EventGeelong ARTS INDUSTRY COMMISSION/ VACANTCitY 1000 years BackForward
PublisherCity of Greater Geelong
LocationCentrepoint Arcade, Ryrie Street, Geelong
Place of publicationGeelong, Vic.
Research statementIn a participatory event occupying Centre Point Arcade in Geelong this project re-models the city. VACANTGeelong, a research initiative at Deakin University, has built its model of engagement through creative projects over ﬁve years. A response to urban strategy and vision drive the creation of a large scale interpretive model of the city. The model's production explores industrial manufacturing as integral to the creative process, intersecting precision and efficiency with stories and perception. Its installation in the brutalist concrete and steel frame/glazed roof architectural interior of the arcade, weave references to mapping, language, Corio Bay, Barwon River, and industrial vacancy, mixing scales and temporalities. The model explores 3-dimensionality (space-architecture) as it interfaces with 2-dimensionality (drawing-text-representation), producing a space that resonates with histories, protest, and presences that evoke often forgotten absence in official representations of the city.
The artistic and curatorial programme brings together artists, industry experts, young creatives and school and community groups to work together to draw, write, debate, ﬁlm, photograph, perform and re-model Geelong.
Two provocateurs - Jose Rodriguez (architect) and Liz Cameron (First Nations
Artists - Kiri Weaks (First Nations, emerging); Natasha Johns Messenger (internationally renowned); Steven Rhall (First Nations, established); Sarah Walker and Trevor Ah Hang (local artists).
Bringing their lens and craft, the Workshops stirred new observations and experiences of the Arcade and the City of Geelong. The curatorial documentation of the workshops will form a creative digital work and website.
Publication classificationJO2 Original Creative Works – Design/Architectural work
Extent10 colour PHOTOGRAPHs - installation / physical model
event- creative workshops