Steaphan Paton is included in ‘Jack’s reloaded: material as memory’, a Melbourne Design Week exhibition that explores Victoria’s complex geological and social histories through the locus of Jack’s Magazine. A historic place on the banks of the Maribyrnong River, Jack’s Magazine was constructed over several periods from 1875 to 1921 for the storage of explosives. It exists as an important site in Victoria’s military and industrial past.
‘Come in’, one of the works Paton has contributed to the show, explores historical and continual power imbalance, concepts of treachery and the decorum of the immoral. Using the installation of a gun slit door, the work explores cultural conflict and the myth of a peaceful ‘settlement’.
The exhibition is open this Saturday and Sunday, 23-24 March from 10pm-5pm. A public talk will take place on Saturday 23 March from 2-3pm.