I have been running this project mainly on Facebook but thought it would also be a great excuse to up date my blog!! Here is the initial call out for this project. I'll also add some pictures of the projects progression.
Hi Guys! I am hoping you can help me with an upcoming project. I have been invited to participate in an exciting exhibition called ‘Palimpsest’ that will take place in Mildura, South Australia between the 2nd and the 5th of October this year. You can check it out here: mildurapalimpsestbiennale.com
The title of the work will be ‘Mobile Home’ and will focus on ideas around home and place. For those who are saying “YES!! I DO WANT TO BE APART OF THIS GREAT PROJECT AND I DON’T NEED TO READ ANY MORE!!” here is what I need!
Up to four images that describe your ideas and feelings relating to your home and personal place/s in the world. Include a short description about where the images were taken: ie town/city/area, province/state, country.
Please invite and share with any and all your friends and contacts!!
As well as being posted on this page your images will be put together with other people’s images in a video with accompanying audio of people talking about their ideas of home and place. The video will then be projected out of/on to/or in, a beautiful old 1950/60’s caravan that I have just purchased and will be renovating into a gallery/living space. I will be living/camping in the caravan for the duration of the exhibition. And YES there will be camping chairs, fire pit, patio lanterns and all much more camping related paraphernalia that accompanies this work.
If your thinking “wow that sounds great! I’m going to send those pics right now! …. but I sure wish I could talk to Chris about my ideas of home and place let me know and I’ll be setting up skype/facetime interviews with as many of you as possible!! Or record it yourself and I will be setting up an email address for this project in just a few days.
OK for those of you who do want to read a bit more about it all … and who wouldn’t?? here it is!
As many of you will know I grew up in Canada and now live in Australia. I am currently working on my PhD and looking at ideas around home, place and identity in relation to immigration and art practice.
This project is based around individual ideas and understandings of home and place and the role they play in each of our lives. In his book ‘The Fate of Place’ Edward Casey says this about place:
“Whatever it true for space and time, this much is true for place: we are immersed in it and could not do without it. To be at all-to exist in any way- is to be somewhere, and to be somewhere is to be in some kind of place. Place is as requisite as the air we breath, the ground on which we stand, the bodies we have. We are surrounded by places. We walk over and through them. We live in places, relate to others in them, die in them. Nothing we do is unplaced.”
As a migrant I have been forced to re-evaluate and construct new ideas surrounding home and place with many of them being compared to ideas that were developed while growing up in Canada. In his book Place and Placelessness Edward Relph states that we all understand place in relation to space and non-places. Ideas of home and place are different for every individual and have historically been locally based, with modern day globalisation we are seeing that connection to local places expand in new and exciting ways. Although these ideas differ from person to person, town to town and country to country, we all understand ourselves and our place in the world through comparison. It is my belief that through seeing places significant to others, we may better understand and appreciate our own ideas of home and place while becoming more tolerant and accepting the ideas of others.