This one is quite an older project now, but, I’m trying to add some history! We had an exhibition at the (now closed) Cereal Box regarding the city of Townsville and what it exactly is. It was during a time when the city was trying to give itself some identity, and many of the streets were being ripped up and the mall redeveloped. There were lots of abandoned buildings, which also gave way for some positive projects like Cereal Box, OrganiGallery, Katelyn Aslett’s felting studio, and other “Renew Townsville” projects. I worked with Robert Crispe, Harry Stanley, and a team from class.
Robert and I snapped photos of textures from the CBD to make a collaborative projection piece with a custom city-frame we cut out from cardboard and painted up. Other projects were a big mashup of Townsville buildings, and a word association type work that used text found in the city, re-arranged to make new phrases.
A lot of the exhibition just sprang from necessity. Like, there was spare space in the middle, so we forged an assemblage from pallets and council posts. And painted symbolism of the city onto cards a littered them over it. Another thing like that was the light-rope representation of castle hill. Complete with the saint cut-out. We had a REALLY AWESOME audio track too. There was a guy who was a genius with sound who recorded a whole heap of material from the city, like people chatting, light traffic, traffic light pedestrian buzzers, the strand, bikes, etc. He arranged the whole lot in a giant loop which just oozed “city”. Mitch Goodwin was our mentor for the whole thing and helped guide us, while allowing us complete freedom and control. Enjoy the photos!