Matt Warren and I have just completed a 6 week residency in Burnie (accompanied by now 4 year old Arthur) as a part of the AIR program developed by arts@work in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts.
Burnie is the town where we were both born and raised and Burnie High School (where we ‘resided’) is the school we both attended through grades 7 – 10. I completed in 1986, Matt in 1987.
There’s a blog we’ve been keeping (and will continue to keep) – Room Fifty Eight where you can check in on our North West Coast exploits. We went focussed on the project as a hauntological one and I’m excited by the edge of nostalgic environmentalism that our hauntology has developed. Ideas were explored both singularly and in collaboration with a view to developing new material, hence us returning to Hobart with much to still be completed or realised. But it’s been fertile. You could grow quality spuds in our brains right now.
If you haven’t checked it out, please do.
We are so thankful to arts@work (Wendy Morrow in particular), Burnie High School and our NW contingent of family and friends who all combined to make it so easy for our small family to be there and for Matt and I to take a happy stab at collaborating again. It’s been great.