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Walking Upstream: Waterways of the Illawarra

Visual Arts - Body of Work in a Group Exhibition


Type Of Work


  • Visual Arts - Body of Work in a Group Exhibition

Abstract


  • Hemmed in between the Tasman Sea to the east and steep escarpment to the west, the Wollongong (or Illawarra) region has few large rivers, but an abundance of small watercourses. Rainwater seeps down the escarpment forming gullies and creeks. These watercourses run through backyards, alongside sports ovals, through industrial estates, and variously constitute picturesque (desirable) water features and unsightly concrete-lined drains.

    Walking Upstream: Waterways of the Illawarra has roots in the avant-garde practices of the past century: conceptual art, socially-engaged art practice, land art, and happenings, for example. It is at this site, between land and sea, that these three intrepid artists actively adopt Donald Brook’s definition of art as ‘unspecific experimental modelling’. Through embodied acts of walking as a trio, and in consort with fellow walkers, they seek to be in these places as they traverse the diversity of landscapes.

    The walkers begin at the sea, at an identifiable ‘mouth’. They walk their way upstream along named and unnamed creeks, hacking through weeds and undergrowth, skirting along property boundaries, talking their way into people’s yards. They continue for as long as geography, topography, and social boundaries allow.

    Through this simple methodology, their trajectories intersect with various cultures of land use – mining, bush regeneration, weed infestation and suburbanisation. These walks are a form of ‘ground truthing’ – a means of comparing official maps and aerial photographs with the lived experience of tramping along actual creeks. Walking Upstream: Waterways of the Illawarra is a resolutely local project – born from the desire of the key walkers to engage more deeply with the topographical, ecological, and social fabric of where they live.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • B. Bunt, L. M. Ihlein & K. Williams 2015 Walking Upstream: Waterways of the Illawarra VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery Melbourne VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery 9 October to 7 November 2015 https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/era2018/output_112679.pdf https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/era2018/output_112679.pdf http://www.performingmobilities.net/symposium/traces_gallery/walking-upstream-waterways-of-the-illawarra/

Date Of Exhibition


  • 9 October to 7 November 2015

Url


  • http://www.performingmobilities.net/symposium/traces_gallery/walking-upstream-waterways-of-the-illawarra/

Venue


  • VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery

Place Of Publication


  • Melbourne

Type Of Work


  • Visual Arts - Body of Work in a Group Exhibition

Abstract


  • Hemmed in between the Tasman Sea to the east and steep escarpment to the west, the Wollongong (or Illawarra) region has few large rivers, but an abundance of small watercourses. Rainwater seeps down the escarpment forming gullies and creeks. These watercourses run through backyards, alongside sports ovals, through industrial estates, and variously constitute picturesque (desirable) water features and unsightly concrete-lined drains.

    Walking Upstream: Waterways of the Illawarra has roots in the avant-garde practices of the past century: conceptual art, socially-engaged art practice, land art, and happenings, for example. It is at this site, between land and sea, that these three intrepid artists actively adopt Donald Brook’s definition of art as ‘unspecific experimental modelling’. Through embodied acts of walking as a trio, and in consort with fellow walkers, they seek to be in these places as they traverse the diversity of landscapes.

    The walkers begin at the sea, at an identifiable ‘mouth’. They walk their way upstream along named and unnamed creeks, hacking through weeds and undergrowth, skirting along property boundaries, talking their way into people’s yards. They continue for as long as geography, topography, and social boundaries allow.

    Through this simple methodology, their trajectories intersect with various cultures of land use – mining, bush regeneration, weed infestation and suburbanisation. These walks are a form of ‘ground truthing’ – a means of comparing official maps and aerial photographs with the lived experience of tramping along actual creeks. Walking Upstream: Waterways of the Illawarra is a resolutely local project – born from the desire of the key walkers to engage more deeply with the topographical, ecological, and social fabric of where they live.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • B. Bunt, L. M. Ihlein & K. Williams 2015 Walking Upstream: Waterways of the Illawarra VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery Melbourne VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery 9 October to 7 November 2015 https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/era2018/output_112679.pdf https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/era2018/output_112679.pdf http://www.performingmobilities.net/symposium/traces_gallery/walking-upstream-waterways-of-the-illawarra/

Date Of Exhibition


  • 9 October to 7 November 2015

Url


  • http://www.performingmobilities.net/symposium/traces_gallery/walking-upstream-waterways-of-the-illawarra/

Venue


  • VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery

Place Of Publication


  • Melbourne