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About this project:
The Restless Quarter is an open-ended document of mobility and change, an expanding propositional archive of the city broken down and reconstituted so that that it can shift according to climate change events (meteorological and geopolitical). Assisted by strategically located participants, The Restless Quarter collects – and borrows from – existing mobile structures and itinerant services found on the streets of San Francisco, Sydney and elsewhere. It asks those in the business of (de)futuring our cities to confront what design theorist Tony Fry has called the impending “age of unsettlement” and begin welcoming ways of living that are dynamic, responsive and opportunistic. What kinds of infrastructures, social networks and support services might The Restless Quarter require or self-generate, and which bus do I catch to get there?
The Sydney-based collaborative Makeshift, Tessa Zettel & Karl Khoe, create projects spanning sculpture and installation, drawing, printmaking, writing, performance and design. Their works are characterized by mobility and making-do, often appearing as temporary, site-responsive interventions that activate public spaces and provoke new ways of interacting with urban and ‘natural’ environments. Both teach at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales and the University of Technology Sydney, write and curate exhibitions.
In all their guises they are concerned with enabling sustainable futures through redirective practice and unpacking the various ways landscapes are contested and reshaped. Recipients in 2009/10 of a Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship and a JUMP mentorship with Fiona Hall, their latest undertakings include a mobile food cart/native beehive for In the Balance: Art for a Changing World at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art, an indoor market garden at 4A Centre for Contemporary Art (Make-do Garden City) and an experimental food preserving kitchen at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (Making Time).