After Karl Von Hügel - Collecting pockets (Hobart Docks)

Rebecca Mayo (Creator)

    Research output: Non-textual formPhysical Non-textual work


    Between November 1833 and October 1834, Karl von Hügel visited the newly settled colonies of the Swan River, King George Sound, Van Diemens Land, New South Wales and Norfolk Island. In 1994 Dymphna Clarks edited translation of his 2000 page New Holland Journal was published. Starting in Hobart, in February 2014, I began to re-enact Hügels walks. With Clarks maps to guide me, my walks are imprecise and exploratory. Hampered by the changes in the landscape over the past 180 years, I take a route shaped by fences, roads and private land. Carrying Hügels journal in my head, heart or hand, my imagination oscillates among what I see before me, how this place might have been and what could lie ahead.Early botanists collected voraciously, fulfilling and fuelling their own thirst for knowledge while stocking their patrons display cases; today our understanding of collecting and moving flora and fauna around the world is shaped by things such as conservation and endangered or feral species. Walking, in the footsteps of Hügel, provides a temporal space in which to contemplate and collect. I make accessories for walking and collecting out of fabric dyed with weeds and indigenous plants, augmented with rubbish picked up along the way. The textiles echo my footfall and perhaps reveal traces of the extended history of this passage. This project has been supported by RMIT iAIR, AIR Krems and the Lower Austrian Government, UTAS (School of Art), BRAG Hill End Residency and the ANU (School of Art). Rubbish (rope, ribbon, vinyl), cotton dyed with plants
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
    PublisherLinden New Art
    Size29 x 23.5cm
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventArt+Climate=Change: Tomorrow Never Dies - Linden New Art, Melbourne, Australia
    Duration: 7 May 2015 → …


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