Examining the character of rail infrastructure and the experience of the journey to explore and understand expanded sites for social engagement, dialogue and learning in an intercultural context.
Working with the Havana Biennale in Cuba, the project involves a series of active art projects in Australia and Cuba based on or around the Hershey Train, Havana and the Upfield Railway Line, Melbourne.
Intercambio aims to facilitate a conversation between communities in Havana and Melbourne to explore the challenge not only of geographical distance but also language, culture, social systems and urban planning differences. A train provides not only physical transport but in this project it also becomes a site for a series of interchange points for both communities to build relationships from afar, drawing on their separate and shared experiences.
Researchers: Dr Geoff Hogg, Damian Smith, Riza Manalo, Ping Yan (Amy), Molly Braddon.
Damian Smith, Members Lunch at the Melbourne Forum, 3 August 2016
Damian Smith, International Association of Art Critics (AICA) Conference, Havana Cuba, 11–15 October 2016
Cuban-Australian collaborative art project challenges family and community violence, RMIT News, 16 January 2017