Day 4

Blundering, space and thoughts of geo

A funny sort of day, as I spent most of it writing up the previous days diary and doing final preparations for 2 talks that I am giving tomorrow - one at Hellyer College and the other at Burnie High. I make my way into Makers Workshop, spend a few hours on the computer writing before driving back to Rocky Cape just after midday as Ian, the geomorphologist arrives some time in the pm.

Unfortunately upon return to the shack I realise that I have left my brand new expensive camera in the studio back in Burnie with the door wide-open, ekk, so I’m back in the car racing back towards the Makers Workshop, thankfully its still there so before long I am in the car again for the 40 minute drive back to Rocky Cape. All this driving does however give me some good thinking and practicing time for my talks tomorrow. Back at the shack the sunsets over a crystal clear sky. Dinner is eaten and the silence and darkness of night commences.

North Cave, Rocky Cape The floor The wild colours of Rocky Cape Home-base at Rocky Cape, somewhere in the middle there is me...

I put on another episode of ‘The Story of Film’, its titled ‘1957-64, The Shock of the New, Filmmaking in Western Europe’. I make some notes as usual but am particularly taken by the section about Michelangelo Antonioni. One of my assessors when I did my MFA commented that some of my work reminded him of Antonioni’s film ‘Blow up’, but this film is not mentioned. What intrigues me about Antonioni’s work is how he frames his shots, focusing on the edge of things. His unconventional approach reveals half hidden details of subjects, sometimes with characters only partially appearing. The narrator says Antonioni explores, ‘the void of modern life’, or the abstract qualities of life, with ‘people living on the edge of space’, with the space seemingly taking over the shot, or rather dispersing into space. These are great composition ideas for me that I will explore when making work during this residency in the coming days…

The phone rings, its Ian, he has arrived and is waiting up at rocky cape roadhouse. I drive up there to meet him and we quickly make our way back to the shack. We chat for a few hours about geology, geomorphology, time, maps, Rocky Cape, and tomorrow’s presentations before hitting the sack. Yep a strange sort of day, a bit of a nothing, void like day. Thank you Antonioni.


Day 5

Schools, puddles and burning vocal chords

I wake at 7, eat breakfast and more deep scientific landform conversations with Ian. Today was an intense busy day. By the end of it all my vocal chords were burning.

At 10.30, then again at 1pm Ian and I delivered our presentations to Hellyer Collage and Burnie High School respectively, and they went off really well, both going for just over an hour.

No time to stop and reflect about it when we finished as we are in car again driving towards Fossil Bluff to meet with and be interviewed by Rick Eaves from ABC radio. A very nice fellow indeed with what seems like a genuine love for art, landscape and geology. As we talk and make our way onto the beach and nearby rocks away from the bluff he commences interviewing us both. We discuss art, geomorphology and the north west. At one point I realise that I am standing in a puddle as he asks me a series of questions, at another moment he records himself slipping and falling into a rock pool. He also records the sounds we make as we rock hop interspersed with many other questions. In the background the waves gently lap against the rocky shore, off to the left is Table Cape.

Rick takes us to a slightly raised section of rock which we jump up on to. Its surface is filled with tiny pock marked holes, and Ian explains that it mostly made up of air rather than rock. It looks like tiny little mountainous landscapes made of malleable play dough. Amazing!

The late afternoon light accentuates the rocks shadows. After an hour or so we head back to the car, say goodbye to Rick and drive back to the shack. It’s about 4.30 in the afternoon and we are both a bit tired. Dinner is made and we talk for hours about millions of years of time, Macquarie Island, ice and glaciers, dolerite, and Tasman Island. It’s not long before we both are very tired and we go to bed.