Key Activities for October 2013
Posted by Andrea Lewis
We are now two months into FIVE, from the time of our wonderful August launch in Perth. Since then, both FIVE Busselton and FIVE Paraburdoo have been launched. Our first two – of the eventual five – projects will each work with very different, but complementary, aspects of regional living in a mining and FIFO context – as well as more broadly in each community. As many of you know, Alex Mickle is working with mine workers in Paraburdoo, using mining processes to forge new territory in sculptural techniques that will result in a public work for the town of Paraburdoo. This project is a unique fusion of artistic and mining processes in the context of a mine site and a remote Pilbara town, a product of the efforts of those who work long shifts, away from home for a large resources company.
In Busselton, the families of those Pilbara mining workers have been invited to participate in both an Ephemeral Arts project and a Whole-of-Community sculptural and digital work. The beautiful setting of this seaside town is home to families and friends connected to the Pilbara through loved ones who are away from home for stretches of time. FIVE Busselton is about finding and sharing their stories.
In a significant milestone for FIVE, we welcomed two of our key artists, Craig Walsh and Hiromi Tango, to Western Australia, to commence their work with FIVE. Craig and Hiromi work in tandem, and they will take up residencies in all five communities – becoming a 'common thread' of the project. It is their initiatives, ultimately, that will link all five communities in a body of work that will tell much of the story of FIVE.
Also crucial to telling the story of FIVE is our two-year evaluation program, run collaboratively by DADAA's Natalie Georgeff and Murdoch University's Peter Wright. Both skilled in the theory and practice of evaluation, Nat and Peter will work from frameworks sensitive to the complex settings and processes of artistic work in a community work. Their ways of working will be exploratory and adaptive, keenly sensitive to understanding both stated objectives and unintended consequences of our pilot project.
Finally, look for us on ABC Open in November when we will be participating in the project Mining Life!