Category: Weekly Lecture Notes

A tail of the free Bus day 1: The deciding vote for the project

Date: 19/5/2016
Time: 11:00
Location: Wollongong Library
Company: Jane and CAOS201 classmates

Thursday followed as I apologised to Jane for my absent on Thursday last week as I was not feeling well and I could not attend the trip to Redfern. She accepted my apology and acknowledged that I couldn’t make it but she, however, got great inspiration from the trip which was great because it wasn’t long until she pitched the idea of how we would tackle this assessment as a team.
We discussed the idea that Jane had and I threw in some input on how I would play my part in it however though the whole situation seemed as though that I had the easiest task and Jane had the most of the load. I didn’t seem to like it but Jane said that she was alright handling it. Class started off as usual but what was different was the fact we were going to spend the rest of the day at the local Wollongong library. Which was great and all especially since it gave me time to discuss with Jane on us pitching the idea to Bianca.

We found great resources on the free buses and how they started here in the Illawarra as well as some entering thing from then that I couldn’t resist on taking a copy. A lot of things happened in the 80’s but reading through it all not much has changed. We ended the day with a high and excitement to start the project.

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Lecture Notes Week 9: Collaboration

Ok so this week was all about collaboration to get you warmed up for your group project. Here is the PDF of this week’s lecture on COLLABORATION which focuses on a range of Australian groups who have been working through the process of collaboration for a while, such as Squatspace and Open Spatial Workshop (or OSW).

Some questions to consider when working together: points

Some more points to consider when working collaboratively:


– How might you devise ways to develop a co-operative process between members of your group?

– What about when things don’t go the way you are hoping? How will you deal with antagonism and frustration within your group?


collective action:

– What kind of ‘action’ is your group engaging?

– What issues are being exploring thorugh the process of making this project?



– What forms of relationality are being tested through this project?



– What modes of interaction are encouraged, both within the group, and with the public?



  1. Collaboration
  2. Working in public space
  3. Socially engaged practice



  1. Things
  2. Places
  3. People
  4. Systems
  5. etc


Lecture notes: Week 8

So today’s session we went with the flow a bit. Lecture? Who needs that on a day like today – full of presentations, surprise visits, technological hiccups, brainstorming and the usual shennanigans that make up CAOS201!. So in the spirit of self-directed learning, how about you make sure you do (or redo) the readings that were set on relational aesthetics, check out the pdf of the relational aesthetics lecture below, and follow your instincts. Come prepared for class in week 9 (Thursday May 5) ready to report on this kind of art known since the late 90’s as “relational aesthetics”. And remember to do the readings for this week too!

The lecture:

Week 8: relational aesthetics

The pdf about assignment#3:

Getting ready for project #3


On another note the groups for assignment#3 are:

  1. Josip, Pete & Brad
  2. Taz & Declan
  3. Scott, Courtney & Aztrid
  4. Harry & Jane
  5. Jesse, Ryan Geer & Simon
  6. Ryan Speed and Daniel Martins
  7. Daniel English and Sam
  8. Shannon, Daniela & Xander

You will be working in these groupings from now until the end of Semester.

If you can, get together over the break and start brainstorming ideas for assignment#3. If you are confused, remember to check out this pdf, or go to the assessment task page here.


Lecture notes: Week 7, Observation & Documentation

Hey guys – today’s class was great – so many ideas and connections emerging from your first projects. The insights are sparking and the momentum is building – I can feel it!

So – here is an image of the ‘concept matrix’ that we drew up today. Here are the main ideas and concepts that we’ve covered throughout the semester, including class discussion, readings, projects, research, videos, presentations….This is the network of ideas for you to draw upon, connect with, expand, extrapolate and develop (etc) – during your next project when you reflect upon and analyse the details of your walking project.

class_matrix of ideas

Remember the golden triad =

– describe what you do

– reflect on that (critically)

– critically analyse it (in relationship to the ‘concept matrix’ above)

You are also welcomed and encouraged to bring in other ideas, gleaned from your own reading, research (or major discipline) into this matrix.


Presentation and notes from today’s lecture

Here’s a pdf of the lecture on Observation-Documentation:



Here’s a pdf of the discussion of my own work, using metal rings and many layers of documentation called “sonic alterations of constructed space, with metal objects”:

proliferating documentation_casestudy


Here are some notes that relate to the ideas about proliferating documentation, feedback loops and mapping – looking at my own experience through the project “sonic alterations of constructed space, with metal objects” 2010-current:

An example of where documentation of a project produces a range of differentiations that unfold multiple possibilities for generating new work in a continuity across the practice is evident in a project I’ve been working with since 2010, with a set of steel rings that weigh 10kg each and measure 1m in diameter, to develop movement and sound experiments and some informal performances.

These rings are spun upon their own axis upon a flat (usually concrete, sometimes wooden) ground. The spinning of the rings generates sonic fields as the physical relationship between the steel of the rings and the materiality of the ground(s) upon which they are spun become strangely amplified, generating a set of overlapping rhythms. I have been documenting these rings in a range of different ways using sound and video, and recently realized their potential for editing into entirely new project, which currently takes the form of a 3 part video work.

What has been most interesting for me though, is how this project was generated – quite by accident – in 2010, in the midst of the project already discussed titled please leave these windows open to enable the fans to draw in cool air during the early hours of the morning. I had a steel ring fabricated for the exhibition. I had no idea what for, other than a hunch that had persisted for months. This steel ring was positioned upon a stack of cinderblocks, and over time, viewers pushed it back and forth along one of the white walls, leaving blue inscriptions that tracked the process. One day a man came in and dislodged this ring from its place of presentation, rolling it along the floor. As it was released, the ring traced a wobbly trajectory through the space, before crashing to the ground in a mesmerizing motion. I did not witness this directly, but saw video footage of it taken from one of the cameras installed in the project, and was also demonstrated a version of the event by one the invigilators, Hanna Chetwin – who witnessed it occur. I came back to the space a number of times to animate this metal ring with Hanna, and also employed it as a part of a sound performance that Geoff Robinson had scheduled in response to and within the work. Since then, the performance of this metal ring has taken off, becoming elaborated in a range of different ways across a sequence of sites in Melbourne and beyond. For me it is a powerful example of elaborating matter’s open potential through a process of response, improvisation and following the generative potential that is sparked by a proliferating process of documentation.