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The Australian National University

Wet River-Dry Lake


Australian National University
2005

Two Field Studies programs inform this exhibition. One took place in the region around Wentworth, notable as the place of convergence of the great Darling and Murray Rivers. The other program focused on Mungo National Park, an exemplar of open space and encapsulated time. These places, and the people who live in them, were the source of inspiration for the visual artwork, music compositions and writing that comprise Wet River Dry Lake. 

As a public event Wet River Dry Lake has taken shape from diverse processes. Firstly, the exhibition was not curated in the conventional sense. There was no considered selection of work by a single unifying mind. From the outset, well before creative production began, all artists committed to exhibit, compose, perform and write. In the end there were only a few casualties, none attributable as one might expect to tight deadlines.


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