Postering action over 10 consecutive nights, Melbourne, November 2005. Action for 2pm Sunday 6 July 1835 was an action undertaken in Melbourne in November of 2005. 1,000 pairs of posters were pasted around the city on a nightly basis for ten nights.
The posters show William Buckley, the escaped convict from Macclesfield who lived with the Wathaurung people around Geelong for three decades. The work centers on the events of 6 July 1835, when Buckley rejoined European settlers, arriving with several Wathaurung men at a camp site at Indented Head established by John Batman and his commercial venture The Port Phillip Association. The work was conceived as a meditation on this meeting, a moment of peculiar political significance which was also a popular subject for 19th century image-making. The action was undertaken in a nocturnal space, a space connected to the work’s function as a kind of memorial.
The project was part of the first Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture (and an installation a Federation Square formed part of the exhibition for the Prize).
Traces of the action, including a 30-second video work, were subsequently exhibited in the exhibition, Ghosts of self and state, curated by Geraldine Barlow, 5 April – 10 June, at the Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne.
Credits for the project
Photography for this project was by Christian Capurro.
Tom Nicholson would like to acknowledge the support Christian Capurro, postering assistants Clare Land, Dan Nicholson, Laylah Ali, Justin Baré, Bianca Hester, Scott Mitchell, Katherine Huang, Michael Williams, as well as the State Library of Victoria, the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture and Mike Conole.