In April 2011 the Melbourne team travelled to Shanghai to meet with the team at the Fine Art College, Shanghai University. Whilst there, the team investigated potential project and research sites in the urban environment. During site visits on the Huangpu River (黄浦江), video, sound and photographic field recordings were conducted. These recordings explore the myriad of activities and materials associated with the river.
Here are some of the pieces our artists made in this journey.
Barge Past. Dominic Redfern, 2011.
These are barge families working the river up to Shanghai. They live and work the river with often three generations sharing the work and living quarters.
Urban village drain, Outer Shanghai. Dominic Redfern, 2011.
This work was created on the edges of Shanghai at the point where a village drain meets a small river. In the detritus that has collected in this zone we can see an old paintbrush covered in red paint, a decaying mop, a discarded ceramic bowl, polystyrene as well the plants creatures that find life there. A poem of debris, this living archeology can tell us much about the state of this small community.
Throughout the Spatial Dialogues project I am collecting imagery from around our region and the world that addresses our collective responsibility for the world’s water as an ecosystem and our most valuable resource. Together these images combine to speak to the multiplicity of ways that water is integral to our survival and to that of our planet.
- Dominic Redfern
Barge on the Huangpu River, Shanghai. Philip Samartzis, April 2011.
Shanghai Port. Philip Samartzis, April 2011.
Barge Moored on the Huangpu River,Shanghai. Philip Samartzis, April 2011.