Mexican Residency – 2018

The Space Between Us

A kinetic sculpture (mobile) by Victoria Mason, suspended at ‘The Cube’ at Convivio, opening on February 22nd, 2018.

In conjunction with the Trueque Festival 2018 – a cultural exchange between Australia & Mexico.
“¡Trueque! is a project created by an international multidisciplinary team of people, passionate about the culture surrounding coffee; committed to the premise that the exchange of skills, experiences and intercultural awareness has incalculable benefits.”
(‘Trueque’ is a word used often in Mexico & means exchange or barter)

The Space Between Us is an artwork that features embossed copper poem-stories of connections between people. Stories were collected through interviews held in Melbourne and Oaxaca and then pared down into  two or three short narrative lines. The poems resemble cryptic crossword clues in which the whole story is condensed.

There are 12 anecdotes of connection; where a leap of faith, a sparked interest or a fortuitous meeting was the catalyst for friendship. Even when a connection is made, there needs to be a decision made by the individuals to invite the other person into their lives – crossing the space that exists between us.

The short narrative poems are hand-embossed onto thin copper sheet which is then painted & scratched back, revealing the stories. The copper disks are then suspended in a mobile, reminiscent of Alexander Calder’s kinetic sculptures of the 1930s which derive their motion from touch or the air currents in the room. The movement of the stories relate to the often transitory nature of meeting people which occasionally lands in friendship.

Below are the titles of each story, please click through to read a transcription of the poems with more detailed description of each connection.

Lords of Terror  – Ewan & Johnny
Reunited – Rachel
Too Fat For Tahiti – Liz & Emma
Union Rd – Rita & Naida
Toronto Train – Nat & Krissy
Flatmate Finder – Malenka & Kate
Cositas – Victoria & Josefina
Lausanne to Paris – Izzy
Nowruz – Anne-Laure 
Paseo a Ciegas – Maggie
Zelfredzaarheid – Erika & Saskia
Rock and Hard Places – Jo & Jenny