10 – 25th November
“Everyone knows the bit in Collodi’s novel where Pinocchio, having travelled through the night on the back of a talking donkey, arrives happily in ‘Playland’. In his description of this infantile utopian republic, Collodi has left us the image of a universe where there is nothing but play…. The immediate result of this invasion of life by play is a change and acceleration of time.”
Giorgio Agamben Infancy and History
Hours, days and weeks pass like lightening. Yet making art in close proximity to an infant becomes a way of slowing time, of holding onto “the gestural, mimetic, ludic and other semiotic systems” of play. Plaster casting thus becomes a stilling of playtime.
Elizabeth Presa is the head of the interdisciplinary Centre for Ideas, Faculty of the VCA&MCM, the University of Melbourne. Her sculpture and installation practice focus on philosophy, material and process.