Glen Echo

Glen Echo

An amusement park more than 110 years old: http://www.glenechopark.org/history-glen-echo-park      

Politics, song, dance, talk and ‘plenty filum’ at the Desert Mob Symposium – stories from the artists

Politics, song, dance, talk and ‘plenty filum’ at the Desert Mob Symposium – stories from the artists

Alice Springs, September 2012 An artist, a CEO, a Chief Minister and a million dollar’s worth of Aboriginal art: The 2012 Desert Mob Symposium – stories from the artists is about to begin. The Araluen Arts Centre theatre in Alice Springs is almost filled to its 500-seat capacity. This is the only forum of its […]

The back road to Hanover, NH

The back road to Hanover, NH

Saturday morning flight departs Alice Springs, Central Australia – Patsy Wama in her canine cage. The Artist on the small screen. 2 hour drive to Castlemaine. One weekend to catch up with brother, nieces, grandmother, cousins, all the friends that I have neglected for the past months. Repack bags. Airport shuttle bus, 7:00am marketplace, back […]

Comatosa Mimosa

Comatosa Mimosa

Dirty, dusty, cobbled, dire verandah. Five suburban Alice Springs yards join this yard. Eight tall palm trees in those other yards. A garbage truck on the next street changes gears then applies the air brake. It’s been a long, cold, dry desert winter. This is the first morning in a few months that I can […]

Frontier Pillows. Silver Lining. SIHIPS in the Night.

Frontier Pillows. Silver Lining. SIHIPS in the Night.

Industrial waste (wastage) 20 + bags of concrete left outside on a pallet in the rain: set; forms concrete pillows. The Intervention – “smoothing the pillow of a dying race” – Daisy Bates. I transport 3 bags full from Ikuntji – a prescribed – Aboriginal community to Alice Springs. Concrete carries water, pillows carry us […]

Adios Arrernte

Adios Arrernte

In Arnhem Land they say balanda in the Kimberly they say kartiya. Up north: skin name bulanjdan; in the desert, nampin. My family, mostly colonial convict Castlemainian: country. For three months from September 2012 I’ll be an antipodean adventurer – hoorah! I’ll be singing too-ral, li-ooral, li-addity bound for New York.  This blog is to […]