This exhibition looks great. I encountered the Moriyama House in an article many years ago - it must have been soon after it was built - and it really blew my mind. I remember pouring over the few pages trying to 'walk' through it and figure out how the different spaces interconnected. It changed my … Continue reading The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 at the Barbican
I have been walking past the giant (and ageing) public housing buildings in Fitzroy over the last few weeks, marvelling at their ugliness to some extent - but also the vibrant community that lives there, the lovely eucalypts that they had the foresight to plant, and more. But these towers, surrounded by park during the … Continue reading Communal living
Several people have contacted me looking for my article "Ruminations While (Audio)Walking" which was published in Extensions in 2009. Apparently it is not available online anymore, but I am more than happy to share the full text here. In fact, I'm chuffed that it is still being read! The original publication had audio clips embedded which I … Continue reading Ruminations [full text]
Lots of images sources going into beginning thoughts for this show... looking at support structures, skeletons, leaf structures...
Working out the armour... scales/feathers/plates/etc
"the distinction between museums and archives (and by extension libraries) is collapsing in most people's minds." Interesting keynote 'We Were Otaku Before it Was Cool' from Aaron Straup Cope, from Cooper-Hewitt and the Smithsonian, playing with some ideas about curating archives in the digital (within the not so) world. This is interesting to me because it … Continue reading There is no design, only reckoning
Antartica http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWq2bukeBp0 Clouds time lapse http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxTgZP_5o8I Clouds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jGk9fR7-pg http://vimeo.com/67995158# Road texture http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPwptBlh3nw Moving shadows http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T_A4XM_zpI http://vimeo.com/12640208 http://vimeo.com/66101967 Grainy texture http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qpJZT-lv1w
Adolphe Appia stairs Structures with texture; structure within structure Colonnade Field Ansel Adams Textures
'A view with a room' by Elizabeth Farrelly (SMH 14 April 2012) For the traditional city is indeed a pocking of the planet's surface - a teasing and hummocking of its material to create a common nest of sufficient complexity and comfort to satisfy our immaterial needs as well as our physical ones. The familiar … Continue reading From a view with a room
Highly recommend the blogging of the great Vanessa Berry. In particular, she has been blogging about the city of Sydney at Mirror Sydney and for the Museum of Sydney's Public Sydney blog. Recently she posted a farewell tour of the Sydney monorail, and as a long-time big complainer about the monorail I had to comment... You are … Continue reading Schmonorail
Been looking at the work of Canadian designer Ying Gao. Always interested in the way form and volume can be used in wearable objects. And her work oscillates between such objects that might be more commonly called 'clothes' and other, much more odd socio-environmental interactions. Dezeen has featured her gaze-activated dresses which glow with photo-luminescent … Continue reading Ying Gao
Think I might have missed a calling in experience design/ museum display. Bite-sized, idiosyncratic social history... in a disused elevator shaft in New York. “There’s this whole world of artifacts that go unseen because they’re details of everyday landscape,” says one of the founders, Alex Kalman. Read a recent review in the Gothamist.
"'Yes, child, Nyo, we must fight back, we must resist. However good and kind any European has been to us, in the end they will be afraid to face up to the risks of resisting European law, their own law, especially if it's only to defend the interests of Natives. We need not be ashamed … Continue reading from Pramoedya…
Been looking again at Jumaadi's great work for the current project...
Just starting work on this project with the wonderful Ade Suharto (choreographer) and amazing Peni Candra Rini (singer), a re-imagining of the character Nyai Ontosoroh from Pramoedya Ananta Toer's seminal postcolonial novel This Earth of Mankind. These video excerpts from the first stage development in Indonesia last year.
Moving pod prototypes are proliferating... but how far have we moved on from the Sinclair C5 from 1985? Also check out Organic Transit's Elf.
a super snazzy dresser
Just arrived for production and rehearsal lead up to In Lieu's season in the OzAsia Festival. Bad $4 coffee from the Festival Centre café (isn't there a $3-something ceiling?) but set construction is all well in hand, likely to be delivered early. Looked at Richard Serra's amazing steel sculptures and torqued walls for early inspiration … Continue reading Hello Radelaide
it's like magic!
How interesting to open the Herald this morning to see (coincidentally I'm sure) two major, scape-changing, high-profile Sydney building developments unveiled on the same day. And what different projects! One, the much maligned Barangaroo site, sees a congregation of generic office towers crowding down towards the harbour edge and looming ominously over the (quaint, diminutive, … Continue reading Passing through
(an excerpt from an article I'm working on...) In a cultural-geographical sense, the international airport is one system implicated in both the fears of cultural degradation and the celebrations of new hybrid forms brought about through contemporary globalisation, as people and places are brought together through greater speed and frequency of encounter. The old routes … Continue reading a little airport writing
Along the newborn knitting line... This is Nikki Van De Car's Maile pattern in superwash 4-ply merino, with lovely 1950s vintage buttons I found at All Buttons Great and Small in Newtown last week.
Inhabit recently posted this intro to the new Transbay Transit Terminal in San Francisco, currently under construction. Not only will it have wind turbines and geothermal heating and grey water recycling, it will have a "5.4 acre green roof that will act as a city park and will host variety of cultural activities." Are you … Continue reading transporter
Passage: from tunnels of light I turn into dark, swapping fractured fractals and the dry sniff of the arctic for a slumbering under-earth kiln... I'm hoping to win a trip to Copenhagen with this description of my experience of Olafur Eliasson's installations currently on at the MCA in Sydney. The competition asks you to devote … Continue reading have you taken your time?
40 Yrs of Kaldor Public Art Projects @ the Art Gallery of NSW War and Peace and Inbetween (2009) by Tatzu Nishi Tatzu Nishi's intent here is to reframe the familiar and thereby make it strange, but there is an unexpected and strange Ikea-ness to this installation - inside and out. Externally, a mess of … Continue reading An Ikea Christmas #2
I love miniatures. In school I would stay up into the wee hours working on 10x10cm paintings with my size 0 brush (the 'eyelash' brush). And I have had a soft spot for the micro-cosmos of terrariums since I used them in the set design for Babushka in 2004. The attention that the mini incites … Continue reading bigness of the mini
Pressed into a shallow heated space between audience and front curtain, the five performers of This Kind of Ruckus stand poised, ready for action, red crepe pom-poms quivering just slightly. ‘It’s theatre,’ they seem to say, ‘It’s a show.’ But that’s a complicated idea in the world of Version 1.0’s politically charged, verbatim theatre. Even … Continue reading This Kind of Ruckus