Warning: Declaration of AVH_Walker_Category_Checklist::walk($elements, $max_depth) should be compatible with Walker::walk($elements, $max_depth, ...$args) in /home/restless/public_html/journal/wp-content/plugins/extended-categories-widget/4.2/class/avh-ec.widgets.php on line 62

Warning: Declaration of Ronalfy_Sitemap_Category::start_lvl($output, $depth, $args) should be compatible with Walker::start_lvl(&$output, $depth = 0, $args = Array) in /home/restless/public_html/journal/wp-content/plugins/wp-categories-and-posts/wp-categories-and-posts.php on line 44

Warning: Declaration of Ronalfy_Sitemap_Category::end_lvl($output, $depth, $args) should be compatible with Walker::end_lvl(&$output, $depth = 0, $args = Array) in /home/restless/public_html/journal/wp-content/plugins/wp-categories-and-posts/wp-categories-and-posts.php on line 53

Warning: Declaration of Ronalfy_Sitemap_Category::start_el($output, $category, $depth, $args) should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output, $data_object, $depth = 0, $args = Array, $current_object_id = 0) in /home/restless/public_html/journal/wp-content/plugins/wp-categories-and-posts/wp-categories-and-posts.php on line 62

Warning: Declaration of Ronalfy_Sitemap_Category::end_el($output, $page, $depth, $args) should be compatible with Walker::end_el(&$output, $data_object, $depth = 0, $args = Array) in /home/restless/public_html/journal/wp-content/plugins/wp-categories-and-posts/wp-categories-and-posts.php on line 154

Warning: Declaration of AVH_Walker_CategoryDropdown::walk($elements, $max_depth) should be compatible with Walker::walk($elements, $max_depth, ...$args) in /home/restless/public_html/journal/wp-content/plugins/extended-categories-widget/4.2/class/avh-ec.core.php on line 876
 Colony Collapse « makeshift journal |

Public speaking

posted by on 2010.07.24, under Colony Collapse, MAKESHIFT NEWS

Tomorrow afternoon (Sunday July 25th) we’re doing an artist talk at Firstdraft. Starts at 4pm, Luke Thurgate and Bronwyn Carter will be doing their thing too, and it’s your last chance to see all the work before it closes for good at 6pm.


Also this coming week we’re taking part in the HotHouse symposium at Sydney Opera House. Lots of exciting speakers and ideas will be floating around, including Hou Hanru, Tony Fry and Michaela Crimmin of the RSA Arts & Ecology project. It runs Tues 27th – Wed 28th July, and we’re speaking on Tuesday afternoon.

HotHouse brings together artists, designers, curators and creative thinkers in a quest to develop models for sustainable environmental change. This “collective experiment” calls upon art and design to offer practical means of transforming spaces, environments, and even cities in ways that are enduring and energising, and that, most importantly, engage all sectors of the community.’

Image credit: Tessa Zettel & Karl Khoe, Colony Collapse, 2010, photograph by Makeshift

Come out to play

posted by on 2010.07.19, under Colony Collapse, MAKESHIFT NEWS

Read a cute little write-up on Colony Collapse by Rachel Fuller at Concrete Playground.

And for those who’ve been meaning to visit, there’s only one week left! Quicksticks… (it looks something like this)


The bees live in their hive, inside the orange meat safe. In theory they can fly in and out of the gallery whenever they like, through a pipe leading outside, however Sydney’s still-cold winter has kept them pretty much tucked up in bed. If it’s sunny you might spot them hanging out next to their hive or amongst the blueberries and ‘Happy Wanderer’. Come and talk to them, they’re super sweet!


window1  closeup1

Colony Collapse

posted by on 2010.07.06, under Colony Collapse, MAKESHIFT NEWS, PROJECTS

We have an exhibition opening at Firstdraft Gallery in Sydney in 2 days time. It’s called Colony Collapse and concludes our studio residency at the new Firstdraft Depot. There will be a hive of native stingless bees, amongst other things (drawings, constructions etc.) relating to the development of our forthcoming project for the Museum of Contemporary Art‘s In the Balance exhibition. Also opening at the same time are shows by Bronwyn Carter, Luke Thurgate and Baden Pailthorpe.

Colony Collapse
Tessa Zettel & Karl Khoe

Colony Collapse continues Tessa Zettel & Karl Khoe’s ongoing collaborative project to micro-farm pockets of the city, cannibalising leftover building materials (and other devices of protection/preservation) in the construction of makeshift experiments in urban self-sufficiency. At Firstdraft the artists investigate the possibilities for small-scale mobile honey production in the gallery and beyond, as they prepare to build a hybrid native beehive-food cart destined for Sydney Cove. With food crisis, suburban sprawl and the colony’s precarious histories (and futures) on their minds, Zettel & Khoe invite audiences in to smell the flowers and talk to the bees.

As part of the Firstdraft Emerging Artists Studio Program supported by Australia Council for the Arts

Exhibition opens: Wednesday 7 July 2010, 6-8pm
Exhibition continues: to 25 July 2010
Artist talks: Sunday 25 July 2010 at 4pm

f i r s t d r a f t

116-118 Chalmers St.
Surry Hills NSW 2010
t: +61 (0)2 9698 3665
open: Wed to Sat, 12-6pm


  • Where am I?

    Makeshift Journal is a satellite of the makeshift website, home to the collaborative practice of Tessa Zettel & Karl Khoe. Here you can follow the development of current projects, and read critical responses to things encountered along the way.

  • Archives

  • Pages

  • Meta