NEWS

News From Home Newspaper - COMING SOON!

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Soon my ongoing documentary project News From Home will have a publication. This project, which has taken place in 8 countries to date, will soon be published in a limited-edition 16 page newspaper. I have dedicated much of the past two years to this project and I am excited to give it a new audience and share its stories further. The final touches are being put on the newspaper now, with the distribution to be announced in the coming weeks. To find out more you can head to the project's Instagram page.

BARCELONA - For 'Sounds of our Cities' Project

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

Alongside artist Anne Fehres, I am currently undertaking a residency in Barcelona as part of the SOUNDS OF OUR CITIES project. This is a European project of cultural cooperation based upon research and the transfer of knowledge among the spheres of art, technology and social space. It is led by the City of Roeselare, Idensitat, Dear Hunter and Aalborg Universitet. The project focuses on two local contexts (Krottegem in Roeselare and Sant Andreu in Barcelona), as a critical reflection upon cultural identity in relation to the concepts of community and silence.

The objective is to activate sound art ideas in order to create a story that, from contemporary reality, deals with the concept of "silenced spaces". Taking recall and memory as its point of departure, the project aims to offer a fictional landscape upon which to project various realities, while opening up debate upon current issues.

We will be working on our project 'News From Home' during the residency - capturing various sounds from the local community of Sant Andreu (Barcelona). We will develop an exhibition of our work from this period, to be displayed next year.

TASMAN - Virtual Tour

There is now a virtual tour of my exhibition 'Tasman' available online, for those that are unable to make the exhibition because of COVID restrictions and distance. The tour can be done on a mobile device, however the best experience is from a desktop computer. You can move around the exhibition space, as well as click on various links to view images of work details.

Thanks to Stroom Den Haag for their support in making this documentation.

EXHIBITION OPEN!

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Today is the opening of 'TASMAN' and exhibition by myself and collaborator Anne Fehres. The works are created out of a variety of eclectic resources from 90s pop culture, internet iconography, stock photography, historical archives and personal images. Each piece in the exhibition consists of hundreds of individual images that have been digitally brought together and later added to with a variety of manual techniques. What emerges from this approach, is a mythology that is full of contradictions and new interpretations, where Abel Tasman remains just as unknowable as ever.

TASMAN - Exhibition 18th September, Concordia Enschede

Monday, August 31, 2020

On the 18th of September I have a new solo exhibition opening in Enschede in The Netherlands. The exhibition, produced with Dutch artist Anne Fehres, is based upon the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. This project stems from our shared interest in this figure and our shared history, as this Dutch man 'discovered' Tasmania in 1642 and this is the island where I grew up. 

The works included in the exhibition will be a combination of digitally printed collages and manual techniques.

Searching for Abel Tasman

Monday, August 17, 2020

Currently I am part of the Artist Residency Enschede program (ARE), working in Enschede, The Netherlands. During this residency, I will be working with my collaborator Anne Fehres on a project titled Tasman. The project is a visual exploration through textile works, which use the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman as a conceptual starting point. 

Talk To Me - Project Opening on Pampus Island, The Netherlands

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Over the weekend Anne Fehres and I opened our latest project 'Talk To Me' as part of the exhibition for Het Klimaatmuseum on Fort Island Pampus in The Netherlands.

‘Talk To Me’, is a humorous and thoughtful sound project which aims to explore the possibility for Human communication with the ‘Other Than Human’. It does so through the creation of various absurdist, fictional dialogues with objects/entities.


For the exhibition on Pampus Island we created fictional dialogues with three natural objects on the island - a tree, stone and grass blade. The interactive sound installation takes the audience on a journey through each object's life. The story of each object offers an examination of the human condition, ultimately touching on the basic things that make us who we are and encourage a greater imagination towards the earthly objects all around us.

The audio from this exhibition can be found below.

Talk To Me - Opening 15th August, Pampus Island, The Netherlands

Saturday, August 08, 2020

Over the past weeks, I, alongside my collaborator Anne Fehres, have been working on an audio project titled 'Talk To Me' for Het Klimaatmuseum. This project will be opened on Pampus Island, in The Netherlands in the coming week. 'Talk To Me' presents three fictional conversations with objects on this island. Through listening and actively engaging with the conversations presented, this project aims to encourage new perspectives and help build a greater consideration of the natural world around us.

Selection for ARE Holland Residency Program

Thursday, August 06, 2020

During July, August and September I will be working at Artist Residency Enschede (ARE), working on a variety of new textile works. These works will be based on Abel Tasman, the Dutch explorer who was the first European to set foot on Tasmania. The results of the residency will be exhibited in the gallery 'Concordia', in Enschede at the end of the residency period.

ART ON AN ISLAND

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

In August, a new project titled 'Talk To Me' will be exhibited on the Pampus, an island off Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Talk To Me is a sound installation that gives nature on Pampus a voice. What does a tree, stone or blade of grass have to say? Absurd sounds and fictional dialogues make us think about a different, more sustainable world.

I am in a short documentary talking about my project Solidarity Sky

Monday, June 15, 2020

I was recently part of a short documentary where alongside my co-creator Anne Fehres I talked about one of my lastest project - Solidarity Sky. In the clip I talk about the inspiration for this project , how it came about and also what I hope to achieve with it.

Solidarity Sky in The Mercury newspaper, Tasmania

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Our project was mentioned this week in The Mercury newspaper, in Tasmania. We spoke to them about our current project Solidarity Sky and what we hope to achieve. 

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