Runway Journal has partnered with All Conference to present a series of Conversations from its network of artist-led, experimental and cross-disciplinary arts organisations around Australia. Throughout the year, 16 organisations will each present a new piece on Runway’s Conversations platform.
The seventh Runway Journal x All Conference Conversation comes from West Space, based on the unceded sovereign land and waters of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.
West Space asked writer Fiona Murphy to respond to Fayen d’Evie’s exhibition We get in touch with things at the point they break down // Even in the absence of spectators and audiences, dust circulates… (West Space, 10 Jul - 5 Sep 2021).
I am in the process of moving. In the days before I have to hand over the keys to the real estate agency, I scrub away any trace of myself from the flat. My vacuum cleaner splutters to a stop every few minutes, choking on tangled hair sucked up from the carpet. Hair that has fallen throughout my tenancy. On Monday, the property manager will arrive and ensure that my presence has been satisfactorily erased.
Between packing boxes and scouring my bathroom, I look through Fayen d’Evie’s installation The pull of urgency answered by ease. Even at a remove, I am physically engaged: clicking and tapping and touching the contents. Zooming in on photographs. Playing and pausing videos. Shadows lengthen as I follow a series of links, spiralling outwards to other works d’Evie has created—Museum Incognita, Cosmic Static, Beyond Exhausted, Essays in Vibrational Poetics, From one body to another. Art networked together. Collingwood Yards, Pōneke/Wellington, Belgrade, Christchurch, Sydney. Click, click, click.
West Space works locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, across artforms and sites, to expand the possibilities of exhibition-making. Over its three-decade history, West Space has evolved as a distinct organisation that combines an artist-centric ethos with the supportive infrastructure of a contemporary art institution.
Fiona Murphy is an award-winning Deaf poet and essayist based in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Her debut memoir, The Shape of Sound (Text Publishing), is about secrets, stigma and shame.
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