Fallen@Docklands

Fallen@Docklands by artist Annee Miron is a site specfic participatory artwork activated at Melbourne Docklands in April 2016.

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“It originated as part of Confluence a project intiated by The Front – Deb Bain- King and jointly produced with Wynter Projects – Chantal Wynter. Artists were invited to respond to an aspect of Melbourne Docklands. I researched the pier posts and where they came from.  I found there were five East Gippsland tree species and painted their colours onto found cardboard boxes and wove them into a canopy.  The boxes themselves are remnants of today’s trade to this geographical place. The ghost forest canopy was activated by myself and many others by lifting and moving underneath it..” Annee Miron.

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To see a short video of the performance click here.

As one of the many participants in the performance to activate the “ghost forest canopy” I found it very moving. By activating the canopy of a once magnificent forest, we had the opportunity to reflect on the invisible and hidden histories of the land we live on. The work became an act of memory and homage. By holding the canopy above our heads we paid homage and respect to the forests and trees and especially to the Aboriginal people who cared for those forests. As Annee reminds us, the wooden pier posts were once trees taken from magnificent forests in East Gippsland – forests that once would have been cared for by the traditional owners.

As Bruce Pascoe teaches us in Dark Emu, Aboriginal people managed the land across Australia with great sophistication, including forest management.  In her research Annee found the trees were sourced from five different species: yellow stringy bark, yellow box, blue box, grey box and iron bark.  Holding up the cardboard canopy that Annee had created, using the colours from the flowers and leaves of those five different tree species and with the filtered light dappling across our bodies, we couldn’t help but remember in that very physical, yet gentle act that we are always standing on aboriginal land and that land and country has not been ceded.

Yet as Bruce Pascoe writes, “Accepting the full history of the country has the benefit of discovering a whole new level of knowledge about sustainable harvests.”

@sawtoothers

@sawtoothers is an experiment launched by Sawtooth ARI. It is a contemporary art experiment where guest artists and curators are invited to create a visual dialogue about contemporary art, on Instagram. I have been invited to be a guest @sawtoothers from 11 – 25 November, 2016.

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Bus Projects presents: “SYSTEMS OF SOLIDARITY: THE URGENCY OF SOCIALLY-ENGAGED PRACTICE”

img_5566David Cross, Will Foster, Timothy Moore, Nuraini Juliastuti, Amy Spiers

On Wednesday 16 November, Bus Projects presented a discussion on the urgency of socially-engaged practice, as part of their ongoing ‘Systems of Solidarity’ series.

Co-chaired by Professor David Cross and Melbourne based artist Amy Spiers and featuring Will Foster (A Centre for Everything), Nuraini Juliastuti (KUNCI), Vanessa Kwan (Grunt Gallery), Timothy Moore (Sibling), and Tien Wei Woon (Post Museum).

“The conscious convergence of art, publics and politics in artists’ practices and organisational structures, represents the most potent argument for arts relevance in a globalised society. In a time of increasing international recognition of the importance of socially engaged and community focused art practices, Bus Projects brings together a discussion on the many manifestations of such practice in response to the closure of the Centre for Cultural Partnerships at the Victorian College of the Arts.

It is timely to gather together organisations, researchers, and practitioners who are doing exemplary work in this space to knowledge-share with our local audience and to reflect on the crucial importance of community/socially engaged art practice in the current globalised arts ecology.” from Bus Projects website.

Note: On September, 28, Professor Barry Conynghim, Dean of the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and MCM announced that The Centre for Cultural Partnerships at VCA  will cease offerings in all programs and discontinue operations managed at the Centre for Cultural Partnerships (CCP) by the end of the year – December 31, 2016.

Vale CCP!