Thunderbox as a word, as an idea, as a vessel has been hanging around with me for a long time. The word for me conjures an image not of bathrooms but of small solo spaces in the middle of histories, landscapes and stories that make up regional and urban Australia.
Thunderbox is an ongoing body of research of co-curation with communities in a contemporary arts and cultural context.
Concentrated on deepening important social, cultural and creative conversations through the development of collaborative artworks created in partnership between experimental artists, local communities and interactive audiences.
With a commitment to an evolving responsive framework built in partnership with each community for each project.
Thunderbox: Cross Stitch at Metro Arts
This program of work presented at Metro Arts was a scrapbook of possible relationships between contemporary art making, engaged urban, regional and remote communities and local audiences.
Each of the artists selected were already creating and experimenting with new and varied ways of sharing their stories through their art making. For Thunderbox, I asked them to select a particular work, idea or project and open it up for conversation, development and exchange with selected communities and audience.
This program was also apart of ongoing research focused on developing responsive frameworks for sharing contemporary art process. Thunderbox: Cross Stitch did not wait for work to be ‘finished’ but rather presented the process, the checkpoints, the research, and the experiment as the work develops, divulges and rebuilds.
Zane Trow: 1983: Dedicated to Hugh H., who’s not listening
Robert Millet: I was originally going to poison you
Lenine Bourke: Something Said - lines from life that made me feel something
Mck Mckeague: Hiding Place
Matthew Day: Open Relationships
Andrew Tuttle: 4064, rezoned
Edwina Lunn: Mouse Art
Nathan Stoneham and Park Younghee: I will sing to you
Thomas Quirk: The Walking Project
Astrid Joyce: hellloooooo
New Weird Australian Compilation: New Weird Australia - Rural, Regional & Remote