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Email to Map from Steve Murray 27/3/06:»I Thought we could make a collage of images that landscape accross the middle of the pages then we’ve been building a blog/commentry/thought word piece that has snippets from all of us. sections of that i can select and we coiuld have them placed round the collage, so that there is not a narritive linnier piece but a collage of moments and thoughts like themonatge? almost like the snippets of written words act as a border for the monatge. we could maybe make a wee mock up to send in t=with the article/image. were trying to think of ways to make it more like the spirit of GAGHUT, which is something in itself we have been trying to discuss what that is.

Ross Sinclair and 'Violet Real Life', 2006
Ross Sinclair and 'Violet Real Life', 2006


Messages from Melbourne

»Sitting up on the GANGHUT, the French Canadian lassies in the nxt container are doing their perfomce-some cats from a gallery in Brisbane wrote us a note saying they wan us to pop up and mak a connection . might no go today as the opening was last night and had to much whiskey so a bit shakey like stevens

»Today I was awoken by Amy phoning to tell me that someone has been taking a’ the money out of my bank acccount ovr the past week…. without me knowing!! I am now penniless until the fraud squad catch the fuckers! They bought a few grand worth of sports equipment, Ive funded some Nigerian credit card scam fitbaw team, crivens!

»The French performance lassies next door have now stuck each others heads up each others skirts and are going in circles sniffing the crust, chicken hell, what hav we got ourselves into!

Ross Sinclair and 'Violet Real Life', 2006
Ross Sinclair and 'Violet Real Life', 2006

»Melbourne Radio Station RRR got noised up htis morni along side a really sound South African artist called Ralph from Sideshow who’s also at the container village with us. all went wel and we al got to say a bit aboot GANGHUT, Sideshow (Ralph’s project) and the Next Wave Festival too. Ralph and me tried to make coffeeat the station but every time we pressed a button or twistd a knob steam wuld shoot oot at or bellies

»nearly given away all the artworks that people gave to us from thehomeland. wen that’s done we can get back to workg on the outside of the strutcre we built, our pal ‘bigbraw’ Joe who’s been living out her with his wife Karen is going to start doin some strange brew paintngs on the outside so that’‘‘ll be good to the rumnblins o his mind broadcast to the oz flok, word!!

»Today I made nice bacon butties on the free outdoor bar-b these wonders of modern technology are spotted around the city=You just ad your meat+a beverage + some manknowledge of flame coooking. imagin all the kid’s faces spot welded if yoo got freee outdoor hotplates in glasvegas.

Ross Sinclair and 'Violet Real Life', 2006
Ross Sinclair and 'Violet Real Life', 2006

»on saturday we went to a big commonwealthartists opening at the natoinal Gallery of Victoria, black tie waiters refilling our beers, some political type figures wearing over the shoulder scarves and talking about cultural diversity, we got munted n pished on a Henry Moore sculpture out the back, you can take the boy out of Scotland!!

»Ganghut has divulged into a mmmmental helth therapy group, we gave awa aw the art we had brout with us for nowt but a photie and now we’re drawing what’s in our heids all over the walls.

»It starts with a build, 12 or 15 hour days buildng the structures, then th show opens and we don’t have a purpose anymore. Think the GANGHUT only really exists in the building point where the collaborative working together is going on.

»the auzzie climate has done wonders for my curls. A look a like a cross between Leo Sayer and the dad fae Shameless.

Ross Sinclair and 'Violet Real Life', 2006
Ross Sinclair and 'Violet Real Life', 2006

»Kev cut the sleeves off of a T-shirt and looks every inch the ozy soap star; we are walking around showing off our paisty complexions with pride. We are competing in the team pealy-wally and sunburn relay the morra and are confident the melanin deficiency commonwealth gold is in the bag.

»We ate a kilo of kangaroo yesterday cooked on one of the public access barbies. Skippy tasted braw, Steve scraned some of his raw, some full on Steve Irwin Crocodile Dundee shit, but he had to return th meat to the barby for a second cooking as the blood still pumping from the steak wasn’t complimenting the fresh salad and sunblushed tomato garnish.

»What the fuck are we doin’, what have we done, what the fuck is GANGHUT. This is evidently a point of difference amongst us over here. Had a good talk about whats had happened here and how to take GANGHUT onward n upward.

»Sitting in the hut on top of the container away from the public’s gaze, no having to talk to them or acknowldge them while writing this feels braw.

Ross Sinclair and 'Violet Real Life', 2006
Ross Sinclair and 'Violet Real Life', 2006

»Plan this evening to head out in GANGHUT ovies and Ralph Borland’s ‘Polite Force’ SWAT team outfits to do some interventions round the fair city of melbournez. tho’ if the outfits can live up to Ralph’s y-front action on the beech at St. Kilda yesterday awaits to be seen, easy ladeez. gonna’ start the dismantle of the show the day as well once all avalable surface has been covered in the cathartic markings from the depths of the Gang’s minds

»Big shout out to Solomon Islands tri-athletes Stanly, Marcus and Willie who we hadafewbeers with at St. Jerome’s.

»cut up the whole structures and the oz public took the whole Kit and Caboodle away which is a whole heap better than chuckin it in the skip i kin tell ye

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