Anthropic [Concrete] Rocks VOL 2 – MERMAID BEACH

WHEN: April 5, 2022, 8:30AM – 10AM (QLD TIME)
Meet at Art Work Agency, Unit 1 – 2 53 Cronulla Avenue, Mermaid Beach 
hat, walking shoes, sunscreen, water bottle, sunglasses
2–3KM *derive* (drift) through Mermaid Beach, collection and discussion of found concrete rocks, conversation and information about Mermaid Beach.  
due to the nature of this activity, which includes walking through public spaces that are aren’t maintained to Australian accessibility standards it is likely unsuitable for wheelchair or assisted access requirements. Please advise of your access requirements in your registration confirmation. 
REGISTER via email – laurieoxenford@gmail.com.

Can’t make it? Drop your ANTHROPIC [CONCRETE] ROCKS to Art Work Agency, Unit 1–2 53 Cronulla Avenue, Mermaid Beach 9AM – 5PM, Wednesday – Friday. 

UNSPACES: Anthropic [concrete] Rocks tests a new way of navigating public space, redirecting attention to interstitial and quietly present remnants of development, maintenance and urban degradation. Through collection, interaction and intervention, the concrete [anthropic] rock is understood as a cultural artefact of the anthropocene. Shaped by the systems and behaviours performed by the public, concrete rocks transmute from waste matter to socio-cultural objects of interest.

United by a shared activity of seeking and collecting concrete [anthropic] rocks in intimate tours, the artist invites public participants to collect concrete rocks through a collaborative, durational workshop. Encouraging active engagement with typically *invisible* urban spaces and questions of value, the project becomes a shared act of resistance through public maintenance, care and exchange. Collected rocks will be used by the artist for durational interventions in public spaces before being exhibited in SWELL Sculpture Festival 2022. 

The Gold Coast / Yugambeh Language Region is in a period of intense urban growth marked by increasing demolition, construction and infrastructure development. Through these processes, materials like concrete have edged their way into public spaces beyond the work site and are appearing as an everyday urban geological phenomena in *rock* form.

This project is supported by GENERATE GC, which is a City of Gold Coast initiative delivered in partnership with Tasdance and SITUATE Art in Festivals.

Generate GC and Laurie Oxenford acknowledge the Yugambeh people, the traditional owners of the land on which we work, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present, and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples on the Gold Coast today.