SiteWorks engages artists, environmental scientists and experts from a range of disciplines to collaborate at Bundanon on the Shoalhaven River.
This ongoing program builds a series of conversations and collaborations, starting in 2008 and leading up to a major event in 2012. In partnership with the University of Wollongong, SiteWorks 2010 uses a laboratory model to generate exchange and collaborative experimentation. The aim is to seed a number of arts/environment projects that may be developed over the next two years.
Fifteen arts and environmental practitioners will participate in Labs over August and September, living and working onsite at the Bundanon property. This site is redolent with meaning, from the stories of Indigenous, Colonial and Boyd occupation, to the rhythmic traces of the flooding of the Shoalhaven River over thousands of years. Grounding the laboratory in the specifics of place, and involving local Bomaderry High School students alongside key opinion makers, SiteWorks aims to engage in and influence current environmental and cultural debates.
Participants in SiteWorks 2010 include earth and river scientists, choreographers, writers, weavers, performers, sound, photomedia and installation artists - Robyn Backen, Diego Bonetto, Barbara Campbell, Tim Cohen, Leah Gibbs, Alex Kershaw, Nick Keys, Tess de Quincey, Rayma Johnson, Heidrun Lohr, r e a, Garth Paine, Ivars Rienfelds, Richard Scott Moore, Peta Strachan and Jim Walliss. The Site-Lab co-conveners are Michael Cohen, Deborah Ely and Fiona Winning. These Lab participants will develop experiments and interventions onsite, and respond to each others’ work building a critical cross-disciplinary conversation.
On Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September, the open Site Forum takes place. Local audiences, regional and national arts and environment practitioners and other interested parties will be invited to take part. Documentation of the process and outcomes of the Laboratory and Forum is key to building an archive that may be used throughout this project and beyond.
SITEWORKS 2010 is supported through the Infuse initiative of the Australia Council for the Arts, with funding from Arts NSW and the University of Wollongong. Infuse
supports programs that develop Australian hybrid and interdisciplinary arts practice, particularly in areas where there are limited opportunities for artists to network.
Below: Ten Trenches showing led by Tim and Michael Cohen, March 2009, video courtesy Bundanon Trust. Menu image: Katia Molino, Ten Trenches Site by Night visit, photo Doug Spowart.