Guest Editor: Malcom Bywaters

Abbey MacDonald, Vaughan Cruickshank: From the Wing Chair: Stories from and about the experience of living and working in a Tasmanian boarding school

Keywords: a/r/tographic,​ ​Tasmania,​ ​relationality

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This paper articulates the experience of living and working in a Tasmanian boarding school as told in relation to a sequence of inter-related journeys that intersect and unfold around a domestic object; specifically, a wing chair that has been passed down through three generations of boarding house students, tutors and house masters. Within this article, the researchers unfold an a/r/tographic inquiry that examines entwining inter-generational experiences from and in relation to this wing chair, that through the years, bore witness to distinct yet inter-related personal and professional journeys within a Tasmanian boarding school​ ​experience.

Tammy Wong Hulbert: Belonging and the Transient Home: A socially engaged art project

Keywords: Belonging, contemporary art, house and home

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Notions of comfort, safety and familiarity are all themes commonly associated with the idea of home, concepts that can be challenged by migration and mobility. A sense of belonging is critical to the experiences of home, yet recent catastrophes and conflicts have led to an increase in people seeking asylum, resulting in challenges to both the meaningfulness of belonging and a sense of home. ​Belonging and the Transient Home (2016) was a recent practice-based research project, exploring notions of the Australian domestic experience in relation to migration, asylum seekers and diasporic communities. Central to the project was how artistic processes can contribute to a sense of belonging in a new society and challenge assumption about our social relationship to home and how​ ​we​ ​may​ ​experience​ ​the​ ​domestic​ ​in​ ​Australia.

Christopher Orchard: Critical Practices of Place: Decolonisation and reinhabitation


Keywords: Place, decolonisation, reinhabitation

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This paper proposes that a practice-led research methodology embedded with a process of Decolonisation and Reinhabitation as co-dependent forms of analysis can generate a creative practice for environmental mutualism, and, a critical practice of place. The paper further argues that such a practice is necessary in the Anthropocene towards a critical bioregional understanding of ‘living well’ within place. Personal bioregional perspectives on making are interrogated towards the consideration of a new types of cartography; to define the locating of creative ideas and practices to bioregional specificity. The author explores their own domestic history and contemporary practices as case study towards emergent​ ​forms​ ​of​ ​environmental-arts​ ​practice.

Shaun Wilson: Scaling Home in Critical Studio Practice

Keywords: Scale, contemporary art, metamodernism

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This paper will discuss the notion of scaled representations of the home in contemporary art from the contextualisation of Metamodernism with attention to oscillation and the condition brought about by experiencing the scaled subject. It will discuss a set of differentiated philosophical ideas relating to, on the one hand, phenomenology and metaphysics contrasted with, on the other hand, speculative realism (SR) and object-oriented-ontology (OOO). Test cases of work from artists Thomas Doyle and Erwin Wurm will be discussed as further analysis to the author’s own critical studio practice, represented by the miniature series​ ​‘Hidden​ ​Memory’​ ​(2017)



Malcom Bywaters: House & Home: Malcom Bywaters

Keywords: Fine Arts, Sculpture, House, Finding Home

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The subject of this paper, ​House and Home is Malcom Bywaters, an Australian sculptor and academic acknowledged for his research specific to memory and domestic family space. Bywaters creative output and published research reflect his interest in the built environment, combined with childhood memory. In this paper I discuss the artist’s origins living on a rural Australian farm, his university years, international travel and the development of his interest in the impact of memory and architectural form on the creative sensibility, starting with his steel sculptural works from 1984 to the key artwork​ ​Finding Home, 2012. A sculptural biplane image constructed of wood and paper mache that symbolises a quest to understand the artist’s childhood up bringing on a rural farm in Victoria, Australia with the adult middle class life he now encapsulates. In the paper I elaborate on the ​Finding Home sculpture as a biplane motif that intentionally engages the audience in contemplating childhood and, by association, house and home.

Robert Lewis: Homo Fuge: Developing the Physio-Vocal Concept of Voice Theatre Lab's Early Productions (2007-2010)

Keywords: Intercultural, Performance, Butoh, Voice, Movement

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This paper discusses the techniques and methods used during rehearsal process and performances of the early physio-vocal exploratory productions staged by the Voice Theatre Lab​: ​White Dark (2007), an adaptation of Christopher Marlow​e’s​ DrFaustus​(2007,2008),​5(2008),​The​ Oedipus Project(2009)and Iam Nocte (2010). These productions were a result of experiments that took place during training sessions from 2006 to 2010, and was inspired by an eclectic range of Eastern and Western performance practices and techniques, predominantly Butoh, and its affect on the voice. This paper will give an opportunity to review what was involved in the incorporation of previous work done by the cast in preparing for the final performance, such as drawing abstract imagery from the performance text. This resulted in the development of their own original Butoh-Fu score, which subsequently affected physical and vocal action. This form therefore makes way for an intercultural, integrative form of performance highlighting the voice from the ‘inner world’ of the performer.


Shaun Wilson: Building a Memory Palace from the Ars Memoria Tradition through Video Installation

Keywords: Ars Memoria, Memory, Video Installation, Digital Media

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This paper will reflect on the Ars Memoria tradition by establishing new knowledge in the way in which mnemonic rhetoric can be integrated into video installation evidenced through the significant ‘Memory Palace 2017’ (Wilson, 2017) installation. It will position these traditions in relation to the different ways of thinking about memory which will begin with the Greek place and object memory system and end with Matteo Ricci’s late Renaissance Chinese memory palace. One of the key values in the wider Ars Memoria tradition was to locate objects and images into specifically imagined spaces which represented a cognitive way to recall memories through a categorised, cognitive database. These databases were established through specific guidelines located in several key texts that when considered shall first, inform a method by which the video installation can be later developed and second, to attest new knowledge in the ways we might ought to come to terms with the integration of spatialising memory through studio practice.

Chris Henschke: High Energy Practices: Art and Particle Accelerators

Keywords: Media Arts, Particle Accelerator, Science Art

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In this paper I discuss technological, social and epistemic aspects of experimental practice in high-energy physics; and how art / science residencies and collaborations engage with such aspects. I analyse qualities of art / science collaboration, and describe the processes involved in the production of a site-specific work I produced whilst at CERN.