June 2018 - Artist Residency at Popps Packaging - Detroit USA
I was born in Detroit and lived there until I was aged 8. In 1970 my family migrated to Australia and in 2018 I'll be returning for a month's residency. Despite decades of separation, I've maintained an on-going relationship with Detroit. It remains on one level, 'home'. It's the place where my earliest memories are located. It is where my accent comes from. Of course I'm aware that this place no longer exists. Detroit isn't the same, indeed the world isn't the same, as it was half a century ago. I have a 'relationship' with a Detroit that is only found in my mind.
But I wonder, does that make it less real?
In the residency, I have a couple objectives - I'd like to research a play for children concerning the nature of 'home'. What do we mean by 'home'. What is the difference between these statements - 'This is where I live' and 'This is my home?'
Secondly, I'd like to write a play for adults, based on personal experience, about the parallels that can occur between macrocosm and the microcosm. How the decay of the city of Detroit, as viewed it from afar seemed to match the difficulties my family experienced viewed very close.
I don't know how this will all end. Exciting!