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Shy (dissolution + exchange)

 
Shy (dissolution + exchange) 2012 copyright Perdita Phillips
Shy (dissolution + exchange) 20102014 conceptual mail art project inimitables
Artwork, image and photography © Perdita Phillips network
In collaboration with 61 other participants throughout the southern hemisphere

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Conceptual mail art project. Size variable: wall work 147 x 267 cm $3300
photocopies, animated GIF, envelopes, table, 62 participants
Project: Propositions 20102014 Southern Hemisphere
Exhibition: Melbourne 2010: How Can a Network…? 2010 West Space, Melbourne
Exhibition: Yonder 2012 Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

A network of mail artists, contemporary artists and non-artists in Australia, South Africa, Botswana, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and New Zealand receive a photocopy, make two copies, send one to Fremantle Western Australia and one to the next person on a list ordered by longitude. In this way the image of the Shy Albatross will dissolve as it is repeatedly copied around the world. As the image decays a network is made and the imprint of a bird that migrates around the earth reminding us of the borderless nature of the Southern Ocean.