What is the impact of technology on the future? Using practice-based research, this research developed experimental art and design approaches to test how art and design could take a more active and critical role in our understanding technological futures.
The exhibition, Track and Trace, reflected on the history and the institution of the Woolstores as a type of transitional urban space, creative environment and site of consumption. Artists Caroline Austin, Franz Ehmann, Victoria Lawson, Ebony Secombe and Vincent Wozniak-O’Connor introduced work throughout the living and car parking spaces of the Ansonia Woolstore building to reflect on this history and question it.
The history of the Teneriffe Woolstore buildings highlights the colonial history of Brisbane, one that was built on the back of the sheep industry, as well as those of mining, logging and tourism. The gentrification of the Woolstores has occurred over close to half a century and highlights the mobilities of this urban space and domestic cultural tourism along the Brisbane River, close to the Powerhouse Museum, New Farm and Fortitude Valley. The exhibition featured an essay by Michael Allen Fox, resident of the Ansonia and Adjunct Professor, School of Humanities, University of New England, Australia, and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Queen’s University, Canada.
According to Harvey (1992, 5) 'the elaboration of place-bound identities has become more important, rather than less important, in a world of diminishing spatial barriers to exchange, movement and communication'.
This sound piece, Route 66, includes collected community stories from my research, placed against an ambiguous backdrop, or non-space of a bus route within the urban space.
The New Book explores the disruptive effects of technology on an individuals being, examining the limitations of language and imagery in the mediated space.
My sculptural practice questions how value is placed on an object or how materials acquire value. Materials choices for these sculptures signal human behaviour; including our capacity to lose, collect, move, remember, understand, construct, grow or consume.