Last updated: 15 Apr. 2020

Hello all, A metamorphosis. A love no less. Open Research Exchange is underway...

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ORE are currently Artists in Residence with The Unconformity in Queenstown, Tasmania — ORE are currently Artists in Residence with The Unconformity in Queenstown, Tasmania —

Open Research Exchange is a prospecting syndicate based in Tasmania. Founded in 2019, it began as a proposition, an alter-economy of investment exchange based on relational proximity and material force. A raw, social practice. A productive gesture. An articulation of precarity. ORE calls for a rethinking of familiar approaches of creative production by engaging in peer-to-peer relationships, embedding its activities in contemporary ecological and social realities and by challenging capitalist, neoliberal value systems. With a focus on extractivist politics and languages of materiality, society and commons, ORE seeks to invite collaborators and participants to engage with radical enquiry during uncertain times, through acts of thinking, listening, sharing, making and doing.

Justy Phillips is an artist, writer and publisher. Co-founder of the collaborative duo, A Published Event, Phillips lives in relation-with the world through a process of research-creation she refers to as fictioneering– the speculative eventing of living experience. Activating fictio, the Latin root of fiction – meaning 'to make-with' rather than 'to make up' – Phillips uses fictioneering to compose-with language at the interstices of body, duration and event. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, London, Phillips moved to Australia in 2004, developing her art practice through text-based eventing and limited-edition publishing.

Margaret Woodward is an artist, writer and publisher and co-founder of A Published Event. Her work explores relationships to place through remote sensing, tourism telemetry and affictive geographies. Margaret is Adjunct Associate Professor of Design and is a co-founder and leader of the Creative Regions Lab at Charles Sturt University, NSW. In 2012, Margaret was awarded the inaugural Research fellow in Creative Industries at Charles Sturt University and her ongoing research in Agritivity interpretation design and Living Labs is redefining creative industries in regional Australia. Margaret's interdisciplinary art practice spans fields of design, archaeology, geography, tourism and agriculture. Margaret is a member for the Institute for Land, Water & Society at Charles Sturt University.

Lucy Bleach is an artist who’s practice focuses on human's varied relationships to tenuous, contingent and at times volatile environments, seeking engagement with communities that authentically experience such relationships, exploring links between the geologic and the intimate, and investigating the potential of vibrational ground. She has produced solo commissioned and collaborative work within national and international contexts and received national funding, awards and international residencies.

James Newitt is an artist and filmmaker who lives and works in Hobart, Tasmania and Lisbon, Portugal. His work engages with specific social and cultural relations through personal, observational and performative approaches, often embracing mutability and paradox. Recent work utilises speculative forms of storytelling as an extension to the documentary tendencies he continues to explore. James has exhibited his work in exhibitions in museums, galleries and public spaces throughout Australia and Europe. In 2012 he was awarded the Samstag Scholarship to participate in the Maumaus Independent Study Program in Lisbon.


Library of Holes Appendix 1.0
  1. Coyote holes, illustrated in figure 9–8, are used for heavy undermining blasts. They may be used alone to topple a cliff, or to break out heavy toe burdens in conjunction with well drill holes loaded from the top. (Nichols, H. L. 1976. Moving The Earth: The Workbook of Excavation. North Castle Books. Greenwich, CT. p9–9, )
  2. To enter the life of a hole, one must first engage with the events of its making. Its activity. Its history. ( Phillips, J. 2017. Crocoite (II) for Lost Rocks (2017–21). A Published Event. Hobart. p7)
  3. ’Now, Axel,’ said the professor, cheerful and excited, ‘we’re really going down into the bowels of the earth. This is the precise moment our journey begins!’ (Verne, J. 2011 (1864). Journey To The Centre of The Earth. Vintage. London. p76)
  4. Down, down, down. Would the fall never come to an end! ‘I wonder how many miles I’ve fallen by this time?’ She said aloud. ‘I must be getting somewhere near the centre of the earth’. (Carroll, L. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. 1975. Phaidon. London.
Iron Blow and Lynda Valley, West Coast, Tasmania
Iron Blow and Lynda Valley, West Coast, Tasmania.