Habitation procedures: adjusted dwelling space and sculpture practice in situ
AffiliationVictorian College of the Arts
Document TypePhD thesis
Access StatusOpen Access
© 2019 Carolyn Eskdale
This research project enquires into relations between sculpture practice, adjustments of space by inhabitants of dwellings and the siting of artworks as installation and intervention. It examines how acts of dwelling and making correspond as habitation procedures; as everyday processes of amending space and objects. Understood as a female will-to-identity they suggest new ways of constructing the experience of encountered sculpture and the passage of the domestic into public discourse. The research takes place through domestic sites and related exhibition activity, embodying experiences that overlay places of living and working, home and studio, residency and gallery. These include a Caravan mobile home in Narooma, NSW; a 1960s mud-brick residence, Birrarung House in Eltham, Victoria and a gallery residency in Bendigo, Victoria. Habitation procedures are practices of the dialogical; an interchange of voices that constitute new and compound meanings (Mikhail Bakhtin,1982), of in-betweeness and dialectical experience (Jane Rendell, 2006), of change through the experience of time and space (Massey, 2005) and of mediation. The communities of practice informing the project include the Womanhouse Project (1971), Lygia Clark, Andrea Zittel and Heide Bucher.
Keywordssculpture; domestic; habitation; dialectic
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