Transformations, Art and the City
Transformations, Art and the City edited by Professor Elizabeth M. Grierson was launched on Wednesday 26 July, 2017 at RMIT School of Art. The book is an edited book exploring the relationship between art, cities and public spaces and the transformative power of art and features the writing of artists and researchers of the Centre for Art, Society and Transformation. The book features my chapter on Applying the Creative City: Curating Art in urban spaces, a chapter which originated from my PhD research on The City as Curated Space (2011). The book is published by Intellect Books and is distributed through University of Chicago Press.
New Book Chapter: Sustainability Citizenship in Cities
A new Routledge publication Sustainability Citizenship and Cities (2016) edited by Ralph Horne, John Fien, Beau Beza and Anitra Nelson has been launched and contains a chapter of mine called Curating the City: Encouraging Sustainability. The books seeks to explain how sustainability citizenship can manifest as various rights and responsibilities of citizens in urban environments and from various research angles. The chapter I wrote for this publication discussed the Flavours of Glenroy (2013-15) a public art project, I initiated using Mobile Edible Gardens. The chapter focuses on the the role public based arts can play in connecting communities by encouraging sustainable practices. The book was officially launched on Friday 17 June, 2016 5pm at RMIT University in Storey Hall.
Belonging was a project building on my interest in how art can play a role in encouraging inclusive cities and communities. The project emerged from my earlier work in Glenroy, Victoria on the Artists Incubator project. Building on an existing relationship with the Vicseg Asylum Seekers Social Health Group, this project was specifically developed with the Iranian family playgroup, based in the northern suburb of Broadmeadow, Melbourne.
Speaking at the Andy Warhol - Ai Weiwei exhibition at the NGV
In February, March and April I was invited by the NGV, Melbourne to speak on Ai Weiwei's work June 1994 during the Andy Warhol - Ai Weiwei exhibition. The talk I presented was The City as a Site for Subversive Expression which discussed China in the mid 1990s, which was at a crossroads, transforming from rural to urban, a result of a communist society embracing capitalism. This talk focuses on placing the work June 1994 in the social and cultural context of a rapidly transforming city, Beijing and discussed the impact of these changes on the contemporary art community.
Through the process of preparing for the exhibition, I went back through my archive of old catalogues and discovered that I had also been in a show with Ai Weiwei in Ping Yao, back in my China days in the early 2000s! Such fond memories I have of that time in my life.The final talk was given at the closing weekend of the exhibition and I was amazed to see the huge numbers of people attending the show, the gallery is doing a great job at attracting new audiences.
Gathering Glenroy: Wrapping up the Incubator experience
The Artists Incubator: Glenroy Team hosted Gathering Glenroy on Saturday 14 November, 2015 11am-3pm, at the Wheatsheaf Hub, Glenroy. This was an art event for the Glenroy community to participate in a series of workshops run by the artists of the residency.
The artists of the Incubator residency hosted the event as a way of engaging with the Glenroy community in art making and sharing our 'gathered' experiences with the broader community. This event is a continuation of the research being undertaken under the Artists Incubator: Glenroy Research Framework. The research team are now preparing for reflecting the project to develop a publication to share their findings. For more information visit the Artists Incubator Website. View a summary of the research project via this AIG prezi presentation.
Artists Incubator: Glenroy introducing the artists
After a busy summer break, the Artists Incubator: Glenroy research project is starting to take shape. We have selected our artists, Rebecca Mayo, James Voller, Phil Edwards and Sofi Basseghi. The artists are currently being inducted into our incubator space and are starting to get themselves ready for working with the local community. Pictured above is our participation in the Glenroy Festival on Sunday 22 March, 2015 with 'The Great Mobile Edible Garden Community Race' to raise funds for Vicseg's Asylum Seeker Playgroup. The race was a great success, with many people from different parts of the community taking part.
Artists Incubator: Glenroy is an RMIT University Centre for Art, Society and Transformation research project. AIG will focus on a program of resident artists working in our Wheatsheaf Hub Studio for an extended period of time to develop socially engaged projects with public based outcomes. The project focuses on the role art can play in urban communities in building capacity, encourage new relationships, provide a platform for a community's self reflection and encourage a sense of belonging. Watch the race here.
New participatory work Take Me, I'm yours
installed in a Brunswick laneway
Take me, I'm Yours, was a recent public art project developed with the Mountfield and Howard Lane Community in Brunswick. The group recently formed to protect the local bluestone laneway heritage of the neighbourhood and have become a community gardening group. My recent interests in how we can encourage participation in the our urban environments led to this experiment of creating a vertical garden to share with the broader community, encouraging passer-bys to take some of the edible plants for their own use. The project brings together several areas of my interests in public art, urban communities and my training in ceramics. Pictured above is Suzy Pinchen watering the planters which are located at the back of her house.
Mobile Edible Garden intervention
Flavours of Glenroy is launched
In late 2013, collaborative artists Rowena Booth, Shane Hulbert and I, proposed an art in public space project Flavours of Glenroy. We were awarded a Connecting Community Grant from Moreland City Council to develop this participatory art event which involves locals of the suburb of Glenroy, Victoria. The project links to a larger strategy the Glenroy Artist Incubator investigating how locally situated public art based projects can activate and connect suburban central activities districts.
The intention of this project was to connect to the local community through the common experience of food and to look towards creative methods of capturing a snapshot of the diversity of local culinary practices and cultural influences in the suburb. The findings recorded by these interactions with the public will contribute towards a book that will celebrate the many cultural influences that exists in Glenroy.
This project was developed in partnership with Scope, a Victorian disability service provider. The people supported by Scope participated in the process by growing the plants that were shared with the local community. This project is also a project of Art, Cities and Transformation, an RMIT University Research Centre. For more information and images visit the Flavours of Glenroy site.
HK ID exhibition opens at the Chinese Museum, Melbourne
October 7 - December 20, 2013
HK ID presents a selection of work by local and international photographers exploring Hong Kong Identity after fifteen years have passed since the handing over of Hong Kong as a British Colony to Chinese rule. During this time, the people of Hong Kong have been reflecting upon their transformed identities under these new social and political circumstances.
Lumens Festival: Curating the Ancient City publication now available
The Lumens Festival: Curating the Ancient City publication is published. The Lumens Festival was a contemporary Australian and Chinese photography and video projection festival originally developed for the Ping Jiang Road canals of Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, May 2012. The resulting video works from the project were also screened at Federation Square, Melbourne, December, 2012 - January, 2013. The project was supported by the Victorian Government and built on the existing Sister State relationship between Victoria and Jiangsu province, China. The publication features scholarly reflections on the project by the curatorial team and an introduction by Susan van Wyk, Senior Curator of Photography, National Gallery of Victoria and is available through Australian Scholarly Publishing.
Lumens Festival: Melbourne is screened at Federation Square, Melbourne
Thursday December 6, 2012
Dec 2012 - Jan 2013 - Big Screen, Federation Square
The Lumens Festival team would like to announce we are partnering with Federation Square to screen the Festival in Melbourne! The exhibition will feature the work of contemporary Victorian photography exhibited in Suzhou, China in May 2012. The project was developed by the curatorial team Geoff Hogg, Shane Hulbert, Clare Leporati and myself. The project is supported by the Victorian Government and will build on the existing Sister State relationship Victoria has with Jiangsu province, China. For more information visit the Lumens Festival website. A publication about the project is currently under production, to be published by Australian Scholarly Publishing, available in October, 2013.
Lumens Festival: Curating the Ancient City is activated the
canals of Suzhou, China
May 11-13, 2012, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China
A new public exhibition of contemporary Victorian and Jiangsu photography was exhibited in Suzhou, China in May 2012 as a night festival, running over three nights. The project was developed by the curatorial team Shane Hulbert, Geoff Hogg and Clare Leporati and I. The project was to be supported by the Victorian Government Department of Premier and Cabinet, building and enhancing the existing sister state relationship between Victoria and Jiangsu province, China.
Gateway: Melbourne exhibition is launched at the Chinese Museum, Melbourne
May, 2010, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
May 2010 - RMIT's Design Research Institute Intervention through Meridians: Shanghai 2010 Art & Sound in Public Space project was launched in May 2010, Shanghai. The exhibition features the work of Shanghai based artist Wei Tianyu, Wang Kai, Zhang Lang Sheng and Australian Artists Cameron Robbins, Claire Tracey and Joanna Buckley Curated by Tammy Wong, Clare Leporati, Geoff Hogg and Rupa Ramanathan. The exhibition was developed in collaboration with East China Normal University, Shanghai and is support by Arts Victoria and the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development. The exhibition is officially part of the Victorian Cultural Contribution of the Australian Pavilion to the Shanghai World Expo.