This session took place in The Project Space.
Major Assignment – Exhibition – New Wilderness V –
- Friday, September 25th, opening 6-8pm
New Wilderness on Social Media –
(Soraya M presenter)
The plan is to have an integrated website for New Wilderness keeping current and past participants informed and with exposure for the project to the wider community.
Instagram – Soraya recommends this for posting photos, information and invitations etc. (sheet with login details circulated)
- Branding – a key image, with consistency in presentation, good, clear grammar etc. Professionalism.
- Key posts may be information/work in progress/ not always a call to action – Keep up the momentum with interesting bites of information and images.
- Research shows that people are receptive to the female face showing emotion on social media platforms.
- For consistent imagery, Soraya suggests using a filter – e.g. Black and white.
Brainstorming – what is New Wilderness? What does it mean for our group?
- Geelong in transition
- Agency – enabling people to have a say, find their voice, empowerment of people
- Broader than one institution – and independent of it
- grass roots
- Empty spaces (e.g. factories shops) spell potential for new beginnings
- identity change – from a manufacturing city to what? Education? Arts? Technology?
- Historically Geelong has an industrial/shipping background
- Moving to a post-industrial city
- Fluid and evolving
- Occupy movement (the tents) urban wilderness
- Subversive element
Layers of Community – from family to wider groups (e.g. school/workplace/sports clubs), to city, state, country, global communities. The ripple effect as people and ideas move between these layers.
New Wilderness is about artists, making a difference in their communities. Some artists to look at – who work with objects (see last week’s handout from Merinda): Objects workshop Week 7
- Karsten Bott
- Tony Cragg
- Mark Dion
- Frank Vagnone
- Hany Armanious
- Mikala Dwyer
- Fred Wilson
- Ryan Gander
- Julie Shiels
The integrating element of New Wilderness V – the continued motif of the tent. (Each student, or pair, to use a tent for some sort of work.)
- Aim to transform the artist/s as we transform the space.
Cameron Bishop – Workshop about SPACE
- Performative use of space to “seduce” the viewer into becoming a participant.
- How do we interact with art and the world?
Different approaches to experiencing space –
- the Project Space (gallery) as “an ambiguous space”
- gestures of corruption
- gestures of protest
- gestures of anti-conforming
- (e.g. The Occupy Movement occupying internal and exterior spaces with tents –
- melbourne occupy within building http://assets.bwbx.io/images/iLDqF7K0Ine4/v0/628x-1.jpg
- occupy_london_-_finsbury_square.jpg http://www.occupy.com/sites/default/files/medialibrary/occupy_london_-_finsbury_square.jpg
- Concept of “cultural shopkeeping”
- Myths about what an artist is –
- The dichotomy – artist/academic (e.g. Cam and Merinda) – How do these two roles interact? (Practice informs theory informs practice cycle)
- Cameron acts withing the academic sphere to provoke others (and to sell post-graduate courses to keep himself and the faculty going)
- the academic is also a practising artist
- New Wilderness is an example of the artist/academic world spilling out of the institution – is broader than the institutions that have spawned it.
- Mackenzie Wark – the concept of the whole world as an art work – the post-human world – fluidity
“Imagine you are falling. But there is no ground.” (This could also apply to life’s journey – the fall ends in death.)
Our perceptions are now broadened with aerial views, and views from satellites – the horizon is no longer the only perspective from which we view the world.
- the screen increasingly takes up the spaces which once were filled with a horizon view.
- Whole societies are beginning to fail
- spatial and temporal change
- aerial views more common (loss of the horizon)
- loss of perception – 3D views become 2D – on screens. (NB. The horizon itself is a construct – fluid and changing depending on where we are on the earth’s surface)
- the horizon places the individual at the centre
- “the colonisation of the world is the product of linear perspective”
- 3-D cinema and TV
- i-things – phones/pads
- Threats to the individual from the all-pervasive internet, the immediacy of media reports, lead to a world view (edited by the media)
- Drones to give an aerial photograph (or kill via bombs remotely) while human operators stay safely on the ground.
- Capital – and capitalism – 1984-style surveillance now happens via multi-national corporations tracking behaviour through purchases (credit card transactions) and use of phones and internet.
- “The an map has overtaken our real spaces. We look at an aerial view.” – “We are all little gods in our space.” but this is a myth.
(Note – vision damage through over-use of screens)
Silent urban walk
Aim – to position ourselves within Geelong in a different way.
- New Wilderness is practice-based enquiry
- students/artists taking control
New Wilderness 2013 (Courthouse Arts) – a superfictitious archeological dig. – the object as something new, with original purpose lost in conjecture.
“Waste is the shit end of capitalism” Gay Hawking, The Ethics of Capitalism, 2006.
In a Geelong framework –
- Context –
- Subject – affective practice – emotions, sensations
- Reflective and critical practice or the artist.
- What are we discarding?
- Object & space (e.g. gentrification of industrial spaces – Deakin University from an old wool store)
- Situated practice – disruption of the social elements of spaces
Merinda’s work shown
- rebuilding of detritus – restoration, then placing in museum cases in a gallery setting, with whimsical, pseudo-scientific “Greek” names
- juxtaposition of valuable items with worthless – e.g. precious metal with plastics
- tourist objects
- Globo projects – what would the souvenir of the post-apocalyptic age be? How would an alien visiting the post-human world ‘read’ the artifacts found.
- K-Mart is the op-shop of the future – the fashion statements of today are tomorrow’s mass production and the day after are landfill.
- Consumerism is trashing the world.
Using art to
- create new visions, provoke, revitalise
Theoretical perspectives – e.g. philosophers like Freud, Marx, feminism, post-colonialism
- Appropriation – the appropriation of object by Capitalism – e.g. the consumerism of the subjective
- Yoko Ono – performance point – cutting by audience of the clothing/removing the boundaries (also Maria Abromavic)
- Critique turned into technique – appropriation of e.g. The Occupy Movement
Paragogy – we gravitate to people who can supply expertise.
Parameters of the urban walk
- no talking
- a leader brings group to a destination, pause, select next leader via shoulder tap
Merinda was the first leader: