Fatigue Detail

a group of soldiers ordered to perform menial, nonmilitary tasks, sometimes as a punishment.

Sydneys coastline is a place of pleasure, a rare example of nature skirting the inner suburbs providing a plane of the unknown as a counterpoint to the rigidity of the city’s urban environment. The beaches that wind from Diamond Bay in the north, to Little Bay in the south provide Sydney with a public place that oscillates between repetition and mercuriality.

It is an edge of the city that can be understood in its liminal condition; a mediating point between the city and the sea, the boundary of which is never definite and of a continually varying thickness.The tidal pools that appear at junctions between various beaches and the headlands offer examples of the way in which this condition is exploited for desire. The very pleasure gained by these pools and baths rest upon the unknown; the very lack of precise boundary that distinguishes the predictablefrom the un(attainable)knowable.

In this way, it is perhaps the mechanics offered by the oceans coastline that can be seen as an incredibly important part the genius loci of Sydney’s coastal environment. This project attempts to understand this environment within and beyond the coastline, exploring the liminal condition of the Blanket Men Memorial, The Gap, Clovelly Carpark and various other sites along Sydney’s Coastal stretch.

This exhibition was made possible with the generosity of Sarah Roach, Mathew Stubbs and Jordi.

The project will evolve into a proposal that explores new ideas for housing the deceased in a strecth of Sydney's coastline where real estate for this purpose is becoming increasingly limited.