I just did a Next Wave residency for one month at the Meat Market in Melbourne,
in preparation for an art show about new beginnings, which is a topic that roams right up my alley and close to my heart. My team was Michael, Zoe and Matthew from Tape Projects. Ours ended up being a live interactive mini-series called Becoming Carol Brown. It finished on Sunday so I am just beginning to digest
the experience. There were four other collectives too. Sadly though, we all got engulfed in our own creative bubbles and barely saw each other until the last week .
title of this project, with its nod to alchemy, suggests an outmoded
philosophy. To me alchemy is particularly interesting when understood in
terms of process and not product. It’s not really about attaining gold
from base metals but rather the mental space that that process allows –
that utopia, if you like. Process over product, that’s the key.
— Simon Starling
British artist Simon Starling’s Autoxylopyrocycloboros documents
a project he undertook in Scotland in 2006; this slide sequence being
the only permanent record of the event. The original work entailed the
artist reclaiming a small steam boat called Dignity from the bottom of
Lake Windermere then motoring in it across nearby Loch Long, using the
wood from which the boat was constructed to fuel its motion in a process
of auto-destruction that eventually returned the vessel to the bottom
of the loch. This cycle of recovery and destruction finds its ideal
visual analogy in the revolutions of slides that pass through the
projector to seamlessly document the performance. As a record that
outlasts the action, it offers a metaphor for photography’s historical
value; yet Autoxylopyrocycloborosactually takes us nowhere, as each rotation returns us to the beginning; a perpetual return that delivers no final effect.
describes his work as ‘the physical manifestation of a thought
process’. As such it is an absurdist response to the terms of the Cove
Park Commission for which the work was executed, which is designed
specifically to enable a contemporary artist to undertake a period of
artistic research in order to produce new work. Using old
technology—steam propulsion and slide projection—Starling provides a
humorously fitting analogy for the possible consequences of future
real-world auto-destruction, referring—in the raising and sinking of his
little vessel—to the Trident submarines that carry missiles as part of
the United Kingdom’s strategy of nuclear deterrence that share their
base in Loch Long. Autoxylopyrocycloborosis therefore more
than a record; it survives as a meditation on history and technology and
a pointed critique of our all-too-human investment in progress and the
abuse of power to which it gives rise.
exhibition has been realised through a partnership with the Adam Art
Gallery, Wellington, and is received courtesy of Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York.
Opening Tuesday 22 May, 6pm
23 May – 23 June, 2012
55 Sandyford Street
In our case we are using our knowledge and experience of past parties and our solid psychic connections with C.G Jung to make current parties in the present totally pop :
is a momentous day in the field of Party Artistry. A collection of
collectives have pooled their skills to transform Westspace on Bourke St
into a HIVE OF STARTLING ACTIVITY in an art show about NEW BEGINNINGS as part of Melbourne's NEXT WAVE festival. I am writing from a peach office in the heart of Carol Brown's brain on set of Becoming Carol Brown by Tape Projects ... a live mini-series featuring interactive new episodes daily between NOW and May 27th.
Carol is going to receive an abundance of information and needs your help to file it in a TRULY OUTRAGEOUS FASHION !
Our group is making an installation that functions as a live mini-series in thegallery. It is called BECOMING CAROL BROWN and is loosely based on a new beginning someone had once, when they discovered a party within
themselves. The set will roughly represent the interior of my brain, a
universal brain, as a venue for realising, reading, partying, decoding
cryptic puzzles, communicating, experiencing and observing chemical
reactions. Each day features a new episode ... which brings me to a
For our Christmas episode, A Christmas Carol, we are making a
giant pass the parcel full of presents for whoever opens that layer. It
will start in the gallery and be passed on and on and on until all the
layers are shed and we find out what's in the middle. We are requesting
donations of gifts. Anything that you have gleaned all the joules you
need out of and would like to pass on. Music, books, drawings, yummy
snacks (preferably not ones you've gleaned the joules out of), art, a
thought you just jotted down. Paper matter and light things are good.
Please send or deliver any contributions you care to donate to ...
A CHRISTMAS CAROL TAPE PROJECTS
PO Box 24091
Melbourne, Vic, 3001
or (if delivering) ...
WESTSPACE Level 1, 225 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Vic, 3000
before Friday the 18th of May or soon after, for wrapping in time for our (XX)X-MAS PARTY, Friday May 25th.
Please pass this on to any genius friends who have the x-mas spirit !