The inspiration for my work in Melbourne for Radiant Pavilion came from a Chinese proverb:
An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break.
I was using the proverb to think about the people I connect with as part of an interactive performance project. Of particular interest is the wonderful road worker/builder shown in the image above, we’re using a chalk line apparatus to ‘draw’ the connection in red chalk in Crossley Street. Until my conversation with him on the third day at Radiant Pavilion I didn’t have a title for my work. In talking with him about what was involved – was it destiny or chance that I was talking with him – he uttered the magic words “You know what? We were destined to meet by chance” Life has an interesting way of working.
Now I’m starting to think about it in terms of my Te Uru work. Is destiny at work in determining what work will go into the show? I’ve had 5 variations of one project and the video all run into issues, most mean that the concept has had to be abandoned. I wonder if the generosity of the cosmos in giving me the gift of meeting the builder is now exhausted. Creative life certainly has its ups and downs.