A Week on the Cooks River

A week on the Cooks River, is a study of the Cooks River and artworks that move through landscapes.

From the 13th - 19th of November 2017, Clare followed the 23 kilometre trajectory of the Cooks River from it’s the patchy beginnings in Yagoona through Botany Bay to the Pacific Ocean. Walking until the river is deep and wide enough to row, the photographs, video, drawings and writing from this time and her entire PhD candiature will form a visual and written map of the river. 

Clare is completing this project at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney under the supervision of Julie Rrap, Mikala Dwyer and Ann Elias.

 Botany Bay. Photo Matt Prest

Botany Bay. Photo Matt Prest

“Have you learned that secret from the river that there is no such thing as time? … The river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere, and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past, nor the shadow of the future”

 Hermann Hesse and Hilda Rosner, Siddhartha(London: Pan Books, 1973). 85-86

MONDAY

Walking - Graf Park Yagoona, Rookwood Cemetry, The Hume Highway and Strathfield Golf Course to Earlwood

 

TUESDAY

Canterbury Ice Rink to Tempe Basin

WEDNESDAY

Muddy Creek and Kymeegah Market Gardens

THURSDAY

Wolli Creek

 

FRIDAY

Wolli Creek, Tempe Basin, Marrickville

Visits from friends: Alexandra Crosby from Mapping Edges, Therese Keogh, Biljana Novakovic and Katy and Mike Britton (the 17th of November is my mum's birthday).

Alexandra Crosby recorded an interview while we were in the boat together and it's published here on the Mapping Edges website: http://www.mappingedges.org/cooks-river-clare-sally/

 

SATURDAY

Marrickville Library's Cooks River History Tour; from Dulwich Hill Station to Undercliffe and Alexandra Canal

 Cooks River/Botany Bay maps from the RTA website  SIX maps

Cooks River/Botany Bay maps from the RTA website SIX maps

 

SUNDAY

Botany Bay

 

PUBLIC OUTCOMES

2018 C. Britton; T. Keogh and K. Patterson Two Rivers and a Well. Presentation at Post Graduate Degree Show at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.

2017 C. Britton; T. Keogh and K. Patterson Two Rivers and a Well. Art and its Directions, University of Western Australia: Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, . (co-convener and panelist)

2017 5 kilometres of Water- short presentation and research images shown at Hacking the Anthropocene II.

More information: https://hackingtheanthropocene.wordpress.com/

2016 5 kilometres of Water presented as a part of New Contemporaries at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. 

2015 Cooks River 1 presented at December Post Graduate Degree Show at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.

 

Boat renovations at Sydney College of the Arts October 2017

Edit of underwater images in Botany Bay and the Cooks River

Research photographs taken under water in Cooks River 2014- 17.