Week 8: September 10th, 2015

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?

  • Community
  • Geelong in transition
  • Subversive
  • Agency – enabling people to have a say, find their voice, empowerment of people
  • Broader than one institution – and independent of it
  • grass roots
  • alternative
  • 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
  • Inclusive
  • Fluid and evolving


  • Provocation
  • Participation
  • Transformation
  • Emancipation
  • Communication
  • Occupy movement (the tents) urban wilderness
  • Subversive element
  • Underground
  • Alternative

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

Sarah Sze

  • 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”
  • 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

Detournement –

  • profane
  • Consumption
  • Appropriation – the appropriation of object by Capitalism – e.g. the consumerism of the subjective

Situated Practice

  • 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
  • Repeat.
walk route
The Silent Walk route, click for more detail

Merinda was the first leader: