It’s warm in here

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I have been collecting the rain. Well the sounds of the rain (the smells too, and the feeling of relief and safety that I for some reason associate with this weather – but these are less tangible).

I grew up in Victoria and South Australia where rain is welcomed if sometimes begrudgingly. In these thirsty places the plants unfurl and the roof of my house becomes a blanket with me snug beneath it.

Last year I undertook a residency in Cairns during the wet season and those heavy deluges, screaming down at me from hot, grey skies brought a whole new cast to my experiences. I have memories of rain so hard and dense that even under shelter you feel pinned to the spot from the violence of it. I remember: a creaking weatherboard house that felt like a reckless boat, the delight of warm rain, the terror of a cyclone, the feeling of giving in to uncontrollable weather (and the relief that brings).

I have used our soft, infrequent southern rain to make a deluge. I have collected for myself “a disaster”.

My sound installation work Handmade Disaster (deluge) is currently on show at Felt space, Adelaide. Yesterday my lovely sister (talented photographer Gianna Grbich) helped me to document the show. You can see more of her work below and here.

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Made with love

Stills from Driving Movie for Sary

Earlier this year I had the privilege of making a work about a dear friend. It was for a show called ‘I Know my Chickens’ –  held at FELT artspace and curated by Kate Moskwa.

The premise for the show was four close friends making work about each other and it ended up a strange, heartwarming concoction of portraits, memories and jokes.  I made a video about my friend Sary: artist, cook and all round lovely man.

My work was a video that attempted to recreate my favorite moment with him. The memory in question involved driving through country Victoria on a glorious road-trip. We were chattering way, sharing food and I was taking photos of Sary from the passenger seat. I loved those photos – for the relationship the revealed between photographer and subject – the glances passed between driver and passenger and the chance to observe someone intimately that driving together allows.

Many thanks to the friends that helped recreate this moment on film: Lisa, Gianna, Holly, Amy, Nicholas, Catherine, Rachel and Claire.

Kate Moskwa wrote about the show:

“A favorite game of ours is to pick a TV show or movie, preferably with four leading characters, and assign them to each other based on looks, personality traits, and events. Sometimes it doesn’t work out perfectly and one or two people are poor matches. The most successful matching to date in my opinion, was Winnie the Pooh and friends. Pooh-Bear, Piglet, Tigger and Eey-ore. Well that’s one way of seeing us. At its simplest, this is an exhibition of portraiture. Four friends have represented what they think they know of each other. They have created the characters they see. Like a film or novel, these characters have evolved and present themselves to you, our audience. However, these characters were developed not through a single authorial vision, but envisioned by the other players. At its warmest, this exhibition is homage. The persona comprised from memories, photographs and stories tell as much about the author as they do the character. In dedicating an exhibition to one’s friends there’s an element of humble self portraiture.”

Sunny Muggy Cairns

Today I travelled from the bottom of Australia, right up to the very top edge. It is HOT here, but beautiful; so many shades of green.  I am up here working on the show you can read all about in the image above…. come and visit us it is an open studio project.

Next Wave Festival

I have just returned from Melbourne where I had a brilliant time mentoring a project, and checking out some great works. This year’s Next Wave Festival has placed emphasis on creating spaces for performance and participation.

Click Here for a look at the project I mentored – It is an ambitious installation work at TCB Space (just off little Burke St. Melbourne). The Artists (Liz Dunn and Jesse Hall) based this work on the experience of moving house and city. The show questions the decision making process, exploring dead ends and  well meaning advice. The artists invite you to  climb into their safe cardboard box cubby world, to take part in risky conversations, with cups of tea at the ready.

What goes on tour…..

Happy new year all! (I know you are out there… I read the pleasantly surprising blog stats). This year is shaping up a good one, I am already in the thick of a new project with the lovely Long Distance crew. Here is some info, come and check it out if you are heading to Adelaide for the festival season:

You’re on an 18 hour drive in a truck freighting the set and have been sitting next to a man who smells like a walking armpit for the last 8 hours.
You forgot to pack your ABBA pillowcase. You can’t sleep without your ABBA pillowcase.
You tried your hotel key in 278 doors one night before you found your room.
You know she did, you’re certain he did and you wonder how the fuck they got away with that. Have you woken up in the cone of silence?
Of course you have. You’re on tour and mum is the word.

Everyone has an ‘on tour’ story

What goes on tour, stays on tour is a new media project built especially for the Adelaide Fringe Club. An old style phone booth will play home to a collection of stories from fringe artists, past, and present – that will unfold into those late nights, and early mornings.

more at the blog

Long Distance up and running!

Get along to one of the 4 Long Distance venues and have a listen….(each of the venues have different stories on their phone)

2009 Port Adelaide Festival Dates:  8-16 October 2009
Phone ‘Booth’ Locations & Story Times (dependant on phone venue):
Visitor Information Centre: 9am-5pm
Lighthouse: 10am-2pm
Railway Hotel: 10am-10pm
Port Mall: 8am-5.30pm Mon-Wed & Fri, 8am-8pm Thurs, 8am-5pm Sat

Phone ‘Booth’ Locations – Addresses:
Visitor Information Centre: 66 Commercial Rd, Port Adelaide
Lighthouse: Queens Wharf, Port Adelaide
Railway Hotel: 247 St Vincent St, Port Adelaide
Port Mall: 176 St Vincent St, Port Adelaide

Long Distance almost ready to roll

We are installing next monday!! yay!

Here are some photos of the phones  – currently taking up most of dining room (with my sister Gianna modeling them):

We have also made up some badges that contain snippets of the stories that will be on the phones:

and some gaff about the project:

Long Distance is a unique, on-location oral history and storytelling project – developed
specifically for the 2009 Port Adelaide Festival. From 8-16 October, purpose-built, old rotary-
style phone ‘booths’ will be placed in four landmark venues around the Port – The
Lighthouse, The Railway Hotel, The Port Mall and The Visitor Information Centre – and
visitors encouraged to wander by, pick up the receiver and listen to some true tales in the
places they originally unfolded.

2009 Port Adelaide Festival Dates:  8-16 October 2009
Phone ‘Booth’ Locations & Story Times (dependant on phone venue):
Visitor Information Centre: 9am-5pm
Lighthouse: 10am-2pm
Railway Hotel: 10am-10pm
Port Mall: 8am-5.30pm Mon-Wed & Fri, 8am-8pm Thurs, 8am-5pm Sat

Phone ‘Booth’ Locations – Addresses:
Visitor Information Centre: 66 Commercial Rd, Port Adelaide
Lighthouse: Queens Wharf, Port Adelaide
Railway Hotel: 247 St Vincent St, Port Adelaide
Port Mall: 176 St Vincent St, Port Adelaide

The unofficial history of Port Adelaide

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I am currently developing Long Distance with the lovely Heidi Angove. This involves having conversations with lighthouse keepers and other locals in order to record some of the colorful unofficial history of Port Adelaide.

Heidi is building phone units so that visitors to the Port Adelaide Festival (October 8- 16th) will be able to pick up the receiver, dial a number and hear a story that unfolded in that site. People will also be able to leave their own story on the phone. We are using the old rotary phones that you might remember for the 60’s and 70’s, they will be sitting on a plinth and will ring ocasionally (encouraging people to pick them up!).

The locations will be the Port Adelaide Lighthouse, the old police station and jail cells at black diamond corner, the Port Mall and the Railway hotel.

Visit the Long Distance website

Check us out in the Port Adelaide Festival Porgram