CAMPBELL DRAKE - PAST AND PRESENT - PAPERBOYS
Campbell Drake’s piece Past and Present is an historical reconstruction of photograph of a 1950s paper boy, Michael Binney. In memorial of times now sadly gone by, on Friday October 19, a printed broadsheet newspaper will be distributed on the steps of Flinders St Station by real paper boys dressed in historical grey dustcoats. The broadsheet newspaper will contain documentation, historical imagery and commissioned editorial investigation of the collective fascination with the station and understandings of the station itself.
CAMERON ROBBINS - METRONOMIC - CLOCKTOWER
Cameron Robbins culminates his month-long occupation of Flinders Street Station’s clock tower with Metronomic in which he utilizes the sound of the clock ticking as the basis of an explorative musical work with drumming icon Allan Browne in what he terms 'Base Camp' situated below the main clock mechanism. Cameron’s other works include a ghost-like light beacon set in the top of the tower for the length of the occupation and drawings using wind and light to control elaborate mechanisms that map the energy through the site.
Gravitating towards the gymnasium Rowlands' will investigate the spatial complexities of this space. In the early 1900’s the gymnasium was a popular training center for many young men from around Melbourne and home to many of the top wrestlers. Over the years the space has been a final resting point for retired office furniture and a vast collection of old station related material. Rowlands' has now cleaned the space, and reinstated the original boxing ring. His aim now is to reactivate the gym through a series of sculptural actions that will utilize some of the found office furnishings. With a chance meeting with one of the original gym members, age 95, this investigation is sure to engage both the past history and current readings of this space..
ELIZABETH DRAKE - DURATION - BALLROOM
Elizabeth Drake and Caroline Almonte will play Simeon Ten Holt’s Canto Ostinato as a live video and audio cross from Fliders street's historic ballroom on Friday 19th at 7pm. This will be the first concert to be performed in the ballroom in 20 years. Elizabeth Drake and Vanessa Tomlinson, will also perform Steve Reich's Piano Phase as a live audio feed to the station concourse on Saturday the 20th.
JAMES CAREY - DOMESTIC OCCUPATION - MAIL ROOM
James Carey's site investigation involved the occupation of Room 244, a large room situated on the second level and southern end of Flinders Street. The previous usages for this area was for mail sorting, then uniform distribution, and Department of Child Social Welfare and for the past five years, condemned to a ‘dumping ground’ for objects past their use by date. James has painstakingly categorized and filed the discarded office materials filtering through the piles, inclusive of the dust, to create intricate compositions within the pigeon-hole cabinets of the mailroom leaving only a select grouping of historic rail mechanisms and large dust drawings on canvas. _
JEREMY TAYLOR - CIRCADIAN STATION
Jeremy explored various spaces to create a work using the sonic textures of Flinders Street Station. An ambient recording of 24 hours at the station informed the piece’s structure and form. From there, sounds taken from field recordings, cassette tapes of old announcements and found objects were compiled, cut and manipulated to create a contemporary piece of music that reflects the circadian pulse of Flinders Street Station. When it came to performing the piece in the old ballroom, guitar and bass was played over the final section to humanise the inherently industrial sounds of the recordings and to represent the release at the end of the proverbial ‘daily grind’.