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We must catch up

 
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We must catch up 2017 fieldwork/performance/installation inimitables
Artwork, image and photography © Perdita Phillips network
In collaboration with 29 human participants and Bular Mial

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variable (sculpture 2.5 x 6.5 x 3.5 m) $11000
field research, photographs, mixed media drawings, wood, chairs, cardboard, sound recording equipment
Project: both/and 20172018
Exhibition: We must catch up 2017 Paper Mountain, Northbridge, Australia

 
 

How’s things?
What are you up to now?
What’s on your mind at the moment?

 
Aren’t times weird.
What do we do about this weirdness?

Would you like to catch up for a half hour chat? On top of a mountain? At Paper Mountain?

 

It’s been soooooooo long since we last talked.*

 

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We must catch up We must catch up We must catch up (image by Isobel Gee)

 
We must catch up was a performance/installation that ran 9:30am – 5pm daily Friday 26 May to Thursday 1 June at Paper Mountain at 267 William St Northbridge, Western Australia. In confusing and compromising times, we must take action despite being surrounded by doubt. We Must Catch Up explores the point of talking through doubt and progressing towards action. In this interactive exhibition, participants experienced a time of reflection in a world that needs thinkers and people who absorb and react to the mad auratic flows that surround us. Meanwhile, other gallery visitors were able to observe or overhear conversations of warmth and positive exchange.

we must catch up!

Ultimately, this artwork was about three things: the Stirling Ranges – an island of biodiversity wracked with dieback (Phytophthora cinnamomi) – that is represented in the gallery in the form of the paper mountain, undercurrents in society that are found in recurrent conversations, and the act of slowing down and making time to catch up with friends.
 

*Thanks to the 29 people who participated in we must catch up