Mark Cain is half way into the the Alcohol. Think Again, Artist Residency at in the communities of Djraindjin and Lombadina north of Broome, Western Australia. He’s passed on some highlights of the first week of activity:
“My first week of the Residency based at the Kularri Regional Communities Inc (KRCI) Workshop in Djarindjin has been rich with connections with community members and has laid a sound basis for the work ahead. My brief is to create large scale interactive sound installations with and for the community and having the workshop as my base is already proved invaluable to that goal. It is very well resourced with equipment and as a participatory centre makes a excellent meeting point for community.
Huge thanks to Darrel & Robert Sibosado for Lombadina for initiating that connection and for supporting the project. Likewise to Roma and David O at KRCI who have embraced the program encouraging others to do so.
The week has seen some great design and construction started on a large thongophone, aluminium tubing for a set of large pentatonically tuned chime, 44-gallon steel base drum and a set of suspended cymbals ala an Alexander Calder suspended sculpture. Plans are made to visit the rubbish tips at Djarindjin and Lombadina for structures to suspend our gongs and bells from from. The tips will also be a good source of pipe and rolls of aluminium strand cable that could be very useful for suspending objects/structures
Friday was spent at the Djaindjin/Lombadina School following up on the improvisation work I did with the students during last years Residency. It was great to work with them and plan their involvement in the sound sculptures over this Residency
An industrious week with high participation around a practice that is new to everyone here. ”
The 2015 Remote Residency Program is supported by Healthway promoting the Alcohol. Think Again message, the Regional Arts Fund, an Australian Government initiative supporting the arts in regional and remote Australia, Kullarri Regional Communities Incorporated (KRCI), the Australia Council for the Arts, Western Australian Department of Aboriginal Affairs, Creative Partnerships Australia the Rowley Foundation and CountryArts WA.