2970° Generator – Masterclass with Alex Kelly
From Dakota to Borrolooa to Coolangatta, people around the world are finding creative new ways to honour and protect land, air and water. In New Zealand, the Whanganui River has been granted the rights of a citizen and in Bolivia the rights of Mother Earth have been enshrined in law. In Perth, communities stood up to protect the Beeliar Wetlands and shaped the recent WA election results and the Northern Rivers lead the national conversation on CSG and fracking.
In a 5-day workshop convened by dp & NYID, artist, film-maker, change agent and 2970° 2015 Keynote, Alex Kelly shared historical and contemporary theories and practices of change-making delving deep into the power of artistic and narrative interventions.
Using the open and inclusive frame of Museum of Air and Water (see below), Alex posed a series of provocative questions to 8 participants from across sectors, all with strong connections to the Gold Coast. What happens when conversations are more deeply explored and more deliberately honed across world-views, disciplines and methodologies? How can change happen through art making, exhibitions and distribution? What is the role of choreography and curation in organising social movement?
Additional activities included an in-conversation session between Alex and cultural educator Kyle Slabb (Banaam) and a session on strength-based approaches to change by Amanda Cahill (Centre for Social Change).
Annika Keefer, Lynda Hope, Meredith Elton, Nina-Rae Smith, Ngangom Bidyet Singha, Laurinda Janlewicz, Tessa Bergan, Elizabeth Ralph
Mick Angus, Shanene Ditton, Kristy Seymour
Museum of Air and Water
The Gold Coast is a strip city pressing hard against the coast, compressed into a surfers’ paradise at the northern end, unravelling in a series of villages the further south you go. On one side is the ocean, on the other is a hinterland so immersive and luxurious it is another world. This alchemy of sea-air, forest-air, ocean, estuary, river, tide and current is unique. The kind of city the Gold Coast becomes will revolve around the ‘lived experience’ of this evolving axis of water and air and its interplay with the land.
This is the frame for Museum of Air and Water. Filtered through the loose construct of a ‘museum’, Museum of Air and Water focuses on how humans engage in the elements of air and water through physical, artistic, cultural and environmental activity, and how play, sport and land-care often entwine around the practice of community.
The approach was to triangulate the key aspects of Museum of Air and Water by looking at Museum as an architectural entity, a cultural institution and an ephemeral construct; by considering the notion of Air as a precious element to be protected and an immersive element to embody and perform within and by investigating Water as a sustaining element, a natural force to make peace with and an energy to channel and revel in.
dp assembled a local, national and international flotilla of surfers, indigenous custodians, urban planners, natural scientists, environmentalists and inter-disciplinary artists for a roundtable in November 2016.
Museum of Air and Water, is a feature project of 2970° Generator designed to realise projects that emerged from the inaugural edition of 2970° The Boiling Point in 2015 and to act as a bridge to the 2017 edition.
The project was curated by dp with complementary expertise provided by Professor Adrian Carter, Head of The Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University, the project’s host venue.
Participants in the roundtable: Mick Angus, Tim Baker, Mara Bun, Shanene Ditton, Libby Harward, Hamid Mirfenderesk, Samantha Morris, Rebecca Ross, Eleri Smith and Brian Walker.
Image is of Olafur Eliasson’s Waterfall
dp curated the Strange Attractor Platform in Canberra applying the ‘make-think-speak’ principles to the work and processes of eight artists whose various artistic and non-arts practices intersect with dance. The intention of such a process is to assist artists in developing an artistic language that can adapt to various professional and social contexts which enhances their dramaturgical trajectory.
Strange Attractor concluded with a public presentation.
PARTICIPANTS: Liz Lea (ACT), Shona Erskine (WA), Alice Dixon (VIC), William McBride (VIC), Alison Plevey (ACT), Daisy Sanders (WA), Loren Kronemyer (WA), Matt Shilock (SA).
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Image credit: Strange Attractor
Monsoon is a trans-cultural, multidisciplinary research and performance platform for Asian and European artists initiated by German choreographer Arco Renz (Artistic Director, Kobalt Works, Belgium).
The Australian edition of Monsoon is co-curated and co-facilitated by dp, Arco Renz and Margie Medlin, Artistic Director, Critical Path.
Monsoon Australia brought together nine artists from Europe, Asia and Australia from diverse cultural and geographic backgrounds, and from varied artistic traditions and practices, and challenged them to discover pathways to collaboration.
Working over 2 weeks in Sydney and Bundanon,
explored artistic material through dramaturgical input, using a round-robin format to maximise cross-cultural engagement. The project sought to engage artists, as well as cultural operators and organisations, with the values of serious artistic exploration in an interdisciplinary and cosmopolitan arts context.
PARTICIPANTS: Adelina Larsson (SE, AUS), Ahilan Ratnamohan (SL, BE, AUS), Geumhyung Jeong (KR), Joseph Keith (JK) Anicoche (PH), Nathan Gray (AUS), Olet Khamchanla (FR, LA), Rebecca Jensen (AUS), Rita Pinto de Morais (PT), Venuri Perera (LK).
Image credit: Kobalt Works