No More Public Space, Only Public Order at Salamanca Arts Centre and MONA FOMA

watercannon crestAmy and I are currently in Hobart about to present No More Public Space, Only Public Order (Water Cannon) at Salamanca Arts Centre. The work celebrates the triumph of public order over public space with an absurd, mobile sculpture of a water cannon made out of materials, such as safety cones, used to control the movement of people in urban spaces.

The work opens in Kelly’s Garden at Salamanca Arts Centre on Tuesday 12 January 2016 at 5.30pm. We are excited to have an accompanying creative text by UK philosopher, journalist and activist, Nina Power (which we will post on our blog shortly).

The cannon will be then presented to the public in an exuberant parade around Salamanca Place on Sunday 17 January. Choreographed performers will demonstrate the water cannon’s capabilities in a grand celebration featuring bagpipes, dog handlers and choreographed security personnel. The cannon will then be exhibited at Kelly’s Garden, behind the Salamanca Arts Centre, for a month.

At a time when harsh new anti-protest laws are being proposed in jurisdictions throughout Australia, the artists hope to prompt reflection about the regulation and control of the public sphere.

5:30pm, 12 January 2016
Kelly’s Garden, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart

11am-12pm, 17 January 2016
Salamanca Lawns, Hobart

17 January-24 February 2016
Kelly’s Garden, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart

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