Building on the collaborative approach captured in their cross-cultural residency, Lights Across the Sea, Louise’s next venture, Common Ground: the serendipitous happenstance project, saw her and William Eicholtz travel to Kerala, India to exchange skills and ideas with Cochin contempory artist, Narayanan Mohanan. Against the backdrop of Kochi-Muziris 2016/17 Biennale they created their public installation, Renew, set amoungst a disbandoned warehouse in the historic old spice Bazarre area along Mattencherry Road.
Curated by Helen Rayment, the Common Ground project further bought together 5 Australian artists, William Eicholtz, Louise Rippert, Mandy Ridley, Catherine Parker and Maggie Baxter to embarked on a journey of sharing skills, culture and traditions through collaborating with their Indian contempories. Opening on 12 December 2016 until 29 March 2017, the Common Ground project culminated in a residency, exhibition, catalogue and short film by Indian film company, MoonLight Pictures.
As an act of collaborative creation, the project itself was naturally guided by elements of serendipity and happenstance—in which the audience was invited to journey along through a daily facebook blog!
The project was supported by Creative Victoria, Australia India Institute and Creative Partnerships Australia.