When we dig, things come up explores the act of mining. It arose from Peltz’ sense that his role as an American artist in residence in a Western Australian town founded on American ambition and greed was something of a re-enactment. In response to this situation, Peltz ‘mined’ a series of narrative fragments from and about Tom Price — the US businessman, the former mountain and the present-day purpose-built mining town and open-pit iron ore mine


COMMUNITY: MOORA - ARTISTS: Sonia Leber and David Chesworth [australia] - PROJECT: the way you move me

Melbourne artists, Sonia Leber and David Chesworth, immersed themselves in the community of Moora to observe in close proximity the rhythms and intensities of the mass-movement of sheep and cattle across the landscape. The resulting two-channel video installation, The Way You Move Me, captures the internal dynamics of various local herds through periods of intensification and slowness; sometimes highly chaotic and unpredictable, other times surprisingly ordered. Accompanied by a detailed, almost wordless sound design, this highly visceral work highlights both the seen and unseen forces that exist between humans and animals, meditatively framing the more personal moments of interspecies connection



During their eight-week residency in the southern town of Denmark, the Colorado-based collective M12 immersed themselves in the region's history, environment and wildlife. The resulting work Ornitarium, a site-specific architectural sculpture and functional bird hide, was inspired by local knowledge and appreciation of the birds that populate the region's wetlands areas, regional timber types and building methods


COMMUNITY: ESPERANCE - ARTIST: tea mäkipää (Finland) - PROJECT: Business hotspot

Business Hotspot is a temporary public artwork and wi-fi hotspot that was installed at the Cape Le Grand National Park, Esperance, over April–May 2014. The work comprised a fully functional wi-fi hotspot in a pristine and protected natural environment. While accessible to all who frequented the wilderness of the southern coast, the hotspot was intended as a commentary on the lack of value placed on native animals by the financial market, making the animals voiceless stakeholders of their own natural habitats.

COMMUNITY: Narrogin - Artists: Jakub Szczesny & Kaja Pawelek [Poland] - PROJECT: Narrogin banskia tower

Conceived by Polish architect and artist, Jakub Szcze ̨sny, and curator, Kaja Pawelek, Banksia Tower is a proposal for a major public artwork for the town of Narrogin at the now largely abandoned railway yards. Once the heart of Narrogin (employing some 600 people), and still a central site, the artists identified the old railway yards as a significant location for the tower; a place for people to come together and engage in a creative revitalisation initiative. The project, including community involvement and response, was documented by Polish artist and filmmaker, Matylda Salajewska, for Europe's Canal television channel, and sampled for this exhibition.

COMMUNITY: geraldton - ARTIST: pia lanzinger [germany] -PROJECT: Geraldton goes Wajarri

Pia Lanzinger’s project focuses on Wajarri, an Aboriginal language that today has less than 50 fluent speakers, despite it once being the most commonly spoken language in Australia’s mid-western region. Lanzinger’s project, Geraldton goes Wajarri, is concerned with the conservation of this language, and takes Wajarri words into the public spaces of the City of Greater Geraldton. During her residency, Lanzinger invited Jambinu (Geraldton) citizens to adopt a Wajarri word and to use it in day-to-day life, effectively to become mentors for the language. Through her adopt-a-word campaign and a series of playful public events, Lanzinger created a reservoir of knowledge, a living archive of the language in the consciousness of Geraldton residents.

COMMUNITY: Roebourne - ARTISTS: Sohan Ariel Hayes & Michael Woodley [australia] -PROJECT: Birndi Wirndi - Worlds Apart

In late 2010 Perth-based artist, Sohan Ariel Hayes, spent two months in Roebourne working with Michael Woodley from the Juluwarlu Aboriginal Corporation. In addition to holding several editing and filmmaking workshops for Juluwarlu's multimedia trainees and presenting an outdoor projection at the Cossack Art Awards, Hayes and Woodley worked closely together to create Birndi Wirndi - Worlds Apart, a projection work that aims to assist in sustaining the cultural struggle being experienced by the local Yindjibarndi community.

Birndi Wirndi - Worlds Apart depicts the hearts, minds and spirits of the Yindjibarndi people who, although challenged by the enormous forces of WA's mining boom, still stand strong. Birndi Wirndi was originally projected across the façade of Roebourne's old Victoria Hotel. Closed in 2003 at the request of the local aboriginal community, the hotel had been a site where the excesses of the 1960s mining boom played out with terrible impact on the Roebourne community


COMMUNITY: lake grace- ARTISTS:  Osterholt & Uitentuis [the netherlands] and Michelle slarke [australia] -PROJECT: to the other end

Conceived by Michelle Slarke, Point of Slaughter evolved from the Lake Grace residency of Dutch artists, Wouter Osterholt and Elke Uitentuis, and their project to explore the issues around live sheep export.  In November 2010, Michelle, Wouter and Elke travelled to Bahrain for Eid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) and conducted research and interviews with Bahrainis and Australians about the sheep trade between the two countries. In the year since,live export has become a most contentious issue in Australia. Slarke's Point of Slaughter looks at theback story to the debate and the complexities of the trade and cultural relationships of the people at each point of the journey, including her own community. 


COMMUNITY: katanning / cocos islands- ARTIST: john mateer [australia] -PROJECT: the quiet slave

The Quiet Slave is an installation, book and research project realised as a historically accurate fiction set on the Indian Ocean islands during the early 19th century. It describes the first years of settlement on the Cocos-Keeling Islands, located between Perth and Sri Lanka, through the eyes of Rosie, a female Malay slave belonging to the controversial Englishman Alexander Hare. Uncovering the origins of the Malay community of the Cocos-Keeling Islands, the project restores a sense of its place both in the history of the South-East Asian slave trade and in the British Empire.


COMMUNITY: albany - ARTISTS: erin coates & anna nazzari [australia] -PROJECT: Cetaphobia


COMMUNITY: Dampier Peninsula - ARTIST: Philip Samartzis - PROJECT: peninsula

Created by Melbourne-based sound artist, Philip Samartzis, Peninsula is a surround-sound installation comprising audio recorded on the Dampier Peninsula between August and September 2010. The work draws on the insights of the local Djarindjin, Lombadinia and One Arm Point communities who shared with the artist those sounds most meaningful to them.