Chasing Infinite Junctures – Below Deck

Image: detail of Chasing Infinite Junctures, by Caitlin Franzmann

Attention without feeling, I began to learn, is only a report – Mary Oliver

Friends and folks in Brisbane, tomorrow evening I will be performing as a part of Below Deck, which is – as best I know it – Brisbane’s only pirate frequented poetry reading. Get amongst it. Details as follows:

  • Below Deck
  • Padre Bar, 598 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba
  • 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start, sign up for open mic approximately 6.30-6.45pm

I hope that you may be able to attend, although please note that under 18 folk may require a grown up buddy as the venue is licensed.

I am feeling quietly nervous and excited about sharing this new work, which is inspired by the visual artist Caitlin Franzmann and her latest collaborative installation work, Chasing Infinite Junctures, which will be opening at Box Copy gallery this Friday evening at 6.00pm. This four part series of poetic fragments is part erasure and part ekphrasis, in that it draws from text in the introductory catalogue essay (also authored by me) and tries to share some of the experience and form of the work itself, or at least the sense of response within me.

For those not prone to clicking on links, the invitation for Friday is as follows and I would greatly encourage you to come and see the work, which I found stilling and moving in equal measure:

For ‘Chasing Infinite Junctures’, Brisbane based artist Caitlin Franzmann will present a new installation work as an open site for affect, response and collaboration. The exhibition will begin with an architectural intervention, which will then be available for exchange and transformation involving other artists, events and the sensing body of the audience. For five weeks, Caitlin will provide a space for new junctures to unfold. Join us for the opening event on Friday 10th April. The exhibition will then be open for viewing from Thursday 16 April – Saturday 16 May, 2-8pm Thu-Sat.

Caitlin originally trained as an urban planner and in 2012 completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at Queensland College of Art. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at National Gallery of Victoria, Institute of Modern Art, QUT Art Museum and Canberra Contemporary Art Space. In 2012 she was an artist in residence at LEVEL ARI and later joined the collective as co-director. In 2014 Caitlin took part in the Instrument Builders Project in Yogyakarta and, with the support of Asialink Arts Residency Program and Arts Queensland, spent three months researching and experimenting new work at torna, Istanbul. Caitlin was recipient of the 2014 Churchie National Emerging Art Prize and was one of thirteen artists selected to exhibit in Primavera 2014: Young Australian Artists at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

By Eleanor Jackson

Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer, cyclist, writer, gal about town, feminist, freewheeler, and friend.

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