Phil Babot, Lee Hassall, Eddie Ladd, Tony Schwensen, André Stitt
Located in a domestic terraced house in Cardiff, TRACE has presented live works and resulting 'trace' installations by a wide range of major international practitioners for almost a decade. According to TRACE: 'the seemingly left-over or discarded matter from performance activity is offered up for contemplation and reflection in relation to contemporary artists' exploration and research. In bringing together these discrete elements one becomes aware of a certain unity of practice; a living archive centred on process, events and experiences 'traces that embody that fragile quality where the object itself is imbued with the performance that created it.' With this in mind, the collective also creates regular exhibitions of its archive-based documentations, residues and partial objects created through the process of performance art.
For TRACE: Displaced at Artspace, the TRACE Collective built a suspended floor structure - a scaled replication of the floor area of TRACE in Cardiff. During each day of the initial, public live aspect of the project, the artists engaged in an ongoing dialogue with the installation, navigating its physicality and making interventions upon its structure. Collective activity included the dismantling of a number of classic Australian-built Torana cars combined with accumulative documentary videos of live work created in and around Sydney during the TRACE residency at Artspace. References to locations and conditions in and around Old South Wales are displaced and relocated to New South Wales, with the intent of creating multi-layered investigations which reference departure and arrival though post-colonial-scouring-cluster-fuck.
Supported by the British Council and Wales Arts International. Tony Schwensen and Andre Stitt are also collaborating on a live work for Campbelltown Art Centre. For more information visit www.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au