Justy Phillips and Margaret Woodward

In Fall, now a river. Now a leech. Now a hook on a line on a rod on the arms of a man who walks with the night in a sweat-stained cornflower collar. Black lipped. Tight lipped. Union is strength, artists, Justy Phillips and Margaret Woodward invite a site-specific publishing of their ambitious hydrographic score, Fall of the Derwent (2016).

Download Fall of the Derwent, a hydrographic score, by scanning the site-specific QR Code at GASP (Wilkinson’s Point) or by visiting the project website: www.fallofthederwent.net

Photograph: Stuart Gibson
Photograph: Stuart Gibson

Fall of the Derwent (2015–17), is an experiment in hydrographic publishing, commissioned and presented by GASP (Glenorchy Art & Sculpture Park) Tasmania, as part of Swimmable: Reading the River.

This five-part fictiōnella also includes: Black Market Symposium (2017), Fall of the Derwent (2016), A river settles its own cairns underwater (2016) and Walking the River(s) Derwent (2015–16).

As part of the Swimmable! Reading the river program, Justy Phillips and Margaret Woodward composed a participatory score. Approaching the Derwent River at Elwick Bay as a living organism of flows, metabolisms and exchange, this project invites GASP’s visitors to experience the river beyond its boundaries at Elwick Bay by drawing into experience its imperceptible unrecordings – physical, poetic, real and imagined. During the course of this project, the artists made available their ongoing research throughout the year through social media updates and public events. Think small gestures. Tributaries, catchment and flow.

Photograph: Stuart Gibson
Photograph: Stuart Gibson
Photograph: Stuart Gibson
Photograph: Stuart Gibson

Through a year-long process of research-creation that included in-depth archival research, writing, making, recording and publishing, the artists entered into relation-with the river as living event. In the northern summer of 2015, the artists experienced the fictive cartographies of the Derwent River(s) by twining and twinning the River Derwent in Cumbria, England, encountering more than one namesake. The force of which they can’t leave behind.

Margaret Woodward looking towards Seathwaite in Borrowdale, Derwent Valley, England, 2015.

Justy Phillips is an artist, writer and publisher. From the jaws of a captive polar bear in a Mexican zoo to the slow moving ice floes of central Iceland, Phillips lives in relation-with the world through a process of research-creation she refers to as fictiōneering – the speculative eventing of living experience. Activating fictiō, the Latin root of fiction – meaning ‘to make-with’ rather than ‘to make up’ – Phillips uses fictiōneering to compose-with language at the interstices of body, duration and event. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, London, Phillips moved to Australia in 2004, developing her art practice through text-based eventing and limited-edition publishing. In 2015, she was awarded her PhD, Scoreography: Compose-with a hole in the heart! from RMIT University, Melbourne. Phillips, in collaboration with Dr Margaret Woodward is currently developing fictiō, a text, digital and aural telling event.

Margaret Woodward is a co-founder and leader of the Creative Regions Lab at Charles Sturt University and an international researcher in regional creative industries. Margaret’s creative practice investigates the interplay between tourism, design and cultural geography and how designed artefacts frame understandings of landscape and national identity. Margaret has recently undertaken an international residency in Reykjavik, Iceland in which she investigated comparisons between Tasmania and Iceland through ‘fictive cartography’. Her ongoing investigations through souvenirs and cartography includes; Tourism Telemetry (2010 –), Remote Sensing: Sensing The Remote (2012) and The Sea is All Around Us, Melbourne (2015).

This project has been assisted by
the Australian Government through the
Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
This project was assisted through
Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.




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