Sydney Biennale – He Dreamed Overtime
Earlier in the week I directed visitors through He Dreamed Overtime as part of the Sydney Biennale. He Dreamed Overtime is an installation that includes dozens of objects made of beeswax and was included in the Biennale last minute as it’s a kind of oddity. The objects were discovered in a cave on Cockatoo Island in April this year during a routine pest inspection. Stanley Dusk who runs Independent Pest Control Sydney originally thought the cave was infested with rats but instead stumbled upon these strange objects that look like they’d be found in a coral reef. It was discovered that they were created by a man called Ted Wilson who started working as a ranger on Cockatoo Island in 2005.
The installation is located in an old residential building on the upper section of Cockatoo Island, which has been given to Stanley for the course of the Biennale as a research lab where visitors can view the process undertaken to make sense of the discovery. The house has several areas of interest- the first being the sunroom where several artefacts are on display along with open books, magazines and magnifying devices. The kitchen area has two light boxes, along with a corkboard that hold information relating to a curious tree root, and articles about various events through history which relate to the discovery. A wider array of beeswax objects can be viewed just off the kitchen area, while the bathroom and back room have been dedicated to Stanley trying to slip into Ted’s shoes and recreate his sculptural creations.
Volunteers in the building can provide more information on the curious story that is He Dreamed Overtime. Definitely worth a visit!