This performance in May 2003 was produced for Domain, a festival of temporary public art in Canberra's CBD coordinated by Arts ACT and the ANU School of Art.
The work takes a light-hearted approach to exploring the interplay of public and private behaviours. The performers: Blaide Lallemand, Steven Holland, Emma Jean, Tricia Hanson and Caroline Huf were given the simple instructions to do what they would normally do at home on a Saturday.
The cardboard furniture was handed over to them, and they decided where to locate it and what activities to engage in. Members of the public wandered in and joined the group at times, taking advantage of a place to drink their takeaway coffee, or to chat to the performers.
The group changed location several times during the day; moving from the grassy common, through a large shopping centre and ending the day in a cold concrete courtyard.
This exploration of public and private took an unexpected turn as the performers carried large pieces of cardboard furniture up escalators and through the shopping centre. We were reminded that while a shopping centre may feel like a public space, it is tightly controlled and it was only a matter of minutes before the security guards swooped in and escorted the group to the nearest exit.