Access Lab & Library

Access Lab & Library (ALL) approaches access as a temporary, collectively-held space, as an experimental field, and as a platform for generosity.

We are Fayen d’Evie, Lloyd Mst and Jon Tjhia. Our lab offers iterative prototyping of inter/sensory access innovations through performance, exhibition and publication collaborations. Our partners are artists, collectives and commissioning organisations.
Our library will share case studies and guides to artist-led access strategies — and, we hope, grow to offer a lending system for access equipment, starting with Naarm/Melbourne and regional Victoria.

We’re in pursuit of access beyond baseline compliance; access that aligns with individual and collective ethics and distinctive creative practices.

… more to come, soon …

We work from the unceded sovereign lands, waters and skies of Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Jaara Country, in the south-east corner of so-called Australia.

2. LIKE BREATH ON A MIRROR


20 August 2023

The Seven Sisters, or Pleiades, or Matariki constellation is one of the closest to Earth, around 444 light years away. The constellation figures in many stories and star dreamings, stories of love and pursuit and escape and secrets of fire. In ancient Greek, Pleiades meant to sail: a celestial compass for navigation across the oceans. In Maori mythology, Pleiades was created by Tāwhirimātea, God of the winds and the rains and the fog, who was so angered by his brothers conspiring to separate their parents Ranginui and Papatūānuku, that he tore his eyes out and cast them into the heavens. His eyeballs became the stars of Matariki: “Ngā Mata o te Ariki Tāwhirimātea”, the Eyes of the God Tāwhirimātea. By this legend, the fury of nature is blind, and powerful. 

In 1859, German astronomer Ernst Temple described the misty appearance around the brightest stars of Pleaides as “a faint stain, like breath on a mirror”. 

Go outside at night, and look towards the sky. Do you see constellations light years away? Do you see clouds and haze? What lies beyond your vision? 

Now pay attention to your breath. Is it visible in the night air? 

Let yourself sink into what you see, and also what you don’t see, but feel.

Speak aloud words and phrases that come to mind. Be generous with yourself, allow emotions and stories and silliness. Allow softness and tenderness. 

Now look somewhere close by, and rest your eyes on a surface that is in shadow. What is hazy? What textures lie beyond your vision? 

Close by creating a voice recording on your phone, playing with distance and closeness. First, speak aloud some of the words and phrases that came to mind as you turned your sight towards the stars; then end with a few sentences that describe the intimate shadowy scene close by. 


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