Im­mersed in art at Boorhaman

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - By ANITA McPHER­SON

AN artist who makes sitere­spon­sive works us­ing sculp­ture and in­stal­la­tion will host a work­shop for all on Fri­day, as part of the Boorhaman Res­i­dency Project which is cur­rently un­der­way.

Mel­bourne-based artists Chaco Kato and Dy­lan Mar­torell are liv­ing and work­ing in the ru­ral town this week at the old pri­mary school where they are cre­at­ing am­bi­tious, large scale art­works us­ing ma­te­ri­als found on site and in the town.

The project is the brain­child of co-di­rec­tors Kate Hill and Eu­gene Howard who wanted to rein­vig­o­rate the old school site by us­ing it as a space to in­spire and ed­u­cate peo­ple.

While Dy­lan hosted two school hol­i­day work­shops last week where par­tic­i­pants got in­volved in mak­ing sound sculp­tures and video per­for­mance, this week it will be Chaco’s turn to share her skills dur­ing a tex­tile-based ses­sion.

Ms Hill said the two work­shops by Dy­lan Mar­torell proved to be very suc­cess­ful.

“Par­tic­i­pants did a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties such as us­ing ro­bot­ics to trig­ger sound record­ings, mak­ing in­stru­ments from old farm equip­ment, and record­ing a mu­sic video as a band,” she said.

“Sound and video from this project will be pre­sented to view­ers at our Open Day on Satur­day as pro­jec­tions and imbed­ded sound pieces, and it will be view­able in an ex­hi­bi­tion at the Wan­garatta Art Gallery in May next year.”

This Fri­day from 2pm un­til 4.30pm par­tic­i­pants are in­vited to come to a free work­shop and learn weav­ing tech­niques with mas­ter tex­tile artist, Chaco Kato.

An Open Day will be held on Satur­day where the pub­lic is in­vited to join the artists for talks and a pic­nic while ex­pe­ri­enc­ing their work in the old school grounds.

Vis­i­tors will be able to in­ter­act with the sculp­tures Dy­lan Mar­torell and par­tic­i­pants have made in­clud­ing touch re­spon­sive ob­jects hooked up to a sound scape recorded around Boorhaman.

They will also be able to see Chaco Kato’s large scale weav­ing and con­trib­ute their own weav­ing into the piece.

There will also be a free sausage siz­zle and other ac­tiv­i­ties on site such as soc­cer on the oval, four-square, a por­trait booth in front of the green screen and af­ter­noon tea.

An Aus­lan in­ter­preted “Wel­come to Coun­try” will be held at 10am, and in­tro­duc­tion to the res­i­dency and works on site by the artists be­tween 10.30am and mid­day, fol­lowed by lunch and more hands-on ses­sions in the af­ter­noon.

Places for the Fri­day work­shop are lim­ited and regis­tra­tions can be made by email­ing hello@ res­i­den­cypro­jects.com.

TEX­TILE IN­STAL­LA­TION: Artist Chaco Kato will show­case the large scale weav­ing work she has cre­ated at Boorhaman dur­ing an Open Day on Satur­day.

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