"a botanist of the sidewalk".

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I am not sure where this project is taking me.
it was time to be quiet and start thinking again...


this project started as a way to communicate with home. I'd been awarded the australia council cité des arts choreographic residency in paris for three months, and I wanted to find a way of keeping in contact that would also map my time here.

and so I decided to take a photograph each day I was in paris and send a link to it to a group of people who wanted to receive it. the rules were simple: I had to take the photograph, my equipment would remain basic - a small digital camera, and it would be posted the day I took it so there was an element of real time for the receivers.

these photographs, though simplistic, are a document that map, trace and record movement in this city: experiences, discoveries, settlings, revelations and very often failings.

I also wanted to make sure there I left space to talk about ideas that come from all of that. later when people started responding, I transferred them to a medium where people could leave comments. and so the project became something different. a document yes, but also a discussion.

I am a dance person and my work usually involves people: dancers, collaborating artists, theorists and audience. my main interest is how we communicate: my chosen medium is performance. that's not to say that I always work in traditional spaces - my work ranges from dance in proscenium arch theatres to site specific performances in dis-used brickworks to installation pieces in old buildings. whatever medium tells the story best. and this time it seems to be a visual, virtual space coupled with the daily ritual of opening up a photograph.

while there was a group who receive the image each day, anyone was welcome to drop in at any time and see what's happening. but this small group (which grew) was part of a performance-like project, each opening the same image, received at the same time, all connected to me somehow. they were my partners in crime: by their comments, their thoughts, their emails sent directly to me, the links they think I might like.

after 167 days what did I discover? click here to see the final film work of this project

...day 100

10 artists who have been here for a while, came to share their experieinces of what it's been like to live and work as an artist in paris.

what has it been like for these foreigners, living here in paris and making art? sometimes for months, sometimes for an entire year?

after the initial shock of beauty has gone, what has paris left these strangers?


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