Tuesday, 2 September 2008

day 157

regrette rien
regret nothing..........

"no, I don't regret anything. neither bad or good.".....

katrin's new work based on the edith piaf song seemed pretty appropriate for 5 months of introspection, discovery and revelations.... thank you for joining me - you have been delightful... x

(if I can, next stop: shopping malls in houston)

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Monday, 1 September 2008

day 156

katherine's fish trap
packing, cleaning, storing, giving away, more packing, moving, cleaning again, re-distributing, traveling.

last day at cité so we visited some of our fellow artists to say goodbye. this is katherine's (from australia) new work that is being drafted on NAB posters brought from australia. some art and a nice cup of tea makes everything better...

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Thursday, 21 August 2008

day 145

mannie drawing
mannie & maluti drawing at an impromptu party...

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Wednesday, 20 August 2008

day 144

our front gates at cité...


Sunday, 17 August 2008

day 141

Les Olympiades
studio chair and table from the mezzanine above...

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Friday, 15 August 2008

day 139

catherine bailey (an australian painter) dancing outside my window...

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Tuesday, 12 August 2008

day 136

every night at the same time, swallows flock around the roof tops of cité.
this was taken from the my studio doorway...

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Sunday, 10 August 2008

day 134

there was dancing and headphones and binoculars.
I've put a longer description in the comments section...

it was a duet with arun, an australian choreographer now living in madrid...

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Saturday, 9 August 2008

day 133

we will be dancing...

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Tuesday, 5 August 2008

day 130

sunset at cite
the windows at cité during sunset.

tonight we had dinner outside on our 'terrace', which is actually a little step in front of our studio doors overlooking the carpark. but we are making asphalt the new wood...


Sunday, 3 August 2008

day 127

party candles...

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Saturday, 2 August 2008

day 126

the studio
hello boys: now, this is a studio!

I was hoping this photo might actually convey the enormity of the space (in paris terms), but that dark patch you see on the top of the photo? well, it's actually the upstairs mezzanine area that’s next to another entire room that is the bedroom. we have gone to heaven and yes, we are having a party tomorrow to celebrate!

I've already scheduled a show here next week: a duet I will make with an australian choreographer from madrid. there is so much space I wasn't sure what else to do...

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Monday, 7 July 2008

day 100

paris signs what does this city mean to us? the visitors, the flâneurs...

10 artists who have been here for a while, came to share their experiences 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 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?

click meclick here to see the photographs we took today reflecting on our time in paris...

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Sunday, 6 July 2008

day 99

martine martine (from australia) in her writing studio after dinner, cheese & wine.
so very french...

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Thursday, 3 July 2008

day 96

bikes the courtyard in dusk at 10.30pm...


Wednesday, 25 June 2008

day 88

watching the tango in the building next door...

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Monday, 23 June 2008

day 86

front door today I went to parc de bercy - a large park in the 12e. which is almost set up for strange pictures: rollerbladers skating on graffitied space-age ramps, a waterfall that looked like a contour map of a canyon (complete with dark-brown suds), an enormous sports stadium covered with grass at 45 degree angles, abandoned ping-pong tables with anti-US stickers on them, an entire vineyard in the centre and formal ponds thick with sludge being eaten by carp the size of my arm. strange and exciting was parc de bercy.

but when I came home flushed with the bizarreness (particularly of the grass-covered stadium) I realised that it couldn't be that easy: the 100 shots I'd taken today were inexplicably erased from the camera.

some days here are hard: the internet has mysterious ways, the bathrooms smell like a men's urinal, there has been a recent infestation of lice from the playgroup and the french like bureaucracy even more than the italians.
some days here are easy: the food, the culture, the art that is being generated at cité, the gentle connections and shifts in practice that are being made.

one thing is for sure - nothing much is my decision. which, for a choreographer, although welcome, certainly takes some getting used to...

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Sunday, 22 June 2008

day 85

craig waddel some of craig waddel's (from australia) paintings while he's been at cité...

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Friday, 20 June 2008

day 83

micadanse party dancing into the early hours at the annual micadanse party in our courtyard...

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Wednesday, 18 June 2008

day 81

pierre's crochet pierre (from south africa) used to be a painter and now creates works with tonal depth from a single medium. he's been working on this for 5 months and is creating shades and colours with different crochet stitches. when it's finished it will be hung in the middle of the space so you can walk around and see through it. he also embroiders photographs...

pierre's crochet


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Monday, 16 June 2008

day 79

juan mele juan melé is a painter from argentina, living in buenos-aires.
he told me he's been coming and working at cité each year for the last 20 years...

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Thursday, 12 June 2008

day 75

katrin's plastic bags katrin ströbel (from germany) is creating a trace of where she has been on every plastic bag she has bought: graffiti she transfers, signs or advertising that affect her or anything else she sees during her travels. every image she re-draws is either imported or exported from france and so the plastic bag is an obvious starting medium when discussing the transference of goods...

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Tuesday, 10 June 2008

day 73

washingevery two weeks Mme. S from mali, exchanges our linen in our annex 15 foyer...

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Wednesday, 4 June 2008

day 67

cité lifteven in paris the mundane can encroach: in the cité lift with the weekly washing...

louvre and then a quick visit to the louvre...

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Tuesday, 3 June 2008

day 66

studioworking after a long-weekend is always hard, so I re-arranged the studio (enlarge) to make it easier...

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Friday, 30 May 2008

day 62

mannie's pink scarf
mannie and her pink scarf after an exhausting game of ping-pong at the park.
both of which (pink and ping-pong) seem très du jour for all ages here...

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Monday, 26 May 2008

day 58

helge & darani
sharing some wine and conversation with helge larsen & darani lewers in their studio next door:
australian contemporary jewellery artists who hate technology but love cake...

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Tuesday, 13 May 2008

day 45

I was (strangely) up at dawn and saw this lone little plane making the most of paris at its quietest...

I’ve been thinking about desire today, and what happens when it evaporates: what becomes of a life when the wanting disappears? can anyone go forward without the desire for change, for movement, for more?

I heard what a feeling from flashdance today and there is a line in it that says: ‘take your passion, and make it happen…’ but what happens to people who have lost the desire to make anything happen? society doesn’t like a person without desire. they have slipped and we get embarrassed.

everyday I walk past at least three or four people patiently sitting, on streets, in metros, with signs asking for money. did they once have desire and then lose it? how did that happen? who will 'lose' it next?

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Thursday, 17 April 2008

day 19

scottish pub
finally someone bought me flowers.
denis, my french friend, said he bought these because they matched my floor.
the frenchies are so considerate...

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Tuesday, 15 April 2008

day 17

today the french teacher made me, in front of the whole class, sing + dance the conjugation of
(to have). he wanted it to the theme of the pink panther...

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Monday, 14 April 2008

day 16

hot chocolate
busy day at the office. andrew morrish came to help...

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Sunday, 13 April 2008

day 15

hot chocolate
making hot chocolate in the studio's kitchen.

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Thursday, 10 April 2008

day 12

never equalled
"toujours imité, jamais égalé" - always copied, but never equalled. I love it!

this impressive sign is above a hole in the wall in the marais. truly delightful.

finally at cité des arts. it's not quite what I'd expected...

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Wednesday, 2 April 2008

day 4

in the suburbsfinally into paris and cité des arts (at the right of this shot). it took an hour - but the colour hasn't changed.

still grey and wet. but even wet, grey and full of dog shit, this city can take away your breath.
no matter how many times you have been here.

if inspiration doesn't come here, then it's gone forever. I'm holding my breath...

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