THE 2016 GEORGES MORA FELLOWSHIP
HAS BEEN AWARDED TO JAMES GEURTS
Based in Melbourne and the Netherlands, James Geurts conceives work that follows his interest in conceptual lines of perception and markers of place, such as meridians, tidal zones, horizons and orbitals. Through his work, he aims to amplify and reframe phenomena that are either too vast, localised, transient or largely invisible. Across his projects he undertakes site-specific research, seeking to activate the threshold between the immersive and the investigative, and unpack the interplay of ideas, materials and places.
James’ Georges Mora Fellowship project, Floodplain, will create a conceptual line along Melbourne’s Yarra River, or Birrarung as it is known to the Wurundjeri people, through a series of installations at key cultural sites which will draw out the river’s ecological currents and cultural significance. In addition to the installations, a coinciding publication will be produced, containing a critical essay about the project and a map outlining each of the sites. James will use his residency at State Library Victoria to undertake extensive research about Birrarung, uncovering the histories, hydrodynamics, ecology and phenomena, which have and continue to influence our relationship with the river.