Throughout much of this year, I have undertaken a residency at Dandenong Primary School to develop a multidisciplinary art project titled Objects of Longing. Students and staff at the school have participated in the project through an extended investigation
The project has included class excursions to Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) where students had the opportunity to go ‘behind-the-scenes’ at the museum to learn about what museums collect and why.
Following this, a series of weekly workshops were held at the school by myself and artists Daniel Jenatsch, Georgina Criddle and Rebecca Jensen to develop a theatrical work, with video interviews produced by Lara Gising and Sam Hademan, and photography Keelan O'Hehir.
Throughout, students engaged in research, sound collecting, script writing, prop, set design and construction, reflective interviews,, performance, stagecraft, dance, sound and exhibition production. Objects of Longing culminates in a suite of live performances titled, Objects Are a Limbic System Embrace Their Logic at multiple venues including Dandenong Primary and the Ian Potter Sculpture Court MUMA (Please note the invitation attached). And exhibition within Shapes of Knowledge a international curatorial project directed by Hannah Mathews, to be presented at MUMA, February 9th to April 13th, 2019
REFLECTION Objects of Longing is a project I have developed over 2yrs. It is an inclusive diverse arts project filtered down to 43 students with two major organisational partners, Dandenong Primary School and MUMA, Monash University Museum of Art with support of two funding bodies, Creative Victoria, and Gandel Foundation. Developed with project educators Leanne Skaftousos, Alison Rogers and Melissa Bedford along with creatives Daniel Jenatsch, Georgina Criddle, Rebecca Jensen, Keelan O’hehir, Lara Gissing, Hanna Chetwin and Sam Hardemannn. OOL is presented in six phases: museum, research, script, props, performance, and exhibition. The first public presentation is at Dandenong Primary School, December 6th, at 5:30pm. Further in exhibition at MUMA, February 9th - April 6th, 2019, with a performance at Ian Potter Sculpture Court, MUMA, February 23rd 2019. I have been working closely with Hannah Mathews I ready the project for upcoming exhibit Shape of Knowledge, MUMA, February 9th - April 6th, 2019.