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Wednesday April 6, arrive at 5:45 am., prepare space. Carmen and Clinton arrive already performing. Sounding, orientation and new day ritual continue for over an hour, outside, inside as the rain falls. A very special ambience is created, hard to describe, few words spoken.

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Tuesday, April 5, 8:00 Carmen is asleep (?) on the sofa after a lovely meal provided by Juana Beltrán who joins me in an extended performance, Carmen eventually wakes up and joins in. We’re perhaps winding down when Mat Robb walks in, so that sparks us up again. Finally we have finished and are just basking in the after glow when four women walk in apparently knowing each other, asking us questions. This slowly stimulates us into action yet again. A little later two of the women depart, leaving the other two younger ones (apparently they don’t know each other!). The look on their faces is magnificent, a little shocked, very intrigued by what we are doing. I invite them to sit on the couch an

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April 4, Monday, 6:00 pm. I was just thinking how the energy around me had changed, thinking about how to articulate that. I looked up and saw that Carmen had put a drawing in the window with the words repeated; “the shift of energy, the shift of energy, the shift of”.

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Carmen Chan and Ren Walters three day residency at Conduit Arts Space April 4, 5, 6. I realize that the gallery window, of course, as well as being looked into from the outside, can function perhaps even more dramatically by looking out of from the inside. Framing the passing parade of life, visually and aurally. By bringing less into the space (equipment, plans/expectations) the experience has changed from what I bring to the space to what the space brings to me. Ren Walters photo Elnaz Sheshgelani


On March 19 Clinton Green, Michael McNab and Ren Walters undertook a 12 hour performance, initiated by Clinton, in and around Conduit Art Space, partly to mark the closing and contribution of this special venue to the Melbourne performance and art scene. Leo and Marie provided us with four years of creative opportunities. Clinton, Michael and Ren thank you! View an edited video of the event here. Suspicious Terrartists ?

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I acknowledge that I live and work within, and am a temporary custodian of land that belongs to the Wotjobaluk people. I pay respect and homage to Wotjobaluk elders past and present on behalf of all GAIP participants. We also acknowledge and pay our respects to the original inhabitants of the lands we pass through during our performance collaborations and do our utmost to care for these places.