Three more days to go until the exhibition of my work created during my residency at the Old Birrego School begins.
I am not ready.
We have so much more to do – collating the materials gathered and installing the artwork. We are creating two soundscapes and four visual projections for immersive work in and out of the school room.
The invitation to the opening of this exhibition have been sent some weeks ago. The Wagga Wagga Art Gallery has organised a bus to bring people from Wagga Wagga on their 100 km journey. The head of programming from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney is flying here to open the exhibition.
And the former students with their families will be joining us again at the Old Birrego School.
Hunched over our computers, decisions of what memories of this place to be shared with the wider community begins to take shape. I would like to spend more time to consider and reflect on my last twelve days here at the Old Birrego School. Twelve days is far too short to make any sense of the 80 years of memory which belong to this school.
Hairy panic is a short lived biennial-perennial grass weed widespread throughout New South Wales. Young plants are palatable and of reasonable quality but can be toxic to stock to when eaten in large amounts. It thrives in fertile soils. Mature plants can be up to 60cm tall, the leaves are sparsely hairy, the flower head is large and branched and are not enclosed in the leaf sheaf when young. The light flower heads blow in the wind easily once mature enabling rapid dispersal over long distances. – Best Management Practices for Dryland Cropping Systems, Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority