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|Thuringowa Helicopter Project - Alwin Reamillio|
The Thuringowa Helicopter Project enters its second phase Trans-State-Bayanihan as it makes a flight path through communities across Australia.
Learn how to make a bamboo helicopter with Philippine-born Australian artist-in-residence Alwin Reamillo. Alwin has worked with communities around the world to create 'social sculptures' designed to invoke the traditional Filipino idea of bayanihan, which involves solidarity and cooperative effort.
For the Thuringowa Helicopter Project, the sculpture takes the form of a dramatic four-metre high helicopter made of crab shells, bamboo and locally-sourced found materials. Accompanied by a swarm of mini helicopters to be created locally during community workshops lead by Alwin, the collaborative artwork will be installed in The Substation in Newport, hovering high above the entrance to Melbourne's newest arts centre.
Touring nationally in 2010, the Melbourne version of this project has been made possible through a unique partnership between The Substation, Kultour and the Bayanihan Australia Community Network Inc. We invite you to take part in the free Public Workshops, Artist Talk and the Launch Celebration all located at The Substation.
FREE PUBLIC WORKSHOPS
SUNDAY 21 & SUNDAY 28 NOVEMBER
1 - 3PM @ THE SUBSTATION
SATURDAY 4 DECEMBER
3 – 4 PM @ THE SUBSTATION
FRIDAY 3 DECEMBER
@ THE SUBSTATION
INCLUDING: FILIPINO & POLYNESIAN PERFORMANCES
4 DECEMBER 2010 - 11 JANUARY 2011
@ THE SUBSTATION
Bayanihan challenges and transforms the negative effect of so-called 'crab mentality', a cultural habit of disparaging and pulling others down, like crabs trapped in a container. The project's interactive and collaborative process generates networks and cross-cultural links within communities and allows exchange of artistic and cultural expression between individuals, communities and diverse regions of Australia.
The Thuringowa Helicopter enables movement- lifting an individual or community, allowing movement from one place to another. Like the dragonfly, the helicopterís wing movement allows upward, linear, lateral and forward movement, enabling mobility, travel and directional change beyond obstacles.
The 4-metre hybrid helicopter made with mud crab shells, bamboo and found materials was constructed during an artist-in-residence program with Alwin Reamillo at Pinnacles Gallery, North QLD.
More than 1000 community volunteers, including artists, school students, members of the Filipino community, recent migrants, refugees, local children and families have already contributed to the project. Materials will continue to be hunted from local surrounds as people from diverse backgrounds are gathered to participate in the continued creation of a swarm of mini peace helicopters.
Ideas, experiences and found materials are combined and transformed into something new, and transferred to new locations around Australia. This act of transformation and transference propels new and positive ways of connecting and creating communities.
August - Darwin Community Arts Centre
November/December - Substation, Newport
The 2010 tour of The Thuringowa Helicpoter Project has been developed in partnership with KULCHA Multicultural Arts of WA (a Kultour Company Member).