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MEMORY COLLECTIVE: A performance documentary project

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The Memory Collective painting by Damien Kamholtz

The Memory Collective painting by Damien Kamholtz

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The Memory Collective is a multi-disciplinary collaboration orchestrated by artist Damien Kamholtz. Kamholtz states: The Memory Collective Project is a creative collaboration between 12 artists across eight artistic disciplines exploring concepts and themes relating to the human condition such as change, constants, history, refection and memory. The artworks created during the project will make up an exhibition to be held at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery in September 2013.

There are different stages to the project. First Kamholtz created a large 2.2 metre square painting, while sculptor, Jessie Wright constructed the large vessel to hold the water. Kamholtz’s painting is embedded with personal meaning in the form of fragments of his past art, the ashes of diaries. In the presence of this artwork we are drawn into a poetic landscape where faces emerge; symbols and totems slip from passive dark spaces and come into conscious awareness.

The second stage of the work was the performance in the form of 9 responses to the painting by Kristy Lee. The painting and the pool created the reflective and reflexive performative space and the transformative process of the original painting then began. Integral to the space were David Usher’s delicate pots; these vessels contained the pallet of shades that then shrouded and clouded the memory of the work. Over the course of the day the painting’s physical form was transformed into something different loosing its current visual form as only a memory.

Our part of the collaboration was to witness, respond and record the transformation of the work over the day. The next stage of the Memory Collective’s work will continue over the next month our component will be to create 9 large collaged photograph memory states of the work for the show in September. Works by others include; a video art piece, a documentary video, a soundscape, interviews, prose and poems. It is a significant project and is being funded by the RADF and supported through the exhibition at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.

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A fragment of photographic memories made by us for the MEMORY COLLECTIVE

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Kamholtz in the performance space with the painting and pool

Damien Kamholtz in the performance space with the painting and pool

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Doug-documents the space ...... Photo: Victoria Cooper

Doug documents the space …… Photo: Victoria Cooper

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Kirsty and painting – in the early state…

Kirsty Lee performs before the painting

Kirsty Lee performs before the painting

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State 3 Kirsty applies paint to the paining...   Photo: Cooper+Spowart

State 3 Kirsty applies paint to the paining…

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Hand paint

Hand paint

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Kirsty Lee and her interaction with the painting   PHOTO Cooper+Spowart

Kirsty Lee and her interaction with the painting … around Stage 6

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Blue hand...

Blue hand…

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Kirsty Lee in a frenetic stage…

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Kirsty and brushes before the pool

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Paint fluid in the pool…

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Towards the final state…

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The final state …


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Memory Collective logo.

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Damien discussing movement with Kirsty

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Kirsty Lee towards the end of the performance

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Another creative work from the performance by Jason Nash…

Jason Nash - Time lapse video

Jason Nash – Time lapse video

CLICK HERE to see Jason Nash’s ‘Memory Collective’ time-lapse video

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The Team: Front Ashleigh Campbell, Julio Dunlop, Kirsty Lee, Victoria Cooper, Doug Spowart Back: David Usher, Jason Nash, Jesse Wright, Damien Kamholtz, Zac Rowling ( weakling). Not present: Craig Allen & Jake Hickey

The Team: Front Ashleigh Campbell, Julio Dunlop, Kirsty Lee, Victoria Cooper, Doug Spowart
Back: David Usher, Jason Nash, Jesse Wright, Damien Kamholtz, Zac Rowling ( weakling).
Not present: Craig Allen & Jake Hickey

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Toowoomba Chronicle 17 June, 2013 by Kate Dodd PHOTO: Dave Noonan

Toowoomba Chronicle 17 June, 2013 by Kate Dodd PHOTO: Dave Noonan

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© 2013 Victoria Cooper and Doug Spowart for The Memory Collective

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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  1. Great to see you at work and to feel something of the wonder in these images. Peter Breen

    peteskibreen

    June 17, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    • Thank you Peter – It was an event that while we worked in a documentary mode somehow a dialogue opened up and we entered into a conversation – these images are those exchanges…
      Cheers, and thanks again … Vicky+Doug

  2. Wow – I love this! Brilliant project, very well executed. Look forward to seeing more

    Sarah Barron

    September 3, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    • Hi Sarah – Thanks for your comment – The exhibition opens in Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery on Spetember 21 —- Have you seen the ‘Memory Collective’ Facebook page as well – It has other detials and posts from participants. Cheers — And thanks again Doug+Vicky

      Victoria Cooper Doug Spowart

      September 3, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      • Thanks for your reply! Have liked your FB page now. Unfortunately I won’t make it to the opening but I will aim to see the exhibition before it closes!!

        Sarah Barron

        September 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm

  3. […] SOME IMAGES made at the performance here: https://wotwedid.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/memory-collective-a-performance-documentary-project/. . . SEE SOME OTHER ARTIST’S CONTRIBUTIONS and Videos on the Facebook site here: […]


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