Hoist brings the Australian suburban icon, the Hills Hoist, to Melbourne’s Federation Square.
In collaboration with graffiti artists, writers, visual artists and members of the public, HOIST poses new ways of engaging with the suburbs through frames of landscape, popular culture and memory, representations of which are literally created in the one space through the prism provided by the iconic clothesline, the Hills Hoist.
By bringing the narratives of suburbia into the city, the project aspires to ‘re-entangle’ the division between suburbs and city, inquiring as to what if anything separates them.
The last artistic invitation to the visitor is to register a story, memory or performative meditation on the meanings the installation has elicited for them. These are recorded by speaking into a clothes dryer specially installed to accept and ‘dry’ the newly washed remembrances.
Olivia Illic Crang
Jason Read of Optical Audio Productions
Chris More – Studio Organic
Pete Brundle – Nice Device
Federation Square’s Occupy program and presented in association with Melbourne Writers Festival; Sponsored by Optical Audio Productions; Supported by Rob Irwin and Murray Dempsey (Element Rigging), Steve Grimwald and Staff (Melbourne Writers Festival).
Many thanks to the general public for sharing their stories.