Creative occupation

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The island is there… the island is here…


On the island… “man-made” South Channel Fort, a group of artists… has begun a process of ideas, projects and discoveries… it opens a window onto activities and encounters with the island grappling with the subjects of remoteness, artificiality, entropy, collective consciousness, fear-related architecture, and the possibilities of radical creative (co)production.

Adie McDermott

Ingrid Petterson

Jennifer McElwee

Jess Williams

Laine Hogarty

Lance Youston

Marita Batna (organizer)

Michael Morgan

Scott Welsh

Zac Schubert-Youston


South Channel Fort Island

A “man-made” artificial island and fort in the waters around Port Phillip: constructed in the 1880s for military defences of the Victorian Colony, it became redundant since the 1920s, providing a site for birds and seals; rocks are making a habitat for marine life.

Creative Occupation is driven through the encounter with South Channel Fort Island. We acknowledge the traditional owners of land and waters South Channel Fort Island has been built on. We pay our respects to their elders, past, present and emerging.

The Island Play, written by Scott Welsh

Directed by Zac Schubert-Youston, Scott Welsh, Kristopher O'Sullivan

Cinematography and Editing: Zac Schubert-Youston

Sound Production: Kristopher O'Sullivan

Performers: Scott Welsh, Ingrid Petterson, Lance Youston, Michael Morgan

Production Manager: Marita Batna

Produced by Creative Occupation, 2018. Filmed on South Channel Fort Island (Chapter 2 an 3, Chapter 1 - in regional Victoria, Australia).

Watch Trailer of Creative Occupation Showcase 10-31 January 2019:

Featured stock images and footage from filming and photography, South Channel Fort Island / Port Phillip Bay -

Civilization’s Entropy, a project by Michael Morgan,

Defence Mechanisms - Projection, a project by Laine Hogarty,

The Island Play (written by Scott Welsh): A Film, a group project produced by Creative Occupation;

Wallpaper Thin, a project by Jennifer McElwee,

Images by Lance Youston,

Images by Zac Schubert-Youston

Flag Process by Ingrid Petterson

Other documentation and compilation - Michael Morgan, Marita Batna.

A meditative film by Michael Morgan featuring the installation of Creative Occupation's Качанка in Steampacket Gardens at Geelong's spectacular Waterfront on March 2, 2019. It's a hot Saturday in late summer, everything is a bit slow, and seems almost surreal...