Mon 7 Nov 2011
Animating spaces, stimulating conversations about topics that are out of the ordinary sometimes seems difficult to do, in the same way that attracting any attention at all poses a challenge in a world where the greatest deficiency of all is arguably time. Time to investigate all those interesting ideas, time to explore hobbies, and time to explore our immediate surroundings…
I’ve been reading a lot lately about whether we are experiencing a declining interest in culture. Are we facing the death of classical music? is a question that is regularly asked in my work as a musician, and many other art forms have their own equivalents. It really depends on the kinds of conversations you are participating in, and listening in on. We’ve been talking to people about domes over the last few weeks, and thinking about what kind of spaces, places and activities might frame that discussion. There is a simplicity about the domes that runs counter to their significance in the story of modern Australia. In previous posts, I’ve explored the idea of symbols being over-looked, and this week I’m wondering if we aren’t also taking them for granted. The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes got us thinking about what might happen if a humble food staple became sentient and enraged with humans. Hitchcock’s The Birds and Christine, about the car who falls in love with its owner, are two other examples.
So if we were to have an Attack of the Domes, what might that look like?
Well you can see that our dome sculpture is growing in size, getting ready for all the lovely shingles people have been colouring and decorating and sending in to us.
It isn’t too late to be part of our public art dome – get your entries into the Historic Houses Trust by this Friday. And don’t forget Domes Day itself, this Sunday, 13 November from 10am – 12.30. We’ll see you there.