Research Program

Anthony Coxeter

Phantom Dwellings: Five Geographies from the Lives of Judith Wright and Nugget Coombs

Phantom Dwellings is an architectural/choreographic installation wherein five episodes in the late-life relationship between Judith and Nugget are transposed into five navigable geographies, exploring the way the imaginary of their private relationship intersected recognizable political geographies across Australia from the mid-1960s til the mid-1990s.

As part of the Greater Coombs Legacy Project, Phantom Dwellings functions as text and pretext by:

  • Acknowledging the interdependence of their travails as lovers and intellectuals
  • Supporting the repatriation of Edge to the Judith Wright Estate as the implied denouement of the artwork
  • Producing a teaching module for the National Secondary School Curriculum, offering an accessible study of contemporary Australian socio-political history through draftsman’s versions of these psycho-geographies
  • Generating new opportunities for community engagement in the Sydney metropolitan area for the broader cultural arguments put forward by the Greater Coombs Legacy Project

During their residency at the Drill Hall, they are inviting interested peers to explore designs in an open afternoon work session relating to methodological questions around the ‘implied choreography’ of the spaces, the mapped tension in these works between narrative and simultaneity, and the repatriation of Edge, Judiths’s former home in Mongarlowe.
RSVP by 12pm Friday, September 15 | Limited places available

Anthony Coxeter is a playwright and Creative Director of Elective Affinities, a production house at the intersection of arts and interests. Since being a founding member of the internationally-distributed literary journal The Lifted Brow, he has lectured in politics, history and literature at the University of Sydney, served as a dramaturge for choreographic works across Australia, including as a consultant for the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and is the current project leader for the Greater Coombs Legacy Project, a cross-sector initiative that engages critically with the diverse legacies of H.C. ‘Nugget’ Coombs.

Sebastián Silva is a Chilean-born architect. Having previously completed his Masters in Architectural Restoration at the Universidad Politecnica de Cataluña in Barcelona, he has an international portfolio of built work, beginning with innovative social housing projections in Santiago, the collaborative public installation ‘Pavilion 8 Quebradas’, the Observatorio Acustica in Patagonia (an architectural intervention at the convergence of two rivers), and most recently, a German-funded architectural film project in collaboration with the director Ernesto Bauer.

Date & Location

Monday 18 September 2017 - Wednesday 20 September 2017

The Drill Hall