Clint Dixon - curators' meeting interview [ORAL HISTORY]
Synopsis: Clint Dixon talks about seeing the exhibition for the first time, and going out in Perth afterwards.
Art centre(s): CSR Project
Language spoken: English
Catalogue number: CSROH_184_Clint_Dixon
Location Recorded: William Street, Northbridge
Cultural Protocols: Public Access
Full transcript: KJ Kenneth Martin: When are you going to get a haircut?
Clint Dixon: I don’t know. Sometime maybe next week. Yeah, try to dye my hair too.
KM: How was your week?
CD: Yeah it’s very good, pretty cold but I think I’m adapting to it. I think, yeah. Yeah it’s pretty good, good to see everyone again.
KM: Was this time as fun as last time?
CD: I think it’s just the same, yeah same things. As I said, get to know everybody again. Back working, I think we had lots more dinner out this time, thanks to Carly and the Form crew. Yeah, I guess, then KJ and Thomas joined the crew this time, made it much better, more boys than two separate boys and girls.
KM: There weren’t as many boys last time?
CD: Nah, it was only me and Terry. Yeah.
KM: So do you mean it was more fun this time, with more boys?
CD: Yeah, you could say that.
KM: What was your most fun part?
CD: My most fun part would be the four of us going out, no plans, just go to a bar, a few drinks from there go dancing. We were supposed to look for a pool table to play pool but we ended up going to a pub, or nightclub or something like that, just down the road from the Ibis Hotel. There was no pool table so we ended up taking over the dance floor, well not me, there was a big tall fella, I forgot his name. Nah, I can’t name drop. So, yeah he just took over the dance floor all night.
KM: Would you like to give us an action replay of KJ's dancing?
CD: No room here. Need a bigger floor. Nah, it’s alright, probably next time.
KM: Did you get any girls phone numbers?
CD: Nah, nothing. Nothing. I think I was just too happy dancing, I was running amuck dancing. Good music, good beat. Yeah, someone pulled out the ‘plane’ move, I think it’s the plan, someone the ‘sprinkler’ or something and I think I tried doing the John Travolta move, but I think it didn’t work out. Maybe I need more practice. We should have a little dance off. Just bring it, we’ll all bring it.
KM: How did you feel about the launch yesterday?
CD: Yeah, after watching all the paintings we laid out at the last curator meeting we had, for the first time we finally saw it straightened out and yeah it looks amazing. And yeah, just like to congratulate all the curators for putting up the show last night, worked real hard right through the week in choosing works to put up, like, their own design and how to match what walls, like make it all even. I think what they did is got four of their best, put it on each wall and from there the rest they just tacked, put pieces together, didn’t work so they put another one there, and started like that. It was a good turnout last night and … yeah, I didn’t expect it to be like that. I was really excited and amazed at how the … is it gallery? What do you call it? The show? ... The launch, yeah, for the Beijing Olympics. Yeah, it was actually my first show that I’ve been to, arts show. So, yeah, especially seeing from up above the layout and design of how they got the three big paintings in the middle and all the rest of the paintings on the sides. And, yeah, I enjoyed it. Very proud of them for what they’ve done, um, how they sorted it out, worked together and got it all done and yeah. It was a good relief for them as well since …
KM: Any girls there?
CD: There was plenty, plenty There was a lot. I was on the camera so I was keeping watch up top, top of the stage. I think one of my mates KJ was walking around, roving, so a pretty good chance … a lucky guy he is.
KM: What was the highlight of last night?
CD: I just … it was just amazing. Brilliant. It was beautiful.
KM: Are you going to do anything tonight?
CD: I was thinking about going, there are two places … thinking of going to the casino, see what everyone else is up to, but if they don’t want to go to the casino, I think I’ll have to go my own way and probably look at the pole dancers. Only my mates was dancing the pole, that’s not enough fun for me. It’s coming close to the week so I’ve gotta bring my camera out, taken some home.
KM: What's the difference between here and Broome?
CD: More ladies.
KM: So you’re flirting?
CD: I don’t know how to flirt? How do you flirt? What’s a player?
KM: What else? (Difference between Perth and Broome)
CD: Oh just good coming down here, getting out of home for a while. Good to see you all again, like I said, makes me laugh, happy, back with you after a while not seeing you guys. KFC again, another one. I don’t get much KFC. Yes, it’s being back with the crew again I guess.
KM: How do you feel about the project going on for another two years?
CD: Yeah excited, happy, more wanted. Yeah more work, get more experience. Yeah, just learn lots. For me, this project, yeah I’m really excited. Just get more experience out of it, met lots of new people on the way this trip around, just to do with the museums and curators and stuff like that. Yeah and … what I say again?
KM: Are you interested in making a film?
CD: Yeah, I’m interested in doing more documentaries. Just been asking Nikki Ma on some more tips on documentaries, how should I go about it and how can I plan it and do research and stuff like that. Yeah I’m leaning towards more on the documentary side now, that I’ve been working with Form for this project, the Canning Stock Route. Yeah, just more on documentaries and this project’s going two more years, yeah, really excited. Going to stick with it right to the end, yeah, so once I start a project I like to finish a project.
Video format: DVD/MiniDV/Quicktime movie
Video recording: Tape 35
Rights: Cultural Owner & Storyteller: Clint Dixon; © FORM, transcript only
Provenance: This material is sourced from Ngurra Kuju Walyja — the Canning Stock Route Project, which was initiated in 2006 by FORM and developed in partnership with Birriliburu, Kayili, KALACC, Mangkaja, Martumili, Ngurra, Papunya Tula, Paruku IPA, Warlayirti and Yulparija artists and art centres.