M.O.R.E.

As well as working as a photographer, I have also created a number of sculptures and events over the last 25 years. This section of the website is dedicated to that part of my life and this particular gallery gives an overview of some of those creations. As a child I was fascinated by \'Stig Of The Dump\', a book which chronicled the adventures of a young boy living at a rubbish tip that subsequently had a great influence on my life. I joined the Mutoid Waste Co. in England in 1987 and in 1990 co-founded the Mutoids in Australia, where I built Carhenge and the first Drum Room. In 1991 I started Imagineer, which created large interactive art events in Melbourne and Adelaide in 1991/92 and is now regarded as the beginning of the Feral-Techno sub-culture in Australia. After moving to Sydney in 1993, I started Regeneration Culture Inc. as a non-profit incorporated arts association with a social agenda that grew to an organization with over 150 active members at its peak. We ran an Arts Lab in a central Sydney warehouse for 3 years where we promoted environmental sustainability, creative education and Arts as Therapy as well as teaching artists how to market themselves so they could find more employment. The Premier of NSW at that time quoted me in the State Parliament on the need to develop a stronger creative curriculum in the Education Department. <para> In 1996 I started M.O.R.E. and built The Recyco Dragon, The Garbo Man and The Recycle. As a lot of the work I’ve done over the years has been driven by the desire to create interactivity with the public/audience, I put together a set of MORE Drums in 1998 and installed them in public spaces around Sydney for anybody to play. For NYE 1999/2000 I built the Zerogate at Wooyung Beach and then decided to take a hiatus from this side of my life. In 2009 I created a new set of MORE Drums in NYC as part of Figment Festival and they are now a permanent installation on Governors Island in NYC Harbour.

The 30\' x 20\' Recycle was built entirely from recycled materials between May and August 1997 and now stands at the entrance to the largest recycling center in the southern hemisphere at Chullora in Sydney. This interactive sculpture is driven by the Recyclette, which is housed 100 yards away in the main recycling building. The faster one pedals the Recyclette, more things happen on the Recycle: the front and rear lights go on, the indicators flash, the bell rings and then the back wheel and pedal and chain turn, driven by a motor mounted on the chain. This 3 ton work of art was built by Jonh Ridley, Phil Becker and myself with welding assistance from Stewie Bevan. Tony Sawrey and Lia also helped whilst Harry Williamson and Ray Etherton took care of the electronics.

The Mutoid Waste Co. created The Unfairground at Glastonbury Festival. I was there from the Tuesday before the Festival until the Tuesday after the Festival and shot over 3500 pictures. This is a collection of what I regard to be the Top 50 images from the week I spent onsite. The Unfairground consisted of a variety of sculptures and venues which included Bez\'s Acid House, Sharkeys Church Of The Holy Roller, The Bloodsucker Bar, The Banana Boat Bar, The Crashed Airplane and The Bug as well as Strummerville at the back. Secret shows were played at The Unfairground by Thom Yorke (who DJ\'d in the airplane to 35 people on Saturday night), Mumford & Sons, Carl Cox and Fat Boy Slim.

The Mutoid Waste Co. created The Unfairground at Glastonbury Festival. I was there from the Tuesday before the Festival until the Tuesday after the Festival and shot over 3500 pictures. This is a collection of what I regard to be the Top 100 images from the week I spent onsite. The Unfairground consisted of a variety of sculptures and venues which included Bez\'s Acid House, Sharkeys Church Of The Holy Roller, The Bloodsucker Bar, The Banana Boat Bar, The Crashed Airplane and The Bug as well as Strummerville at the back. Secret shows were played at The Unfairground by Thom Yorke (who DJ\'d in the airplane to 35 people on Saturday night), Mumford & Sons, Carl Cox and Fat Boy Slim.

After almost 10 years away from creating installations and building sculptures, I was invited by Figment Festival to install a set of MORE Drums on Governors Island in NYC Harbour for the summer season June to October 2009. In 2010 the More Drums became a permanent part of Figment Festival Sculpture Terrace and so in future will be in place on Governors Island every summer from June until October.

I originally heard of Burning Man in 1990, when I was working on Carhenge in Australia. I finally had my first opportunity to attend in 2009. This is a small selection of the images I shot there.

In 2005 I was back in England and Joe Rush invited me to join the Mutoid Waste Co. at Glastonbury Festival, so I returned there for the first time in 18 years. As well as catching up with a lot of people I hadn\'t seen since I\'d moved to Australia in 1988, I was completely impressed by the quality of Joe\'s sculptures.

I conceived the Zerogate to celebrate the new Millennium as the world was panicking about the potential effects of the Millennium Bug. I built it in Byron Bay over 3 days in late December 1999 using 12 drive shafts for the circle and 4 car wheel rims with 8 drive shafts for the supports. It was installed at a free party organised by Steve Bedlam on the 15 mile long Wooyung Beach to celebrate the dawning of the Millennium.

I developed the MORE Drums as an interactive installation for public places using plastic industrial drums with wood doweling for drumsticks.

The 20\' tall Garbo Man was built entirely from car parts over a two week period in June 1996 for the Greenpeace Art Prize on Gilligans Island in Taylor Sq., Sydney. This sculpture was constructed by Jonh Ridley, Bob Brewster and myself with assistance from Wan, Lisa and Nick.

At the beginning of 1996 Jonh Ridley, Phil Becker and I started M.O.R.E. (Ministry Of Random Events). The 18\' long Recyco Dragon was built over 1 week in January 1996 at Bondi Beach in Sydney for the Sydney Fringe Festival. It was constructed by John Ridley, Phil Becker and myself with assistance from Bob Brewster.

I started Imagineer in November 1991 with the help of Victoria Buckley and Tony Sawrey. We created 3 events behind Dimmey's in Richmond, Melbourne and then went on to a highly successful run at Adelaide Fringe Festival in 1992. Victoria Buckley, Bob Brewster, Lixa Brandt, Pip Darvall, Andrew Richards and I worked on all 7 Imagineer events, which are now regarded by many as the beginning of the FeralTechno sub-culture in Australia. Imagineer created 4 events in a 10,000 sq ft space we named Sculptribe City in the Lion Arts Centre for Adelaide Fringe Festival in 1992. Ten of us spent the first 10 days knocking out walls, building false ceilings and rewiring the entire building to get an Entertainment Licence. We had 200 people at the first, 400 at the second, 800 at the third and 2,000 people at the last event. We built additional sculptures and painted more of the building between each event, so the space grew as well as the audience. We also opened as a Gallery during the day.

Robin Cooke came out to Australia in 1990 and we co-founded the Mutoid Waste Co. in Melbourne. We built Carhenge at Confest on the NSW/VIC border and created a series of events around Melbourne in 1990/91. I built the first Drum Room at Munster Terrace in 1991.

The Mutoid Waste Co. was co-founded in London by Joe Rush and Robin Cooke in 1984 and spearheaded a revolution that is still unfolding around the world today. The Mutoids grew into a sprawling outlaw tribe of misfits and rejects from mainstream society with punk sensibility and the aesthetics of Mad Max and Judge Dredd. They build amazing sculptures, create extraordinary events and their influence cannot be overstated on the contemporary Recycled Art movement and the explosion of underground parties during the late 1980\'s in the UK.

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