Interpretive Wonderings

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Unlikely - Journal for Creative Arts, 2016, (2), pp. 1 - 8
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Examining the criteria by which events-based modes of spatial practice are discussed, this paper critically reflects on a mapping workshop that took place in September 2015 at Culpra Station; an 8,500 hectare property situated in rural New South Wales. Titled ‘Interpretive Wonderings’, the project sought to build upon a body of critical cartographic work that approaches mapping as ‘performative, participatory and political.’ Taking place in September 2015, thirty Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants were invited to the station property to produce interpretive mappings through which to explore multivalent understandings of country. Exploring the difficulties of articulating the performative attributes that constitute creative practice in the field, this paper discusses three creative works produced during the ‘Interpretive Wondering’ mapping workshop: Thomas Cole’s ‘Extract’, Sam Trubridge’s ‘Night Walk’ and Campbell Drake’s ‘Instrumental’. Whilst varied in their approaches and conceptual agendas, these projects share similarities within the performative operations enabled through event-based modes of spatial practice.
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