The Albury Wodonga Superfiction 1993
Collaboration Peter Hill and J.J. Voss (Photographer)
- Gary Carsley’s work creates a Superfiction from a range of cultural and technical tropes including post-colonial history, industrial production methods, and the idea of the draguerrotype. In 2009 Peter Hill asked him about his recent project for the Singapore Biennale, curated by Fumio Nanjo, and his subversion of IKEA flatpacks into works of art.
“I had been looking for a way to critically re-engage with the conceptually playful positions of the early 1960’s. It was a radical moment, full of radicalizing potential and I.K.E.A.’s flat pack is similarly idealistic, particularly in the way in which it co-opts the spectator in a form of expanded, collaborative authorship similar to the way FLUXUS artists like Yoko Ono were then doing. The Singapore Biennale commission allowed me to work towards a more optimistic engagement with globalization’s identifying markers. Literally jamming with I.K.E.A.’s flat pack seemed to turn into a positive some of the key emblems of globalization. I think how artists remix, or aggregate material from different discourses - popular culture, the histories of art, furniture and design for example will provide tactical solutions for maintaining creative individuality.”