FavourEconomy is a collection of audio recordings shared by women, for the benefit of other women working in the arts.
FavourEconomy is being exhibited at George Paton Gallery in the lead up to the project’s participation in ‘Doing Feminism / Sharing the World’.
FavourEconomy: Stations will present recordings shared by over 80 women through multiple headsets placed on chairs in the gallery. Each chair has been selected by a contributor as a symbolic representation of themselves or their art practice, or simply a seat they would like the audience to sit on to listen to the recordings. A series of public programs will accompany the exhibition that will present the practices of a number of contributors in more depth and facilitate discussion on pertinent issues raised in the project. We are seeking funding to cover basic exhibition costs, which includes gallery hire, MP3 players + headphones, AV equipment, chair freight & online catalogue development.
For so many women the path to ‘success’ in the arts is hazardous. Subsequently the female voice often vanishes from public discourse before being heard. ‘Stations’ is significant because it investigates and presents the lived experiences of a diverse range of female and female identifying practitioners working in the arts today- creating value of a different kind.
Chairs exhibited by: Carolyn Cardinet, Charmaine Cole, Stella Chen, Elizabeth Barsham, Amanda Davies, Linda Dement, Julie Dowling, Claire Field, Janice Gobey, Katya Grokhovsky, Alana Hunt, Wina Jie, Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger, Sue Manchoulas, Nancy Mauro-Flude, Mish Meijers, Dahne Julian Molony, Caroline Phillips, Nuha Saad, Bronwyn Treacy, Linda Wilken, Cora-Allan Wickliffe, Ana Young & Tian Zhang.
‘Stations’ is being presented at a time when we have the greatest numbers of women working in the arts, yet women still do not have commensurate representation in leadership, exhibitions, publications and collections. While there are many systemic issues to be addressed there is one area that can be addressed by this project. We aim to support a culture where women help out other women in order to strengthen the female voice and power in the arts. We posit that our efforts can benefit others and that the more we support one another the easier it will be for women to impact upon the circuit of contemporary art production and dissemination.
Audience responses will be investigated during ‘Stations’ to gain a deeper understanding of the value received by listeners. These responses will provide the basis for a new text-based projection artwork that will be developed on residency at Norma Redpath House as part of Professor Anne Marsh’s Doing Feminism/ Sharing the World.