june 2008 (continued)

thisiscurating_opening_may 08
image courtesy of Firstdraft

Notes on a state of conversation

essay commissioned and originally published
Issue 11: Conversation
edited by Anneke Jaspers
Winter 2008

runway 11 cover_winter 08

download pdf of full text here [64KB]

On the short term, phones and email can be used
to arrange meetings. But they often fail to provide
the impetus that actually brings people in
dialogue with one another. They act as alibis for
the commitment that may or may not be sufficiently
developed between people. Given the event-led
cultural economy we live in today, communication
after the fact proves to be the weakest link in
our development. One might envisage setting up
art practice… Face to face contact is precious.

– Clementine Deliss (1)

Over a recent three-week period I was immersed in an incidental but noticeable sequence of visual arts dialogue events and encounters. These seem useful material for a part round-up, part temperature check on how occasions to talk to each other – as artists, audiences, people, peers, and communities – are being generated out of local practices, projects and spaces. On the varying qualities of these occasions, differing approaches to facilitation, and the meaningful potential and effects of thoughtful discursive practice. Continue Reading »



november – december 2008

gocco print_xmas 08

DIY Publishing Course
Pine Street Creative Arts Centre
Darlington Studio
4 weeks of tuesday nights
11 November – 2 December
learning Riso and print Gocco with The Rizzeria

terracing in Glovers garden rozelle_nov 08 
dave in the chook shed at Glovers garden_nov 08

Intro to Permaculture : Sydney
Milkwood Permaculture
Orange Grove Public School
15-16 November 2008
with visit to Glovers Community Garden, Rozelle.



november 2008

TCB_Y2K_outside view_nov 08 
Y2K_room view 1 
Y2K_room view_2 
Y2K_The___Hall_nov 08

The____Hall 2008
digital print poster, document thread, paper clay, scrap plasterboard, fabric, cloth tape, brackets, hardware.

The (self initiated Artist funded) Second (fourth)
Y2K Melbourne Biennial of Art (& design)

Bianca Hester. Sean Bailey. Simon Taylor. Jon Campbell. Kate Newby. John Nixon. Matt Hinkley. Nick Mangan & Ying Lan Dan. Nick Selenitsch. Kate Smith. Dan Arps. Damon Packard. Ida Ekblad. Daniel du Bern. Alexander Ouchtomsky. Ben Tankard. Liv Barrett. Scott Mitchell. OSW. Animal Charm. Matthew Brown. Jane Caught. Alex Vivian. Masato Takasaka. Helen Johnson. Sean Peoples/ Cheese Peoples. James Deutsher. Sriwhana Spong. Kain Picken. Rob Mckenzie. Kain Picken & Rob McKenzie. Spiros Panigirakis. Lisa Kelly. Joshua Petherick. Matt Griffin. Geoff Newton. Pat Foster & Jen Berean. Liz Allen. Gregory P Sharp. Justin K Fuller. Ardi Gunawan. Xin Cheng. Hao Guo. Annie Wu. Christopher L G Hill. Janneke Raaphorst. Ruth Buchanan. Tahi Moore.Taree Mackenzie. Simon McGlinn. ffiXXed. Christopher Schueler & Matthew Hopkins. Dylan Statham. ACW. Fiona Connor. and more…..

19th Nov. to 6th Dec. 2008

curated by Christopher L G Hill

Y2K catalogue_front Y2K catalogue_middle Y2K catalogue_back

TCB art inc.

the greenhouse_fed square_nov 08
Fed Square, Melbourne
The Greenhouse
Sustainable architecture project.

ian potter waste_fed square_nov 08
Fed Square, Melbourne
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
Waste goes on…

group projects


october 2008

City of Sydney_Coat of Arms 
making seedballs 
week 3_room view 
CoS archives_architect plan 
week 3_closing event 
Potential__site post 
week 3.



Lisa Kelly
Dennis Tan

4th – 18th October 2008
open & in progress wed-sun 11-5pm

opening event: Friday 3rd October 6-8pm
closing event: Saturday 18th October 2pm til sunset

Chrissie Cotter Gallery
[rear of Camperdown Bowling Club]
Pidcock St Camperdown NSW 2050

room plan [32KB] & room list [80KB] as at opening

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individual projects


august 2008

studio_winter sun_aug 08

Winter sun. Surry Hills 08.

studio practice


june 2006


speakers: Reuben Keehan, Ian Milliss, Zanny Begg, Margaret Mayhew


Loose projects

forum coordinated by Anne Kay & Lisa Kelly
in response to Zones of Contact 2006 Biennale of Sydney
curated by Charles Merewether

Cones of Zontact: forum
Cones of Zontact forum, publication & exhibition: gathering & browsing

ANNE KAY__ Thanks, we might get started. Thanks so much for coming. Lisa and I organised this as part of Loose. Does everyone know that there’s ten of us in Loose? There’s info of the website if you’re interested, but it’s not just us two. A few of us are here, like Philipa [Veitch], Alex [Gawronski], Jane [Polkinghorne], Mark [Titmarsh]. Yeah, I don’t know, do you want to talk a bit about the project?

LISA KELLY__Yeah. So we’re sitting inside headquarters of Cones of Zontact, which is a publication project that we came up with. When we started Loose, we pretty much figured on operating as a cooperative kind of project where everyone took a month of the program and devised their own project within that. But in June and the Biennale, and with us having opened quite recently, we were quite keen to do some kind of point of response to the Biennale of Sydney. And as a lot of people here who have participated in the project will appreciate, our interest was to do something that included as many artists living and working in Sydney as possible. Being an observation or counterpoint to the fact that there’s only one Sydney based artist in the Zones of Contact exhibition: Ruark Lewis. The infamous Ruark Lewis…

So the intention of this forum is, it’s a loose forum, it’s just to create some informal kind of space for dialogue around issues of points of relationship between large organisational structures, international and national structures, like biennales, and how they kind of relate to ground level artists’ communities in the cities that they occur in. Whether that’s Sydney, or other people might have experience of biennales in other cities…

download pdf [4.8MB] of full transcript and images from tape 1
[transcribed by LK & AK from poor audio recording]
edited highlights of discussion from tape 2 available for listening as mp3 here

for transcript excerpts Continue Reading »

group projects


february 2003

we pollute_banner  
we pollute_sign  
we polllute_throwaways_1  
we pollute_bike lock

We Pollute – working notes, Milano 2003

1. Banner (polvere) 2003
remnant fabric, thread, timber, wire
2. Sign 2003
found timber & plastic, cable ties, fabric, thread, sand, hardware
3. Untitled 1 & 2 2003
found plastics & timber, dowel, cement
4. Lock 2003
chain, padlock, fabric, thread

Australia Council Milan studio residency, Viafarini
december 2002 – february 2003

Three months in Milan at a time the city was announced the most polluted in western Europe. Compulsory car-free days and homemade banners declaring NO ALLO SMOG slung out of palazzo windows. Works improvised from rubbish and remnants, placed and abandoned as additions to the shifting body of flotsam.



june 2008

botanical gardens_fallen dragon's blood 
botanical gardens_coir barrier 
circular quay_electrical tape & bamboo
Things seen between.
Criss-crossing the city venues in the first week of Revolutions – Forms That Turn 2008 Biennale of Sydney.
1. fallen Dragon’s Blood 2. coir thing 3. bound tree (electrical tape & bamboo)

Cockatoo island_sign 
cockatoo island_turbine hall 
cockatoo island_buildings & sky 
cockatoo island_ferry lights
Cockatoo Island
Biennale of Sydney 2008
1. sign 2. Turbine Hall 3. buildings & winter sky 4. lights on the last ferry.



september 1998

visiting pieces_scraps 
visiting pieces_tree box 
visiting pieces_slide viewer 
visiting pieces_lost[reverse] 
visiting pieces_corner prop

Visiting Pieces
Anne Kay & Lisa Kelly

visiting pieces_invite

West Space
16 september – 3 october 1998

1. Scraps 1998
mattress fabric scraps, interfacing.
2. Untitled 1998
printed plastics, glass slide, cardboard box, slide projector, timer.
3. Repairs 1998 (with view of Picture Tree Anne Kay)
transparency, slide viewer and packaging.
4. Lost [reverse] 1998
adhesive vinyl offcuts.
5. Untitled 1998
found plastic.

visiting pieces_room sheet_lisa visiting pieces_room sheet_anne kay



august 2005

I want to be Loieln Doolsn_1 
I want to be Lioeln Doolsn_ 2


Only one and a bit days to go

Mikala Dwyer
Darren Knight gallery, Sydney.
28 june – 23 july 2005

performed by Justin Butcha, Grzegorz Gawronski, Tom Isaacs, Jum and Ben Terakes

chapter Delirium selected by Bianca Hester
Melbourne, 2005

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Turning up to an opening can inspire a moment or two of presentation anxiety. Approaching the entrance you’ll do what you can with your hair, straighten clothes and hope there’s nothing stuck in your teeth. Crossing the threshold swells this hyped exteriority, the work suddenly a dim pretext for your arrival to play a part in the galaxy of interactions, signs, signals and social insincerities that greet an exhibition into the world of interpersonal relations on its opening night. Though the gears will change quickly, the moment you’re afforded to assess the situation (who’s here? who’s not here?) from its ‘outside’ swiftly collapsing as you’re swept into its overflow with a hello, an observation, an exchange. Becoming suddenly of and integral to the human context field of this artist, this exhibition, this gallery. Depending on how at home or in good company you feel inside this ‘inside’ there might be flashes back to that outer rim (glancing eyes, things said and unsaid), as a roomful of people go about interconnectedly generating and processing a meshwork of messages and meanings around, about or beyond the artwork they’ve come to see.

Funny things were happening at the opening of Mikala Dwyer’s ‘Only one and a bit days to go’. Planted into this given theatre of interactions seemed to be a cast of players acting at subtly externalising and frazzling these edges of personal conceit and consciousness. It wasn’t obvious at first, and remained slight enough to be unsettling even when you ‘got it’. Continue Reading »