Dianne Peacock




RMIT University


Dianne Peacock is a Melbourne based architect and artist with an interest in spatial mystery. Her architectural practice Subplot operates alongside projects in collage, video, film, installation and zine making. In 2006 she concluded an eight year practice in the mechanised production of diazo-type photograms (or dye-line printing), having exhibited at Platform, Honeyeaters, Westspace, Seventh and DireTribe Galleries in Melbourne. Recent works include a site specific video installation for Bogong AIR festival, Bogong Village, February 2011 and the exhibition Swarm together with Katica Pedisic, at Kings ARI, Melbourne in March 2011.
Her writing is published in Architecture Australia, Architect Victoria, AR Architectural Review Australia, Natural Selection and Subaud. She published Subplot zine from 2001-2004 and in 2011 worked together with Naomi Stead on a new zine.
Dianne is a PhD candidate in Architecture and Design by project at RMIT University and recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award and RMIT

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Grave Rubbing


This presentation is in the manner of an artist's talk with the primary work discussed being SWARM: Dark Register, in Dianne Peacock and Katica Pedisic, SWARM, Kings ARI, Melbourne, March-April 2011.

Dark Register is one of a series of works exploring what I call spatial mystery. Taking time to explore a place that has drawn me in, I employ various tools and techniques in order to see the subject. I enjoy familiarity with physical structures and spaces through this work.

A 19th century grave in St Kilda Cemetery was the site and subject of this project. A colony of honey bees occupies this last physical resting place. Sixty graphite rubbings were made of its stone surfaces in the early hours of morning over a period of two months. The rubbings revealed otherwise undetected physical characteristics, indicating interventions upon and within the stone structure over time.

Dark register contends with an unseeable space; that of the grave's interior, a space only partially registered by external means; through measurement and rubbings of the physical form and materiality of the stone structure, and through video of the interlopers as they cross its threshold. The installation was structured around two full scale composite prints composed of rubbings of the surfaces of the grave's upper ledger stone and kerb.

The presentation will discuss the role of the grave's edges, textures and inscriptions in the work as it developed and in the final installation; how the orientation of the prints on the gallery wall became critical in efforts to convey spatial qualities of the grave; and the capacity of the rubbing to visually reveal physically present, yet otherwise invisible details of its subject. The presence of the bees will be discussed briefly.


Friday 30 September


1:30pm - 3.00pm







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