During early 2007, as part of the biennial Ten Days on the Island Festival, James Newitt and Justy Phillips staged the exhibition component of their three-year project write/here. For ten days the artists occupied every advertising billboard space in Hobart – replacing existing advertisements with text phrases.
Each billboard revealed a single narrative text – a personal response to life in Hobart written by the public of Hobart, such as: students from Iran, Sudan and Sierra Leone; female inmates at Risdon Prison; clients at old-age nursing homes; college students; Aboriginal Elders; and anonymous submissions from general public through a number of writing workshops and a web forum.
write/here was published as a temporary public exhibition and through a project book. The intervention incorporated documentary strategies to create an artwork which is part community event, part temporary public art project and part media intervention. This paper will discuss the intentions, outcomes and processes behind the project and specifically reflect on the importance of its temporary nature within city.
Publication titleAustralian Council of University Art and Design Schools 2009 Conference: Interventions in the Public Domain
Department/SchoolSchool of Creative Arts and Media
PublisherAustralian Council of University Art and Design Schools
Place of publicationBrisbane, QLD
Event titleACUADS: Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools Conference
Event VenueBrisbane, QLD
Date of Event (Start Date)2009-09-30
Date of Event (End Date)2009-10-02
Rights statementCopyright 2009 The Author