chris williams & green brigade | field of the unwanted
Mobilising community members into a Green Brigade to activate and transform a razed demolition site in central Fremantle, Field of the Unwanted uses weeds, "plants that grow where they are not wanted" to question the hierarchies of value and displacement experienced by members of our own communities.
Field of the Unwanted elevates the status of weeds in the formation of an ordered garden that creates a home for the unwanted. A weed rescue and resettlement service will collect weeds from Fremantle, surrounding suburbs and private residences, relocating them to a cultivated vacant lot on Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle. Acting as custodians of the various weed plots, the artists and the surrounding community will tend, grow and create an emerging installation, caring for the weeds till the end of their lifespan.
EVENTS & OPENING HOURS
FIELD OF THE UNWANTED OPENING HOURS
8 Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle (map)
20 Nov - 17 Dec 2017
Mon, 9am – 12pm, Tues, 9am – 12pm, Thurs, 4 – 6pm, Sat, 10am – 1pm
BECOME A CUSTODIAN
Become a custodian of your own weed plot, assisting the Green Brigade in this emerging installation, ordered garden and home for the unwanted.
Register your interest here
COMMUNITY PLANTING DAY
Sat 25 Nov and Sat 2 Dec, 9am – 12pm
Join the Green Brigade in a community planting day. Learn how to tend, rescue and resettle various weed varieties.
Join the Facebook event
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Chris Williams is an artist and Creative Producer for DADAA and has been a member of the pvi collective since its’ inception. pvi collective works in New–Media arts to initiate socially and politically motivated performances, exhibitions and interventions.
Green Brigade is a fluid group of artists who come to the project through DADAA and seek to engage with the urban setting of Fremantle. Using green installations, practices and graffiti, the artists consider and explore ways of shifting their sense of ownership and belonging in the community. Over the long term, Green Brigade will work toward growing its numbers and membership, encouraging more people to enter the spaces of their own neighbourhoods, and take ‘ownership’ through creative and socially inquisitive activity.
Working within a Community Arts and Cultural Development (CACD) framework, DADAA is a leading arts and health organisation that creates access to cultural activities for people with disability or a mental illness.
Field of the Unwanted is commissioned as part of the Know Thy Neighbour #2 program and presented in partnership with DADAA. Images: Courtesy the Green Brigade, 2017.
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