Robyn's Diary

Camperdown | Bundanon | Kalbo | Helsinki

INSTRUCTIONS FOR EXERCISE | COUPLES CLEAN IT UP!

Exercise couples to make a gesture of cleaning for the end of July - before Bundanon Residency

Each couple presented and discussed the action

Researching through making

  • a gesture
  • a construction
  • an action
  • a process

ZOOM meeting | Tuesday 28 July | Kalbo and Camperdown

(8hrs time difference ) SWEDEN 07:00 -12:00 SYDNEY 15:00 - 20:00

Simple gesture - couple cleaning gesture at the _Butchershop_ up! Working in individual audio spaces.
Simple gesture - couple cleaning gesture of an old piece of wood in Kalbo, Sweden.

DAY 1 | MONDAY 3 AUGUST | SMALL & SIMPLE MOMENTS

Noticing small things or moments

  • Observing flies dancing on wombat poop
  • Unique forms create by the excretion of bodily waste, architectural structures
  • Observing the world by the river for someone on the other side of the world.
  • Lying on the sand spending time observing the clouds, something that rarely do as an adult. To waste time, to clean out one’s thoughts, to simply be and to watch the day passing. The clouds are particularly beautiful and soft.
  • Wind cleaning the air
Ian at the river
Ian at the river
River and Cloud for Novi in Finland
River and Cloud for Novi in Finland

DAY 2 | TUESDAY 4 AUGUST | RIVERSDALE CONSTRUCTIONS SITE

Travelled with Director Deborah Ely and recently appointed Curator Sophie O’Brien. This was an opportunity to view the progress of the reimagined Riversdale, Bundanon Trust. Construction of the new gallery and creative learning centre began in July 2020, with an anticipated completion date of October 2021.

Riversdale site visit, construction of the underground gallery wall
At Riversdale site, construction of the underground gallery wall
Construction site

Spent the afternoon down at the river again at mid-tide. Walked along the edge and around past the Pulpit Rock corner. Here I found a large amount of charcoal silt in the tidal zone. A thick black layer covered the sand bank. I can only presume that the fine charcoal sand is a remnant from the devastating 2019-20 fires that effected this whole region.

Shoalhaven River littoral zone, charcoal particles from the 2019-20 fires
Shoalhaven River littoral zone, charcoal particles from 2019-20 fires
Charcoal sand
Charcoal sand
Pulpit Rock and fields of Fire weed
Pulpit Rock and fields of Fire weed

ZOOM Meeting | Tuesday 4 August | Kalbo 9am and Bundanon 6pm

Robyn, Ian, Daniel, Sissi and Novi at the meeting as a dog for this meeting - 1 bark for yes & 2 barks for no.

  • D,S & N packing up the house, leaving for Finland the next day.
  • Daniel and Sissi spoke of Chimneys, smells – smoke / excrement and chemical fertilisers to break down for fast absorption into the soil.
  • How do we clean up the bad smells that produce pollutions in the world?
  • Fires in Sydney and how the smoke effected population and then travelled around the world, polluting.
  • Daniel spoke about the Smithsonian Journal Project that he, Sissi and Novi worked on before leaving the US.
  • Working with incomplete maps or knowledge, blind drawing.
  • We discussed the idea and small moments of the day.
  • Making a small film of kangaroos and wombats for Novi.
Daniel and Siss preparing to leave Kalbo, Sweden for Helsinki, Finland
Daniel and Siss preparing to leave Kalbo, Sweden for Helsinki, Finland

DAY 3 | WEDNESDAY 5 AUGUST | OBSERVING ANIMALS

Kangaroos at mid morning
Kangaroos and kookaburra in the afternoon
Wombat chewing on grass
Wombat running into its hole

DAY 4 & 5 | THURSDAY 6 & FRIDAY 7 AUGUST | WORKING IN STUDIO


DAY 6 | SATURDAY 8 AUGUST | GOING SHOPPING

On the way to Nowra to stock up for the week
On the way to Nowra to stock up for the week
On the way to Nowra to stock up for the week
On the way back from Nowra

DAY 7 | SUNDAY 7 AUGUST |

day 7
Weeding

DAY 8 | MONDAY 10 AUGUST |

rainbow

DAY 9 | TUESDAY 11 AUGUST |

Flood line
Height of flood line

DAY 10 | WEDNESDAY 12 AUGUST |

Weeding für Günter

DAY 11 | THURSDAY 13 AUGUST |

River Dig

DAY 12 | FRIDAY 14 AUGUST |

Spade

DAY 13 | SATURDAY 15 AUGUST |

Ian
An ode to weeds

DAY 14 | SUNDAY 16 AUGUST | PACKING UP