬁll the bed with volcanic topsoil and horse manure. Trafﬁc cones, ﬂuoro vests, and an attitude of purpose are our authoritative props. Only questions of pro-communal inquisitiveness are aired in the street. Then, the following day brings about twenty-ﬁve of us together on the site. We come with transplanted herbs, vegetable seedlings and seeds. It is a joyous moment of collective effort for future scenarios; for growing a community food system. Several weeks later we’ve miraculously arranged for Costa Georgiadis from SBS to come and launch the garden. His words are loaded and urgent as well as
having us in stitches. He holds the children by his way of eating lettuce, pointing to the garden, his mouth, his stomach. “Local!” Then a council ofﬁcer whispers in my ear that we had better start planning a response to the unauthorised planting of a garden on council land, because council is “all in a ﬂap over it.” I query back, “Our response?” To which he pauses, then replies, “Ah yes, you’re right, it’s council who needs to respond – you’ve created this.” That night, after the excitement of the day, I wake up buzzing at 3am. What might a proper response from council look like? Perhaps I should ‘right’ it for them: 1. Council applauds the efforts of this community group to work towards food security in the Shire. 2. Council recognises the need for community-led organic food systems to attend to the health crisis that nutrition-low, carcinogenic-high fast food and supermarket food has delivered to its residents – slow death by industrial agriculture. 3. Council recognises the social merits of such a project, and encourages other community groups to work together to prepare for worsening climate change and energy descent scenarios, and therefore further rising food and energy prices. 4. Council recognises that we are all squatting on Dja Dja Wurrung land, be it the Town Hall or the new Daylesford Community Food Garden. There has never been a proper sale or transfer of land either under Aboriginal or European law. 5. Council is thrilled its community has taken over the maintenance of this site, and that council workers no longer have to use polluting resources – pesticides and petroleum – to maintain it. 6. Council would be happy to work with this community group to help them relocate to another site for community food production if the library next-door needs to expand or some other public building of merit needs to be built on this site.
Image: Meg Ulman, Daylesford Community Food Gardeners’ plot beside the library, July working bee, 2011. 7. Council recognises that although this mode of community participation is different to its own form, it nonetheless values such independent, creative and positive responses from its residents. 8. Council recognises that its own processes of change are heavily bureaucratic, making positive change impossibly slow, and that residents will naturally move faster working in small groups attending to the fast pace of global ﬁnancial and ecological challenges. After many months of holding our council accountable to a response of our own making, we have secured not one but two central properties in Daylesford for the purposes of community food production. Several other plots are now being discussed in the community for future food gardens. Hepburn Shire Council are now totally behind our endeavours and have given us money for plants and mushroom compost. The second plot, Rea Lands Park, is half an acre of volcanic soil with a north-facing slope, generously donated as a community park by the late Betty Rea in the 1980s. It is considered prime real estate in the town. In August we planted out a food forest on this land – a community orchard to mimic the ﬂux-like polyculture of a natural forest system. Both sites were earmarked for council sell-off, and we managed to lobby the seven elected councillors to unanimously back us and keep the land for community food purposes. The
sustainability ofﬁcer at council, Jill Berry, is doing her job atypically of a council bureaucrat. She’s involved, invested, organised and wills change like the rest of us. Almost all of the participants of DCFG are creative types – artists, poets, ceramicists, dancers, furniture and instrument makers, writers and musicians. The relationship between creating art and creating food is an ancient one, and one that locates culture in the present and to the near land. This relationship is currently impoverished, as art has become the careerist slut of progress-capitalism. When Peter Cundall opened the Artist as Family’s “Food Forest” (a community garden that doubles as a public artwork) in Sydney last year he said, “If you show children how to create things they will never destroy things.” But this is only true if we are locavores. A return to the local is a return to ecological functioning – life, death, love, killing – it all happens on a local scale; we’re each accountable, each acutely aware of how our consumption (violence) impacts. On the other hand, “man-made mass death’, a term coined by Australian philosopher Deborah Bird Rose, describes the global where we’re each colonisers, participants in mass destruction through the transportation (nonaccountability) of our resources. DCFG blog - http://justfreefood.blogspot.com/ Patrick Jones – http://permapoesis.blogspot.com/
Greetings from Dinner Plane Ben Laycock
It struck me one fine day that all my friends are either hippies and dole bludgers or aspiring to that crucial role in today’s society. I came to this realisation when an acquaintance remarked, “all of your friends are hippies and dole bludgers or aspiring to that crucial role in today’s society. ” In an attempt to broaden my social horizons, I have endeavoured to seek out and befriend those less fortunate than myself. (This also fits snugly with my P.H.D.* in Social Engineering) My curiosity has opened doors into a way of life I had only read about in magazines. After cultivating some Yuppies** that I met by chance at The Good Table (Castlemaine) I managed to engineer an invite for myself and my good wife to their exclusive chalet for the opening of the ski season. It was to be the first time in 10 years that there was any snow included. Dinner Plain, for all you poor folks who have never been there, is on the road from Mount Hotham to Omeo, just past Picnic Point and way before Breakfast Creek. Mythology has it that Dinner Plain was named after the humble repast (horse and damper) eaten there, week in and week out, by The Man from Snowy River, Clancy himself no less, during the long and fruitless search for The Wild Brumby. Dinner Plains, or Din Dins as the locals so quaintly refer to it, is unlike any other town outside Aspen, Colorado. Every aspect of the town is micro-managed down to the weeniest detail by the ever vigilant and omniscient Aesthetics Committee.The result is a lovely little town of ever so nice houses that blend in perfectly with the surrounding countryside, spoilt only by the very large shiny vehicles dotted about the place. It is the wealthiest postcode in all Victoria I will have you know, followed closely by Portsea. (That’s where these locals park their yachts.) The inhabitants of this quaint little village are a wonderfully homogeneous lot that all seem to follow to the letter an unspoken law that prohibits the displaying of last years fashions, appearing in public without a tan, allowing discussion to stray from the topic of real estate, and being seen getting about in a two wheel drive vehicle. Jaz and I naturally felt most at home right from the word go. But don’t for one minute imagine we spent the entire time lolling about quaffing chardonnay and swapping house prices.We had come for the adventure of a lifetime, involving the extremely esoteric extreme sport of Telemarking***. At dawn the helicopter drops us on the tippy top of the mountain and we hit the snow skiing, straight down the vertiginous incline at full pelt.Then the real fun begins; we inevitably set off a series of avalanches.The aim of the game is to outrun these avalanches to the bottom of the hill. All very exciting and actually quite physically demanding as you may well imagine, especially for one such as myself that has not yet mastered the art of skiing. Jaz as usual takes to it like a duck to water and manages to stay on her feet the entire weekend. Show off! Though I did get to do some showing off too, with my snow graffiti. After Telemarking all the way to our chalet we barely have time to chuck a few prawns down the gullet and replenish our energy with a smidgeon of the very best Peruvian Coke before we hit the disco.The joint is jumpin’ with snow bunnies full of youthful vigour. I pop a plum in my cheek and strike up a casual conversation with a particularly lithesome lass of a golden brown complexion that I am sure only true Puerto Ricans posses. I drop a few names I’d gleaned from The Women’s Weekly – Bert Newton, Daryl Braithwaite and such – and tell her I’m a nature lover.That usually goes down pretty well with city folks ‘cause they don’t really know what it means. >
> Straight up she offers to show me The Tunnel of Love. ‘Whoopee! I’m in like Flynn.’ I glance around surreptitiously and note that Jaz is thoroughly engrossed with an Austrian ski instructor. Huh, typical. I suggest to my nature loving, Puerto Rican companion that we go somewhere quiet where we can talk with our clothes off. We soon find ourselves in the sauna. It gets really steamy. She gives me one of those simpering looks as her robe drops to the floor. Shock! Horror! She is as white as the driven snow from neck to toe, having spent the entire winter in Aspen. I must escape this ungodly apparition. I run straight out into the snow in my birthday suit. She chases me hither and yon but all I can see is a disembodied head like out of some B grade scary movie. In my panic I run into a pile of rocks. My last thought before unconsciousness overtakes me: ‘what is a pile of rocks doing in the middle of a ski slope?’. Upon regaining my senses I find myself all rugged-up and my caring companion, thankfully, restored to her Puerto Rican façade, explaining earnestly that this particular pile of rocks is in fact the entrance to The Tunnel of Love; an artificial habit for the critically endangered mountain pigmy possum, which is a wee little thing that fits snugly in the palm of your hand. You see, they took all the natural rocks away long ago as they found that rocks and skiing are incompatible, unaware or unconcerned that they were consigning our little friends to the dustbin of evolution. The population of Mountain Pygmy Possums plummeted drastically to as few as 35 individuals before the humans realised the error of their ways and began to painstakingly make amends, creating a cozy habitat for the little fellas so they feel at ease to do what possums do to keep extinction at bay, before having a little rest for the rest of the winter. They are the only marsupials on earth that hibernate, apparently. * Not a Post Hole Digger. ** Young Urban Professionals, unlike OCAs**** such as myself. *** Telemarking is a fancy way of turning on Langloff skis, for all you ignorant lunkheads. **** Old Country Amateurs.
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