Domain 2008…


This post is a little tardy – while the Gang was up north, Jas sent through an overview of Domain 2008, the annual temporary public art program held in Canberra City West, on Alinga St (spreading out from the Wig & Pen) – so sincere apologies for taking so long, Jas, but we had other pressing commitments to conclude primo…(hence that general blog inertia last week.)




Co-ordinated every year by Cathy Laudenbach, this temporary art-en-plein-air fest features the work of twelve selected artists: Jas Hugonnet’s bird netting Nodules (above), using existing plants as a substructure for the work/reformatting a temporary material for a temporary project; Nick Strank’s bronzes on the sales tables in Smith’s bookshop; Sam Townsend’s performance as Fannii Minogue; Lucy Quinn’s video piece in Smith’s shopfront; Dorte Conroy’s very cute bus signalling system;


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Ed Whalan’s photographic installation in an empty shopfront; Heather B Swann’s black pussy’s head in a frock shop; Mariana Del Castillo’s mural under the stairwell; Steven Holland’s serpent feet, Sito, in the hairdressing salon.


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Fiona Lee conducted an interactive audience piece (no snap); Geoff Farquhar-Still had another fabbo industrial waste number that was instantly turned into a percussion piece by an appreciative audience on the opening night (and yes, before you all start, we have seen Christo and Jean-Claude’s 1962 piece in Paris, and yes we do know that this kind of thing’s been done recently by Ruak Lewis, amongst others…yadda yadda. It’s different horses, different courses. We like it HEAPS.)



         (Hey there, Maxie and Jack!)

And the last word goes to the never wearisome Simon Scheuerle, whose Clown performance involved a quiet ale at the Wig & Pen every lunchtime. Now that’s what we call a well-considered art practice. 


Thanks, Jas!


Domain is funded by the ACT Government Community Outreach Program and managed by the ANU School of Art.                 

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