Turn it On.
39 MONTHS AGO
It is one thing to make a collection of fine buildings and call it a city, but it is another thing to turn that city on. To live in it in the most creative and satisfying ways. To keep reinventing it. To allow it to constantly surprise us. To play the city like an instrument. To invigorate us all. That’s the unexpected thread that came out of the fantastic exhibition and symposium in Melbourne.
The participants included architects, landscape architects, artists, performers, historians, storytellers, and educators, and they all came at the city from a different perspective. We heard about the vital 1.5 metres of privately-owned land alongside footpaths in Bangkok that is often a shop by day and dinner table by night, we heard from artists making their work from urban air quality, we saw design processes pulled apart and explained, we saw drawing techniques and their implications on the decisions we make, we heard histories of schools, tourist developments, shopping and theatre; and the implications of those histories on the contemporary city, and we saw high-tech, low-cost interactive walls. We heard a lot, we saw a lot, and there is a lot more to talk about.
And you helped put the Resn wall into the thick of it. The Resn wall makes an office so much more than an ‘office’. It invites the people who work around it to also play around it. The play feeds the work, and both feed the city. That was the important contribution we made to this exhibition and symposium, and it was really well received. I was very proud of it in the stunning gallery space and I know you would have loved to see it there, often swarming with people. I’ve included one picture I took between sessions on Friday to give you a feel for it. Thank you very much for being part of a great success.
I am pleased to confirm that the conversation will continue to grow in exciting ways over the next month or so. I will be talking to students at Auckland University next week, Victoria University is supporting both my presentation at the Melbourne Art Fair the week after, and my participation in another exhibition and symposium on Creative Practice in Brussels the week after that - and there are buildings to make too! If you’re not on my conventional email list and you want to stay in touch after this boosted campaign finishes, please let me know. Thanks again.