BIN-OCULAR [Australian Crust]

Woodcock, Rosemary 2018, BIN-OCULAR [Australian Crust], 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo Japan.

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Title BIN-OCULAR [Australian Crust]
Creator(s) Woodcock, RosemaryORCID iD for Woodcock, Rosemary
Year presented 2018
Year created 2018
Material type art original
Description of artwork Installation (latex, soil, broken glass, thread, steel, charcoal, bottle); audio component (MP3 player, audio track, broken glass)
Publisher 3331 Arts Chiyoda
Place of publication Tokyo Japan
Keyword(s) duologic method
experimental stereoscopy
soil geomorphology
non-optical lenses
indigenous cultural heritage
Summary BIN-OCULAR is a pun on the word 'bottle' in Japanese (bin) and a reference to how binocular (3D) vision is assumed to give an acute (real) view of the world. 'Crust' refers to how the mineral resources sector (and some national governments) typically treat soil as some annoying object in the way of extracting iron ore and coal. But soil is the Earth's living 'skin' and all terrestrial life depends on it. BIN-OCULAR is about our relationship with the soil. It explores the geological and cultural histories of the Merri Creek region in northern suburban Melbourne (Australia) with reference to the politics of White Australia. Before European settlement, Merri Creek was home to the aboriginal Wurundjeri-willam people. From 1835 subdivision of land in the region was followed by rapid expansion of industries around quarrying, brickmaking and farming into the late 1800s. This brought housing, transport and commercial development, all of which served to scatter, bury or remove the traces of aboriginal presence in the region. One day while walking along the Merri Creek, I found a whole, unbroken, brown bottle of White King bleach half-buried in the soil. In BIN-OCULAR, the 'skin' of the Merri Creek gazes down upon the impotent White King through two broken lenses: the scene and its sad histories imperfectly rendered in stereoscopic 'binocular' 3D.
Language eng
Field of Research 190104 Visual Cultures
190502 Fine Arts (incl Sculpture and Painting)
190504 Performance and Installation Art
190503 Lens-Based Practice
Socio Economic Objective 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
HERDC Research category J2 Minor original creative work
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