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Tuesday, 8 May 2012
Space Invaders is a project devised by Julie Waddington and Kelly Drummond Cawthon. The artists are currently at Kingston High School as part of this year’s Artists in Residence (AIR) program.
Julie and Kelly are collaborating and creating in open view of the school community providing an opportunity for students and staff to observe and engage with the artists. Both Julie and Kelly are experienced performers in dance and theatre and are working with the students to devise pop-up performances, encouraging conversations and provocations through physical exploration and to possibly foster a new breed of radical environmental and social reciprocity.
In 2011 the school moved into a brand new facility billed as “a clean slate ready for the future; a view of the water; a home for the learner; a community precinct; a street to walk; a place to play; the Kingston Education Project- A new learning centre”. From a cellblock of old halls and square classrooms emerged a new environmentally driven cluster of outdoor pathways and learning pods.
Over 13 weeks at Kingston High School Julie and Kelly have been working with staff and students to question the architecture of this new environment and its impact on the alchemy of the community.
“Do flexible learning environments ensure a range of learning styles? Do circular rooms invite circular culture? Do sustainable buildings automatically result in a sustainable community precinct?”
Space Invaders is exploring the architecture of sustainable environments and the alchemy of sustainable communities.
Both artists will also be charting the development of their own collaborative practice and observing their new partnership as it evolves and grows and whether a new performance language is developed.
Kelly and Julie have been documenting the journey of the project on their blog - http://air2012khs.wordpress.com/
Image credit: Photographer: Julie Waddington