Sunday Salons make the time and the space to immerse in what drives us, investigating the ideas that underlie our artistic practice. Our 2011 record: March 20 (Welcome) / April 17 (Commitment and burnout) / May 22 (Ambition) / June 19 (Play) / August 14 (Awareness) / September 11 (Great writing and adventure) / October 23 (Community creativity, individual creativity) / November 20 (Excursion: Intersections)

SALON #7 Mind-map: individual creativity, collaborative creativity.

SALON #7 Mind-map: individual creativity, collaborative creativity.

— 2 years ago


Reflecting on this year together, as well as within the context of our own practice and trajectories, each of us will come along with an anecdote of a time when our history, tradition, genre, heritage has intersected with our reality in a particular way. With thanks to Rinske for articulating Sunday Salon #8’s mode of inspiration. 

Gathering at Abbotsford Convent 3:00pm Sunday, 20 November.

— 2 years ago


Felicity, Michael, Rinske, Paul, Anna (and Luka!), Craig and I spent an inspiring afternoon thinking through Felicity’s provocations on individual v group creativity. We moved from the cult of genius through a range of feminist critiques, finally looking at the conditions for the production of the work - both from a philosophical and a historical standpoint, and also from each of our own practical perspectives. In doing so we discussed artists and works including…

We discussed the differences between collaboration, mentorship, and participation in a community of practice - against the impossibility of creating work in a vacuum, and the various factors having led to the pre-feminist imagining of the singular, heroic, genius artist.

As we discussed our own practice as well as the way in which a general public might understand the work of art or the ‘star’ individual, we turned to history, context and tradition, and determined to make our next salon an excursion. 

— 2 years ago with 11 notes
#collaboration  #genius  #creativity  #art  #academia 
Mind-map: Writing as great adventure.

Mind-map: Writing as great adventure.

— 3 years ago with 1 note


Towards the end of our discussion we talked about creativity and the creative process, the singular creative versus the community of practice and the collaborative model. Do we fetishise the individual creator at the expense of community factors? What would creativity look like in isolation of content, context, community? Felicity Joseph will lead us through some of these ideas, and more.

— 3 years ago

Last Sunday Paul took us on quite the adventure through the lives of nine great writers: Baudelaire; Rimbaud & Verlaine; Byron; Shelley; Keats; Artaud; Strindberg and Nijinsky. Among these transgressive and scandalous lives there were common themes of high passion, illness, dandyism, romance, commitment, performance and living and creating at the very limits. Our discussion placed them in a context of polite society and privilege, each one facing his own moments of crisis stimulating creativity and change. We discussed heroes and anti-heroes, out-of-the-ordinary life choices vs the everyday and the banal, as well as the conditions for the production of the ‘great text.’

A whole lot of writers and texts came up, including:

  • Michael Herr’s Dispatches, a visceral piece of literary non-fiction chronicling his experiences in Vietnam
  • Heidegger’s Being and Time, described by Paul as the last ‘great text’ 
  • Barthes’ Camera Lucida, a unique work on photography which also reflects on the death of Barthes’ mother 
  • Wim Wenders’ new film Pina, a 3D documentary on the genre-busting choreographer, Pina Bausch. See also her writings on the creative process 
  • Paul Fearne’s article Nijinsky: Ballet, Schizophrenic Consciousness & Philosophy, in Consciousness, Literature and the Arts, Volume 10 Number 2, August 2009
  • Street Works, the international design competition for public spaces works in Sydney that I recently judged - we discussed the work composed of interconnected chairs.
— 3 years ago with 12 notes
#writing  #Baudelaire  #Rimbaud  #Verlaine  #Byron  #Shelley  #Keats  #Artaud  #Strindberg  #Nijinsky  #creativity  #risk  #adventure 
Awareness: my mind-map from our session. Including the Csíkszentmihályi top ten factors for achieving flow.

Awareness: my mind-map from our session. Including the Csíkszentmihályi top ten factors for achieving flow.

— 3 years ago

What kinds of lives were led by the writers we admire? What kind of daily life gets us into that rare and wonderful state of flow that we need for creative work? How do we reconcile our contemporary demands and expectations of ourselves with the amazing lives led by writers and thinkers in centuries past? Join us as Paul Fearne leads a session on GREAT WRITING AND ADVENTURE.

— 3 years ago

It was quite the adventure! We began with Rinske’s passionate account of the Oresteia, then stepped out into the courtyard for a personal and paired spatial exploration exercise, where Rinske led us in becoming attuned to our senses. We discussed how discombobulating it can be to describe while observing, to close our eyes for long periods, to open ourselves to too much sensation. We each shared our approaches to daily flow and rhythm, as well as to care for the self against the rapid pace of contemporary life (which Rinske described so very aptly as “the urgency of the banal”). We ended with a discussion of the factors of flow and the kinds of daily activity that keep the body healthy and the mind creative.


- René Girard, Violence and the Sacred:é_Girard

- Life in Movement, the film about Tanja Liedtke’s life, death and legacy:

- A book, “Unconsciously Overweight” - Rinske I can’t seem to find details?

- the Weber-Fechner Effect: about changes in a given stimulus and its perceived effect in different contexts–Fechner_law

- again, the inspiring Mihály Csíkszentmihályi on flow:

- Hildegard of Bingen: a brilliant polymath of 12th century Germany

— 3 years ago
Donkey Wheel House →

We’re often asked what’s behind the name. Well, even in the choosing of our name, there’s a story demonstrating a ‘think different, act different, make a different difference’ approach.

In 16th century England, a village in Oxfordshire had a problem… how to get water out of an old 200 foot well.

A large wheel and donkey to turn it were installed. Water flowed and the community was transformed. The wheel is now a treasured museum piece on an estate where the original donkey wheel donors lived…

— 3 years ago


Body. Mind. Sensation. Reaction. Place. Context. Provocation. Response.
Rinske will take us on her own adventure.


— 3 years ago
The Melbourne Rope Quoits Association →

Their slogan is “Rope quoits - Try it.” Catchy…

"Did you know?

Records tell us that Rope Quoits was played extensively throughout Britain as early as the 15th century and was introduced by early settlers to Australia at many mining centres.

The Australian Rope Quoits Council was formed in 1947 as the controlling body and to standardize equipment…”

— 3 years ago