This is a Border (Town)

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.

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08. 12. 2016

This is a Border(town) publication now available

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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 […]

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Matthew Bennett

Matthew Bennett

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 […]

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Matthew Bennett

Matthew Bennett

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 […]

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Malcolm McKinnon

Malcolm McKinnon

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.

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James Dodd

James Dodd

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 […]

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Mark de Nys

Mark de Nys

21. 09. 2016

This is a Border (town) – Big deal

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  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 […]

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James Dodd

James Dodd

20. 09. 2016

Police State

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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 […]

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James Dodd

James Dodd

19. 09. 2016

This is a Border (Town) – Highway Driving

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  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 […]

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James Dodd

James Dodd

05. 09. 2016

Becoming settled

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  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: […]

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Malcolm McKinnon

Malcolm McKinnon

05. 08. 2016

This is a Border(town) – new teaser video

This is a Border(town) teaser (extended) from Malcolm McKinnon on Vimeo.

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Malcolm McKinnon

Malcolm McKinnon

When

TBC

Type

Artist Residency

Presenter/Partners

James Dodd, Mark de Nys, Malcolm McKinnon

Location

Bordertown

About the Artist

Malcolm McKinnon

Malcolm McKinnon is an Australian artist and filmmaker working mainly in rural communities. Over the past 25 years, his work has encompassed oral history, urban planning, public and community art projects, critical writing and exhibitions. His current practice is mainly focused around documentary filmmaking and social history, motivated by an appreciation of living memory and local vernacular.

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About the Artist

James Dodd

James Dodd is an artist who has a strong interest in public space and often works on mural scale and community oriented outcomes. He has a multi-faceted visual arts practice that embraces a range of painting and sculptural approaches. He exhibits regularly across Australia and has had his work collected by major institutions, including the National Gallery of Australia. Dodd is an educator at Adelaide Central School of Art and is represented by Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide.

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About the Artist

Mark de Nys

Mark de Nys is a Limestone Coast based Visual Artist ,Educator and Musician,with a background in Engineering and Design, he has worked on large scale public artwork throughout Australia, taking energy from things never before made, re-inventing and re imagining always questioning, Why? This is a Border(town) offers the rare chance to engage with local Blokes via the Men's Shed along with industry and council members, the outcome is organic and fluid embracing Men's mental health, there may be Windmills! Hope to see you on the Journey.

Country Arts SA recognises and respects that we are living and creating on Aboriginal Lands and we are committed to working together to honour their living cultures.