ON OUR WEBSITE:In the aftermath of the 2009 Black Saturday fires, Strathewen resident, Dominic Bourke reflects on the process of rebuilding a life, community and home through the resurrection of his studio, destroyed in the blazes along with many other homes. Bourke – a teacher, poet, builder and musician – built the retreat using reclaimed materials, including timber milled from the burnt forest and wood salvaged from the demolition of the Barwon Heads bridge. All photos by James Geer.
Lauren Berkowitz is an Australian installation artist who is known for exploring the complex modern condition through ephemeral works, reflecting concerns with the passage of time, humanism and the environment. Berkowitz uses only degenerative or regenerative materials in her artwork, often combining local, native plants and European, introduced plants to draw on particular environments, such as Sydney in her 2010 show, Sustenance: “I’ve always been drawn to specific sites and have often been commissioned to create works at a particular museum or environment, so…my starting point is often to go to a space, observe the landscape around it and kind of work with those materials. In a way it’s good discipline too, because you’re limited to a certain palette of materials - but it also just makes sense to use what’s readily available in your environment”.
The “Seelenkiste" cabin concept by Bauhaus-University Professor Michael Loudon.
‘Seelenkiste’ means ‘soul box’ in German. The project was designed to create a view on the environment, while allowing residents to search within themselves. It is also transportable, and allows repeated assembly and disassembly: “Soul Box is a small research station, a minimum space for a maximum of two persons, which is limited to the bare minimum. A place to sleep, a niche to sit, a good book, a hot cup of tea. Much more is needed for an ideal environment for the desired withdrawal and to offer self-reflection. Through a strong relationship of the reduced space allowances on the human scale, the user is also faced strong with his own bodily experience.”
ON OUR WEBSITE Sydney DJ, Lizard Promise (of Pelvis and Retiree) commemorates a recent onigiri-fuelled trip to the land of the rising sun, layering samples from rare Haruomi Hosono exotica records he discovered there with personal field recordings from the hills of Kyoto. The resulting sonic collage is a lush, tropical portal to usher you from the rain to the beach. The accompanying cover artwork is a collage of Hosono record sleeves created by Lizard Promise in collaboration with Matt Crowley (also of Pelvis and Retiree). Photo of Lizard Promise (left) and Pelvis co-initiator Felix (right) at Melvis by Maclay Heriot, official Pelvis lensman. Collage by Lizard Promise DJ and Matt Crowley for Assemble Papers.
ON OUR WEBSITE Since March 2012, the awe-inspiring and talented Sarah K has been inviting international designers to create unique, dimension-specific works to be exhibited in her micro gallery, Gallery Oh, in Sydney. Designers such as Marti Guixé, Bertjan Pot, and Natalie Du Pasquier are but some of whose work has graced the clear perspex box that occupies a corner of Megan Morton’s Studio and School in Rosebery.To coincide with the Gallery Oh retrospective exhibition taking place at Mr Kitly this month (which also marks the opening of Annexe Oh, a new satellite incarnation in Melbourne), Sarah K reflects upon her years of Oh and how she came to discover each designer she commissioned to exhibit within the space. Images courtesy of Sarah K.
ON OUR WEBSITEMelbourne DJ duo OP(T)I(M)UM-TRANS have taken a step out of the club and into the lounge, piecing together a soothing new mix to ease us from our dancing shoes into our slippers.
ON OUR WEBSITE Melbourne has long been charmed by the authentic Spanish and Portuguese cuisine at Casa Iberica on Johnson street. The family business established by Jose and Alice de Sousa back in 1973 is now lovingly run by their godson Paulo. They make all their own smallgoods, including the chorizos that hang from hooks above the deli of marinated eggplant, sweet peppers and rows of imported cheese. Find it on our ‘Back to the Future’ CrowdSpot map (along with many other much-loved Melbourne institutions that have stood the test of time).
ON OUR WEBSITE: Before you launch headlong into any home repairs, we suggest you seek advice from the Charalambous family, whose hardware shop in Brunswick has been helping builders, handymen, and DIY novices since 1962. From humble beginnings, Charalambous Hardware has established itself as a much-loved gem in the Sydney Road sprawl. You can find it, along with other independent local establishments in our interactive ‘Back to the Future’ map, a collaboration between Assemble Papers and community engagement tool, CrowdSpot. Jump on the trail and contribute your own local heroes to our growing map.
ON OUR WEBSITE: Melbourne-based synth-pop duo Client Liaison preach a simple philosophy: think nothing. Feel everything. Pleasure is good. Fantasy is Truth. In our latest EARS instalment, the visionary musicians have created a mix to get you through those long days and cold nights. So pour yourself a drink, put it on the company card and be transported by an epic mix of uplifting grooves and timeless tunes.
ON OUR WEBSITE:Sydney-based photographer Natalie Nikitovic shares with us her dreamy photographic series taken over one baking hot summer. Her intimate imagery features close friends and family, beachside and poolside, seeking shelter from the sun under their flannel hoods and makeshift skirt covers.