For This is a Border(town) in 2016 Country Arts SA is curating a 12 month artist residency program in Bordertown, a town that sits 18kms from the South Australian / Victorian state border.
In this increasingly globalised world we are confronted daily with continual reappraisals and reassessments of the physical and psychological borders we as humans have to manage. We use borders to define our personal space such as bricks and mortar for our shelters. Our passports reveal the very borders of our own identities disclosing our age, nationality, gender and incidentally which country’s borders we ourselves have crossed. What sort of self-discipline will be required to survive a borderless / globalised society? And what psychological borders will we choose to build in order to live in this seemingly ever increasingly chaotic, challenging and complex world?
Our partnership with the Tatiara District Council results in the Arts and Community Development position that is currently held by Naomi Fallon. Naomi is building several projects that have been developed and jointly funded with the local community.
Project 1: Malcolm McKinnon will work with new arrivals from distant countries.
Project 2: James Dodd will work with local young people.
Project 3: Mark de Nys will collaborate with men from the Country Fire Service, Men’s Shed and local farmers.
The projects included in This Is A Border (Town) will venerate the human in what sometimes seems to be an inhumane world and through a limited edition publication like our This is A River magazine these stories will be compiled alongside writings and thoughts from local Bordertown residents and national experts.
08. 12. 2016
This is a Border(town) publication now available
It’s finally here! Our ‘This is a Border(town)’ publication is now available in print AND online! This beautiful and provocative publication makes for compelling reading and we are so proud to be able to share it with you all. Physical copies are available from the Walkway Gallery in Bordertown. View an interactive version below, or download a […]
18. 11. 2016
Nikki Carson – Memoirs
Though not born in this Bordertown, I moved here with my family when I was nine years old. My father’s home town, my extended family have a long history in the area. I began playing the piano at a very young age, thanks to my father, who would sit and play and sing nursery rhymes […]
25. 10. 2016
A new life in a new town
Bordertown FULL EDIT from Malcolm McKinnon on Vimeo. This video is the main artwork produced by Malcolm McKinnon as part of the This is a Border(town) artist-in-residence project. Here’s the synopsis for this 15 minute film: Migrants and refugees come to Bordertown as part of their journey to create a new life. Often employed […]
19. 10. 2016
TIMELAPSE VIDEO OF MURAL PAINTING
James Dodd, Country Arts SA, This is A Border (Town), Mural Timelapse from James Dodd on Vimeo.
10. 10. 2016
Heavy Metal Mettle
Here we are again in Bordertown, Its “World Mental Health Day’ Do you feel better having another”day” to embrace whatever…it takes everyday to make a difference. The worlds Mental Health is at a weird Ebb thanks Donald thanks Putin The windmill project with the Gentlemen of the Tatiara Mens Shed is gaining momentum with […]
Mark de Nys
21. 09. 2016
This is a Border (town) – Big deal
I have been chatting with various locals about the mysterious white kangaroos. Turns out they might be a bit of a white wash, or a white elephant. No one really has any idea why they are here or why they are important. Ergo, no one really has a strong sense of why they should […]
20. 09. 2016
So, it turns out, historically, that Bordertown owes its whole existence to police. During the Victorian gold rush of the 1850’s most of South Australia’s able-bodied men fled, spurred on by gold fever. Mostly, they didn’t even come back to SA when they had found gold, leaving the state workforce and economy crippled and on […]
19. 09. 2016
This is a Border (Town) – Highway Driving
Driving along the highway to Bordertown, I have a particular experience that taps into my various thoughts on possible discussions and outcomes within this project. One of the prompts for This is a Border (town) is to consider contemporary boundaries and our approaches to them – whether they are real constraints or whether we […]
05. 09. 2016
Mandy hits the play button on the YouTube clip of the Australian National Anthem and all of us assembled in the Bordertown Council Chambers sing along (with varying degrees of fluency) as we follow the bouncing ball on the screen. Yakob, Saied, Bipemacho and Ninneh have come to Australia from different corners of Africa: […]
05. 08. 2016
This is a Border(town) – new teaser video
This is a Border(town) teaser (extended) from Malcolm McKinnon on Vimeo.
01. 08. 2016
Dancing in your own language
Farid Drokhshan is a confident performer, and he knows how to engage an audience. I’ve seen him performing twice in Bordertown now, playing seated on the floor beside his eight-year old son who accompanies him on the tabla. I’ve enjoyed Farid’s music, but what I’ve enjoyed most from these events is seeing the response of […]
24. 07. 2016
1000 years of experience versus the Windmill gang
They stand alone in the Windswept Paddock, Mostly silent apart from a wind driven whirring or a squeaky protest due to lack of lubrication, some have bits missing, some are held together with fencing wire. Iconic, Silvery, Rusty Sentinels, Givers of life, Bringers of Water Windmills They stand together in the shed, never silent, Chatter, […]
Mark de Nys
01. 07. 2016
Migrants are Vital – news story from The Border Chronicle
MIGRANTS ARE VITAL BY GEORGINA HORE, THE BORDER CHRONICLE, 22 June 2016 CLAIMS by Federal Minister for Immigration Peter Dutton that “illiterate and innumerate” migrants would “take Australian jobs” have caused local backlash. Victorian documentary maker Malcolm McKinnon has said the remarks were “completely unfounded”. Mr McKinnon has visited Bordertown over the last two months for […]
30. 06. 2016
Countering the globalisation of indifference
In a recent essay for the London Review of Books, British journalist and historian Frances Stonor Saunders offers provocative comment on the nature of borders in the post 9/11 world. She observes that borders are managed, unsurprisingly, in the interests of the rich and powerful. If your passport is issued by a wealthy country such […]
15. 06. 2016
A Question of Empathy
I recently started work on an artist-in-residence project in Bordertown, supported by Country Arts SA. I’m the first for three artists working this year on a multifaceted project called This is a Border(town). Primarily based in Melbourne, I’m journeying over to the Tatiara to research and develop work in a range of media, including video […]