DETACHED Hobart, is proud to host Brook Andrew as the new artist in residence for 2009.

Brook Andrew has gained wide critical and public acclaim for exhibitions such as Sexy & Dangerous (1996), buunji nginduugirr AMERICA(1998),Hope & Peace(2005),Gun Metal Grey (2007), The Island and Theme Park(2009).

Over the next 8 months Brook Andrew will be developing an interactive work in progress entitled 8 Months Of War:A Public Archive and Jumping Castle that continues his investigations of cultural, economic and environmental tensions.

8 Months Of War:A Public Archive at DETACHED, a heritage listed building in the centre of Hobart, is an interactive work in progress where the public are invited to collaborate with the artist by either dropping into the space with news clippings, letters, personal stories and reflections or by sending email and faxes to build up an archive of connections exploring the nature of conflict in the world.

Displayed in vitrines or press boards, red string joins particular related materials together creating a sculptural map of diverse opinions on such topics as invasion, extinction, rites of passage, personal histories and violence. For example, History Wars in Australia and abroad, front line reports from USA, Iraq and Afghanistan about the war on terror, Sri Lanka and the Tamil people, Guantanamo Bay, tabloid race politics, out-dated historical cultural perceptions, species extinction and environmental war.

At the end of each month, a new section of the 8 Months Of War:A Public Archive is begun and the previous month’s accumulation/interactions stored. Andrew will then develop a series of lithographs derived from the contents of the archive. Using the formal devices and effects of collage, the reading, writing, reception and experiences of histories are at the heart of this work.

While the archive is used to create taxonomies, there will always be information and people that are marginalised in the creation of the dominant narrative. Jumping Castle is an ironic reference to the role of the museum in the creation of knowledge systems. Also a work in progress, Jumping Castle is a life-size children's jumping castle that commemorates/celebrates Australian Aboriginal and other peoples who were taken from their homelands as part of the international anthropological body trade as freaks and curiosities for circus and museum collections.

Visit 8 months of war interactive website (no longer active)

The residency will culminate in exhibitions by Brook Andrew at DETACHED Hobart and The University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane.

Brook Andrew will also be exhibiting at Tollarno Galleries Melbourne in 2009.

Public Program in conjunction with Brook Andrew's 8 Months Of War.

10 October- Lucy Bleach. Lecturer in Sculpture,
17 October- John Vella. Lecturer in Sculpture,
24 October- Jane Stewart. Head of Art, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
31 October- Lucia Usmiani
7 November- Colin Langridge
14 November- Jane Deeth. Curator, art historian, arts educator Launceston
21 November- Julie Gough
28 November- Brigita Ozolins
5 December- Gala Closing Ceremony

Every Saturday at 2pm the Detached space at 7 Campbell Street, Hobart, will be hosting a lively public forum. Each of these events will feature a guest speaker directing a conversation, giving a unique perspective to the work exhibited that correlates to the artists approach in creating the public archive. Orchestrating and interviewing in each forum will be Craig Judd. Mr Judd, previously the Senior Curator of Art at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, has had extensive involvement with the development of the exhibition, working closely with the artist, Brook Andrew. Brook will also be present at a large number of these exciting dissections of the underlying themes evolving under public direction.