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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

More on Craigslea Project - Tamara Playne

Time for my second foray into blogworld. Thanks for the comments. I don't know where I am supposed to respond to them so it'll be in this post.

Left: here's a sample of some bleach dyeing we've been doing for the banners. There will be a series of 5 triangular banners 2 metres long. They'll be tie-dyed and then screen-printed. One of the teachers, Wendy McHugh, revealed her talent for shibori, which involved a combination of a 1metre drainpipe, some fabric, some students and 250metres of string. Wendy resisted the temptation to tie the students to the post. . .

Digital Installation. . . what is it?
There are six separate art features on the site. The one I'll feature today is the digital installation. It's basically a sturdy plywood box sited next to the ramp with two slots so people (of differing heights) can peek and in and . . . watch a visual story. The visual is coming from a data projector and laptop which will also go inside the box from time to time. On top of the box is a light sculpture in the shape of a pyramid made from hole-punched sheet aluminium. The idea of the box allows people to view digital stories in the day-time as well as night and mimics the building site hoarding where there is often a peep-hole for passers-by.

The students working on the digital story are interested in the "You are beautiful" concept. The YAB is an international non-commercial phenomenon. Google You are beautiful and you'll get an idea.
The basic notion is to remind people among the hustle,
bustle, and crazy consumerist world that you, everyone, individually, is
beautiful from the inside out
The message is being spread in lots of different ways including public artworks, messages left in lifts, stickers placed in surreptitious corners etc. There is no merchandise to buy and no-one is making a profit from it. It's just a lovely reminder of what's important in this world.

As a starter the students are photographing lots of different people in different locations wearing you are beautiful shirts, highlighting both diversity and sameness (equality of all life). Simple but cool.

So that'll be the first digital story that goes into the box but expect more. Because like quite a few of the artwork settings on the ramp (the banners, the revolving cubes, the water features) they are intended to be re-fitted for the next lot of creatives to make another addition .

Lastly, Junes comments about herb gardens, we're working on it. It's not a workable garden site but we want to address the sense of smell through planting lavender, rosemary and anything else that's hardy and aromatic. Suggestions welcome.

That's all for now, I'm off to story-telling of the Harry Potter kind. Anyone for Quidditch?


Tamara Playne


Blogger QCAN Member said...

Tamara, what an interesting project. It's great to see the images. The story of the unfinished stairs is a curious one...

I've also been doing a lot of school work lately, but through workshops rather than through a residency. Residencies are great for the continuity and the chance to develop an open dialogue with the students...as well as to let them see you at work. I used to undervalue that aspect of working with kids, but not anymore.

I'll post soon to tell some tales from around the ridges...

Rachel Apelt

12:35 pm, March 23, 2006  
Blogger QCAN Member said...

It would be great to have a studio type residency in a school but so far they've been much more workshop based. The strengths of this project is the way the artwork is being conceived and produced between the three groups who at this stage have never met. They are sharing the ideas through the digital images, maquettes, models and requests of each other.

I look forward to seeing some of your projects in your imminent blog.

8:25 pm, March 23, 2006  

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