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MATERIALS + MEDIA: fibre glass, horse hair, paint, speakers, sound
YEAR: 2010

I dwell in the city and the city dwells in me is an intervention taking place between George Street and George Lane in Sydney Central consisting of several larger-than-life sculpted skin outgrowths from the brick stone wall and multi-channel sound composition.

concept text

I dwell in the city and the city dwells in me is a selected project for By George! Hidden Networks sponsored by the city of Sydney as part of the Art & About event. It is an intervention taking place between George Street and George Lane in Sydney consisting of several larger-than-life sculpted skin outgrowths from the brick stone wall.

The project grew out of our innate desire to read subtle qualities present on the human body. Characteristics like old calloused hands, a weathered old face, light skin/dark skin, freckles & moles, young or old skin are the obscure story of the body. Taking these elements out of context - having them belong to a dirty old laneway - provides a tension between two seemingly common surfaces. We project our own characteristics into our buildings and invent a human narrative for them. 

The concept behind I dwell in the city and the city dwells in me is to get people thinking about how their environments affect them in return. Its in these strange traces of tenderness and frailty that offers a little hope, as they slowly but steadily take root and crumble away at the hard nature of the city.

exhibition

2010 "I dwell in the city and the city dwells in me" as part of By George! Hidden Networks, Art&About, Sydney 01 October 09-January 10.

credits

Kim Bridgland, Aline Joyce: sculptures and conception

Adrian Hill: project management and conception

Theresa Schubert: soundscape and conception