Homegrown at COFA space

Be sure to catch this satellite exhibition to Try This At Home at COFA space from Tuesday, 1 November- Friday, 5 November. Join the artists and guest speaker Costa Georgiadis for an opening event on Wednesday 2 November, 5:30- 7:30

For more information on Homegrown go to the brand new CURATING CITIES WEBSITE.


Between Two Waves

Sydney’s Griffin Theatre Company recently launched their 2012 season programme, announcing that this time next year, it will present Between Two Waves, “a relationship drama against a climate change backdrop”.  The play, which will open in November 2012, is one of a small few performing arts productions to engage with the real life issues of the nature of our modern day environment in an artistic capacity. This contrasts with the visual arts, in which the exploration of the issue of how to approach our increasingly fragile environment is being rigorously and widely interrogated globally—an exploration to which this blog, the exhibition Try This At Home and the five-year Curating Cities project are contributing.

Alex Bellemore from wetrythisathome.org approached Griffin Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Sam Strong, to ask him to contribute his thoughts on the performing arts and sustainability and Between Two Waves. This is what he had to say …

On the performing arts and sustainability:

We had a fascinating moment at the Australian Theatre Forum that was a discussion about sustainability and what theatre companies are doing about sustainability. There are a lot of concrete things going on and obviously STC [the Sydney Theatre Company] has led the charge in that regard—the recycling of sets, less paper in the office… but what was also fascinating about what came up at the session was, well, are we making art about this? And the usual conversations that go on that said we don’t want to make art about issues, sometimes art that is about issues is less effective or didactic, or get buried in the research or the science.

We are endeavouring to make work which is more urgent and responsive to our immediate environment, and the great thing about the performing arts is that we can do that fairly quickly, we can respond quicker than film can for example. We think it’s important for us to be immediate and responsive to the world around us and to reflect that present world back to us as well as the recent past.

On Between Two Waves:

I think what’s fascinating about what Ian Meadows [the writer of Between Two Waves] has done in Between Two Waves is his entry point into the climate change question—it is emotional and imaginative. Yes, it confronts all of the science, and it confronts what is the biggest issue of our time, he does that, but he does it in a way that is about one character’s quite personal struggle.

Ian has created a main character who is a climatologist, who has specialist knowledge of where the world is headed, the anxiety that that creates is sharpened in that his personal life evolves over the course of the piece, which is the relationship side of it [the play] and his partner falls pregnant, so they are confronting that very personal take on that climate change question: how do you bring a child in to a world which you know is fucked? There is also the imaginative side of it as well, what was originally a film script that Ian wrote, that was in development, had these wonderful visual moments,  of what I suppose were nightmare sequence of  a kind of environmental dystopia. Ian faced the fascinating but challenging task of bringing those into the theatre and he has found a great, formal solution for that so that there is some wonderful, imaginative takes on climate change that exist in this piece.

Between Two Waves

5 October—17 November 2012

SBW Stables Theatre
10 Nimrod Street
Kings Cross NSW 2011


6 jars by Makeshift needs you

There is still time to be part of the 6 Jars project by Makeshift for the Try This at Home exhibition.

Makeshift write: “You are cordially invited to become part of the revolution. It begins in your kitchen. Six volunteer households in the vicinity of Object (ie. Darlinghurst, Surry Hills, Redfern etc.) are required to form a pilot ‘6 Jars’ collective, making a commitment to circulating jars of homemade food or other household goods over the course of the exhibition. Each week the group will meet to exchange jars – everyone going home with an assortment filled by other members. Up for negotiation as the project unfolds are decisions about the contents of jars (organic, local, wild foraged, urban gleaned, vegan?), how and where weekly meetings take place (your place or mine, and is someone cooking?), and what equipment/resources people are willing to share (blenders, ovens, food processers, backyard produce…).

Makeshift, 2011, 6 jars, installation shot

Some aspects of the group’s journey will be tracked on this blog and in the gallery space. We would particularly like to include people who are willing to document their involvement via photographs and/or short written updates for the blog. However your interest in the project and commitment to trying something different and seeing it through for the three months of the exhibition are the most important criteria for selection. To get involved, email us right now at mailbox@makeshift.com.au with a brief description of why you’d like to be part of ‘6 Jars’.” See more about the 6 Jars project on their blog www.6jars.org and about their practice on the website www.makeshift.com.au.


Welcome to We Try This at Home

We Try This at Home is the online presence of the exhibition Try This at Home and a crucial component of the exhibition. It will be a platform for the discussion of sustainability and ecological discourse on a national and local level, with posts from a wide variety of academics and leaders in these fields and profiles of members of the community who engage with sustainable practice in their everyday lives. And, with the help of viewers’ contributions to this site, the exhibition will perform the ways in which the urban contexts of our homes support or hinder our attempts to live sustainably, identifying opportunities for positive changes to the social and structural fabric of our city.

So please, do not just read this blog – get involved! Let loose on the comments section of posts and share your ideas. If you would like to contribute to the blog get in contact with us so we can make it happen.

We look forward to sharing with you a wide range of interesting engagements with sustainability over the coming months and to hearing your thoughts. Enjoy the blog and enjoy the exhibition!


Artists Talk at Object Gallery



Join participating artists Makeshift and the Slow Art Collective as they discuss the exhibition Try This At Home, in Object’s Project Space.

Both Makeshift and Slow Art Collective have taken an interactive approach in creating work for this exhibition, engaging with the local community around Object Gallery.

Makeshift will introduce their 6 Jars project giving you the chance to be part of a group of households that meet regularly as a collective with a commitment to circulating jars of homemade food or other household goods over the course of the exhibition, or even to initiate your own group.

Makeshift, 2011,6 Jars, installation shot.

For more information on this event contact Object Gallery: