Originally I had intended all three propositions for the exhibition How does a network activate a public? to be wall statements only. Thus the third proposition is the most speculative and least determined:
World distribution of the Shy Albatross Thalassarche cauta according to http://www.iucnredlist.org/
The Shy Albatross Thalassarche cauta flies in a ‘casual, hump-backed, lanky, droop-winged manner’ across the southern latitudes. A number of races are recognised breeding on selected islands off Australia and New Zealand. It is a ship-follower and fish processing waste comprises a significant proportion of its diet. It dives for food and circles dolphins waiting for scraps. Like many albatrosses its populations are affected by longline fishing.
What does it mean to engage with the life of a Shy Albatross? For most of its life it is unseen and unobserved hunting over the deep waters of the open ocean. I’d like to connect up with artists making with a ‘shy’ practice.
The proposition will be exhibited in How does a network activate a public? THE SOUTH PROJECT – AN EXHIBITION OF IDEAS 22 November to 5 December, West Wing, second level of Melbourne Central, www.westspace.org.au
The work was developed in response to the statement: “As a network of arts and crafts practitioners, arts workers, writers, and others interested in culture in the southern hemisphere, The South Project asks: how can individuals and a community facilitate culture in public, and with the public?” http://www.southproject.net/