Youll note that the logo has been recently touched up. We now
have the phrase turn the soil in all the languages represented in the
exhibition. It is still planned to put wall texts in those languages around the gallery.
The Semitic languages present a major problem not only in finding fonts but also printing
the words in reverse.
Catalogue in order
The catalogue is about to go to the printers. The
designer Ian Robertson has followed the passport format suggested by the mug shots. The
inclusion of two borders on each page provides a useful visual key for the dual psychology
of the second-generation experience.
Originally, the idea was to reverse the order of the pages. In the
meantime, there has been so much happening in the catalogue design that it seemed too much
of an added complication. Nevertheless, the order of sections is reversed, with
artists pages preceding essays.
Exhibition in a spin
The display construction is soon to hit overdrive.
The current plan is to include a wheel at the entrance that can be spun so that one of a
range of countries might be selected. Visitors are hopefully reminded both of the chance
factors that lead many to migrate here rather than another country, and the historical
contingency behind the British colonisation.
nh Ngôs graduating exhibition opens at the Canberra School of Art on Tuesday 18th
February. It features the full number of rank badges, nine of which have been selected for
the Turn the Soil exhibition. Elsewhere, Szuszy Timar is about to fly to Budapest
and take up a residency. Elizabeth Fotiadis is away in Milan.
Workshop on track
The Off the Beaten Track workshop will
be held on Saturday 22nd March, 2-5pm at RMIT. The Workshop requires 15 people
of varied skills, including writing, design, music and imagination to construct together a
picture of what Australia would have been like if colonised by the Phoenicians. Sydney
historian Ross Gibson has assisted in formulating the workshop. Those interested in this
unique experience should contact Kevin Murray (9380 4326).
We are very pleased that Julie Copeland (Arts Talk,
Radio National) has agreed to open the exhibition. Her intelligent and concerned arts
voice provides a beacon that helps TTS find its place in the world.
NETS Victoria are organising a forum on Tuesday 25th
March, RMIT at 6pm. The forum will provide an opportunity to discuss issues raised
by the exhibition. The curator was hoping to avoid this scrutiny by organising a
dinner, but he and a few representatives from the exhibition will be exposed to public
interrogation. John Kean from the Museum of Victoria is chairing the session.
A dinner to inspire da Vinci
The extravaganza of the Melbourne opening is
The First & Last Supper for 200 people planned for Maundy Thursday (27th
March) at RMITs Storey Hall. Historian/actor Michael Cathcart (Australia Centre,
Melbourne Uni) will act as toastmaster and there will be a live broadcast of the TTS site
with a musical interlude. The two Lebanese chefs who will be cooking up a meza storm are
Greg Malouf (OConnells) and Michael Bacash (Toofeys). The organisation
of the supper is in the capable hands of Craft Victorias new artistic director,
The entire venture is a risky one. We are hoping that enough people
will have the sense of adventure to invest in such a unique event. The nail biting will
reach a pitch a week before the dinner when we need at least 80 bookings to be able to
proceed. The cost of $65 might seem expensive for an art event, but to most people in the
food world the night represents great value.
Please urge as many people as you can to come along to the evening. You
might try the line, Youve seen the Assyrian show at the NGV, now taste the
Phoenicians at RMIT.
For those unable to afford a ticket, it is still possible to witness
the spectacle from the balcony of Storey Hall. The presentations should begin from around
By the end, we hope people will have experienced an unforgetable night,
learnt more about the exhibition, and launched Turn the Soil on its Burke
& Wills style journey around the continent.
The exhibition tour gets bigger and bigger. The
latest addition to the list of venues is Broken Hill. With Alice Springs still a
possibility you should start getting extra binder reinforcement to house these news