Fractal spirals in a domestic universe

Fractal Spirals in a domestic universe is an ephemeral sculptural installation piece consisting of the arrangement of hundreds of Western domestic household items/ and their cleaning counterparts, directly on to a large open dirt surface in two interconnected spiral patterns.

Colonial settlers to central Australia have imported an enormous infrastructure of stuff to maintain a certain domestic lifestyle in a desert environment wherein once life had a simplicity without waste and lived close to the earth and nature. By placing these European domestic items directly on the earth I’m highlighting the cultural contrasts between settler-colonial and traditional First Nations people’s way of living in this environment. This work seeks to emphasis the interconnectedness of two seemingly disparate worlds by arranging the man-made items in golden spiral patterns from nature. The marvellous spiral occurs everywhere in nature from seashells and snowflakes and flowers to hurricane weather patterns and spiral star clusters to name a few.

In our domestic lives, these never-ending patterns can be found; simple patterns and processes repeated and expanded scaling up to the sophisticated system found in contemporary society. There are complex patterns of order in a seemingly chaotic world. Fractal Spirals in a domestic Universe installation connects our ecosystems and our social and cultural systems through patterns of nature.

Program: WTS 25 Years and Still Alive

Concept, installation artist and maker: Franca Barraclough

Music and collaborators TBC

When: Fri 7th sept 6 pm start with live music and performance

Installation Viewing:  Sat 8th and Sun 9th all day – 9pm

Friday 7 September 2018