Dillan and the games of youth

Baloonvine fishing rod a video by the weed one on Flickr.

As you were in residence at Casula Powerhouse for the development of Wild Stories, you met Dillan, a young boy from the neighborhood.
As it happens, this boy knows the local river shore much better then many other people. He comes down to the (Georges) river every second day, after school, during the weekend, when is wagging school, or just whenever he is in need to find playing ground. The River shores offer much of what is needed: subject, challenge, setting, adventure, possibilities, sense of belonging, sense of discovery.
Dillan and his mates create their own personal Wild Stories along this river, amongst those trees, amidst the weeds and overgrowth.
This little video encapsulate the sense of play and wonder, laughter and dignity arisen from letting loose of creativity.

When you asked Dillan and his friend if he could offer something to your project he obliged (half seriously and half jokingly) by showing us how to make a fishing rod with balloon vine ( Cardiospermum grandiflorum) and use jelly snakes as bait!

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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