I'm dreaming of a french meadow

Inhabit : I’m Dreaming of a French Meadow.
Jude Anderson

Installation: Thur 25th – Sun 28th Feb, 12pm – 5pm
Live performance: Fri 26th Feb 8.30pm Cedric Peyronnet & Jacques Soddell
Venue: Dormitory Two, Rosina Building, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

At the Abbotsford Convent there’s a place called the French Meadow where plants run free. From the Convent dormitories where girls once slept in disciplined rows between the strict folds of white cotton sheets, you catch glimpses of the French Meadow. It’s a tempting, gay abandon in this place of precise sleep patterns. In I’m Dreaming of a French Meadow, Jude Anderson in collaboration with photomedia artist Tara Gilbee invites you to a field of reverie; a dormitory now filled with secret gardens where the field recordings of sound artist Jacques Soddell and those of French sound artist Cedric Peyronnet float from each bed and weave through the shifting sleep patterns of an imagined cosmos. A waft of the wild in the girls’ dorm.


I’m Dreaming of a French Meadow combines an installation with a live performance that brings Peyronnet and Soddell together for a combined field recordings concert.

The installation draws inspiration from the French notion of ‘le jardin secret’ - an undisclosed place of desire or escape, along with the garden beds and secrets of the Abbotsford Convent, and the garden beds tended by the immigrant and refugee gardeners of the Atherton Community Gardens.

Associated artists: Tara Gilbee, Cedric Peyronnet, Katie Sfetkidis, Jacques Soddell.

Digital still: Tara Gilbee 2009

In Situ
Jude Anderson & Emilie Collyer
Dates and times: 3rd February – 21st Feb
Launch Wed 3rd Feb 6-8pm
Then Wed – Sun 10am – 5pm
Venue: c3 Gallery, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

In-Habit In Situ: Instant Actions
In October 2008 an open invitation went out to over 3,000 artists (via the Melbourne International Arts Festival Card Holder scheme, Regional Arts Victoria and the City of Yarra). The invitation was to attend a tour of the Abbotsford Convent, particularly to buildings that, at the time, were in a state of ‘pre-renovation’ and/or not open to the general public.

After the tours, each artist was invited to return to the Convent during 2009 and undertake an ‘Instant Action’. This could take whatever form the artist chose and would extend for approximately 15 minutes. We asked each artist to document their Instant Action. The documentation is being presented as part of the In-Habit In Situ exhibition at c3 Gallery from 3rd – 21st February 2010.

28 artists elected to perform Instant Actions. Of these, 10 artists carried out their Instant Actions and 8 provided documentation.

Punctum associated artists have also contributed to the Instant Action documentation and exhibition.

In Situ Instant Actions: Artworks and Artists
The laundry - berni m janssen (DVD)
The material and the liminal - Kate Hunter (DVD)
Song cycle for a shadow - Rachael Guy, David Churchill, Andy Jackson (Video & audio recording)
Signs of life/Wish you were here - Amy Tsilemanis (Photographs and Audio recording)
Laundry - Smiljana Glisovic (DVD)
Sacred Heart - Daniel Armstrong (DVD)
koorie~konduit~2010 - Scott Lyon (Print – typography and illustration)
In-Habit: vestiges of research - Artwork by: Jason Maling, Tara Gilbee and
William Head

Digital still: Tara Gilbee 2009

For more in depth information on this extensive research residency into cultural exchange please visit:


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