It’s their thought that counts
Taking its title from the Whitgift Shopping Centres gift card slogan, ‘It’s their thought that counts’ is a week program designed by PACTO collective exploring the role that the shopping centre plays in communities and how it can be a space for sharing creative practice and creative thought. It is vital that we maintain, develop and create public spaces that are accessible and safe. What is the role of shopping centres in that area? How public are shopping centres? Are they spaces to linger and contemplate or are they simply facilities of consumption?
In the program at CAS, PACTO will be dissecting the shopping experience. Giulia Ratti’s Instagram-collaborative-comic will operate as a form of documentation of activities as PACTO and offer up a translation via comic shared on social media and within the space at CAS. Alessandro Moroni’s ‘music for malls’ looks at the atmosphere of retail, how does the soundscape effect the shopping experience? Kelly Lloyd will be in conversation with members of PACTO discussing the independent financial structures constructed by artists to ‘survive’ in the current financial climate. Video works by members and friends of PACTO will explore the objects themselves, the multitool, the carpet, the gameboy camera… As we consider also the online shopping experience we will be inviting in The Ped.Moreira Puppet an online digital incarnation of the artist Pedro Moreira to assist us during the week.
10am - WARREN ANDREWS, LESLIE LAWRENCE & PEDRO MOREIRA Role playing workshop
A workshop exploring how role playing game mechanics can be utilised to imagine how we navigate, use and interact with public space. Can it allow critique to occur to challenge the various power imbalances that exist in public space.
5pm - KELLY LLOYD & MERVE UNSAL
Through conversation Kelly Lloyd and Merve Unsal will draws lines between their practice and research. Opening up a dialogue how language affects the way we understand our relationship to the arts and both defines and limits our understanding of how art can relate to capital.
7pm - Transforming shopping into an experience
PACTO presents an evening of sound and video art, by members of PACTO and friends. In the age of internet shopping how does the mall keep attracting the public to come through its doors? Transforming shopping into an experience, that's how; get your haircut, dine out, go to the cinema, fix your computer, do your dry cleaning, use the frequently cleaned toilets, enjoy the weatherless, air conditioned, sanguine intentions of the malls architecture. PACTO would like to take you on a tour of mall offerings from Alessandro Moroni’s ‘music for malls’ to Demelza Watts’s conversation on carpet to Finn Thomson’s video romance with a leatherman. We will explore the ins and outs of retail therapy, the relationship between identity and consumption, the possibilities that reside in a space which is both public and private and the fetishising of the object for display, ownership, aspiration and need.
Music for malls - ALESSANDRO MORONI
Leatherman video - FINN THOMSON
Game Boy Camera films - LESLIE LAWRENCE + CHRISTOPHER MAYOR
Carpet - DEMELZA WATTS
The Ped.Moreira Puppet - PEDRO MOREIRA
Tactics chat - WARREN ANDREWS
Plus work by JENNIFER HAWTHORN, CATHERINE HAWTHORN & SAM BLAND