on secured networks or rather, on glorious willows and finding locals

You so wish internet connections would liberate themselves from the restrictions of market.
Yet no free connection is available and blogging is a task to overcome.

Willows, glorious, enourmous and flowering in Christchurch’s parks.
The south island of New Zealand, proud and cold, rich and wet.
Temperate botany faring well amongst a disrupted environment, changed irreversibly by the latest wave of colonisers, who brought along scores of species known to you.
Sparrows and Blackbirds everywhere, Oak and Ash would turn so amazing in the Autumn, when the imported decidous burst in colours.
You visit the botanic gardens regularly in the morning, just before going to the local City gallery to install Fiona Hall’s artistic ventures into nature.
Clover, Plantain, Sheperd’s purse and Dandelions look as healthy as in Europe, where they’re from.

You get reminded over and over again of the work of two germans artists, iriz-a-maz, who travelled recently to Sydney to further their ongoin investigation of trans-national botany, drawing parallels between the shifting of goods, population and plants, as human expand and loop around the world.

You also had chanche to visit 2008 Scape, Christchurch Biennial of art in public space, and were impressed.
The breath of scope was so refreshing, interventions spanned from the everpresent ‘plonk art’ (art which comes from a truck, gets deposited by a crane and could have been deposited anywhere else for that matter; usually it require an enourmous amount of bronze and/or stainless steel to produce)
to the launch of a new apple strand as a reflection on “what it means to be an artist in an age of rampant capitalism”; from laying lights in a river bed (oops, sorry, activated by a sensor) to enclosing sacred statues (James Cook’s) in order to be able to reflect face to face with the icon.

What you really enjoyed was the hermetic slection. All together only 25 artist where invited, allowing the available budget to foster some substantial contribution, rather then spreading it thin across an ambitious selection without providing enough support to install anything at all.
But hey, you just came as a turist, and you are far too familiar with the incredible ability of cultural workers to make miracles happens out of a fake golden eggs duck.

You will relate about Fiona Hall’s in another posting..

About info

Diego Bonetto is a multimedia artist living and practicing in Sydney, Australia, and is a key member of artists' collectives SquatSpace and the BigFAGPress. -The SquatSpace collective has been producing ground-breaking events and projects since 2000. The group has been curated in a number of shows both in Australia and overseas. The current initiatives, the Redfern-Waterloo Tour of beauty (www.squatspace.com/redfern) tackle issues of social representation and the politics of space generated by gentrification. -The BigFagPress (BFP) is a publishing facility housed in Wooloomooloo, Sydney. The BFP is a salvaged 4-tonnes Off-set proof press. The press allows for the creation of countless artworks by keen printmakers and self-started publishers. www.bigfagpress.org Diego has also been working with WeedyConnection, an environmental art campaign. The project involves an online resource (www.weedyconnection.com), short documentary films, cooking shows, blogs, installations, prints, facebook interventions and various site-specific installations in the form of self-guided tours. WeedyConnection tackle the anthropocentric view of what environment should look like. Based on research and data provided by disciplines as far apart as biology, anthropology, paloenthology, social ecology and ethno botany it formulates ethical questions about cultural representation in times of environmental urgency.
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