Eccentrics

Hotel Hotel (2015 – Present)

Eccentrics1 is a photographic project, an ongoing and long-term chronicling of the people who inhabit Lee_Grant_ROHO-Shoot-31_Nikos the pig_wand use the spaces Lee Grant_Suzi_McKinnon_01_wLee Grant_Eccentrics-Matt+Lentil-07_wLee Grant_Andy-Marks+Family-11_WLee Grant_Eccentrics-Vic-McEwan-01_wLee Grant_Paul Marcus Fuog_the strong man_wLee Grant_The-Shabbab-38_w at Hotel Hotel and NewActon.2 The project is about capturing the essence of Canberra’s creative life (as well as its visitors) and to share and explore the sociology, architecture and Author_Unknown www_escola_bauhaus_1920s_wAuthor_Unknown_Minya Diez-Dührkoop, Dance costumes for “Technik” (1924)_MKG Collection_w new histories of a city in the process of redefining its cultural identity.Lee Grant_The-Shabbab-13_w

Eccentrics is less a catalogue and more a feast of friends; people who represent the cultural and social life of Hotel Hotel.

Project NameEccentrics
Project TypePortrait photography
PurposeA small study of Australian life which documents the people and characters that pass through Hotel Hotel
SizeContinually growing
StatusOngoing

From Medieval Latin eccentricus, derived from Greek ekkentros, “out of the center”, from ek-, ex- “out of” + kentron, “center”. Eccentricity is associated with genius, intellectual giftedness, or creativity. People may perceive the individual’s eccentric behavior as the outward expression of their unique intelligence or creative impulse. In this vein, the eccentric’s habits are incomprehensible not because they are illogical or the result of madness, but because they stem from a mind so original that it cannot be conformed to societal norms. Wikipedia – Accessed 17/12/15

NewActon is a precinct on the edge of Canberra’s city centre that Molonglo Group is progressively restoring. It is built on the heritage grounds of Acton House, a late 1920s temporary housing facility for newly arrived employees of the capital. NewActon does at a precinct scale what the Burley Griffins attempted to achieve for the city: vegetable gardens deliver produce to the precinct restaurants; nature and architecture collide; and the architectural envelope folds into flora and art. The high-rise apartments (high but not too high) also feed into this ground level generously.