28 April, 2008 - 11 May, 2008
Henderson St Residency (Artsource)
Art Live-In was a two week residency in a heritage listed house in Fremantle. The idea of using a house as an extension of our studio work came from conversations relating to space and process and the need to move out of an institutional context and into a domestic setting. All three of us are interested in the idea of creating environments which respond to a specific site, the experience of viewing and providing interesting ways of engaging with art.
Living and working within the same space allowed the idea of process to be foregrounded as well as the distinction between our ‘art’ and our ‘life’ to dissolve. This was the first time we worked together, although still working with separate practices we experimented with collaboration as a way of challenging ourselves to respond to a set of conditions. This aided our transition into responding to the larger set of conditions the house presented us with.
Towards the end of the residency we held an event in which we invited an audience to view the work we had done as well an opportunity to directly engage with our processes. This allowed the audience to view the work in an alternative setting, with social engagement being as much the site of the art as the installations themselves. Inviting people to an event in a lived space, where the work was directly engaged with the architecture of the house meant the art cannot be extracted from the overall experience.