COSMIC USEFULNESS is a set of conditions for participating in the future. Collaboratively, Grace Dewar and Laurie Oxenford as PUBLIC PALACE, assemble temporary arrangements of their *cosmic objects*. This way of working persists as long-form discourse on labour, friendship, social practice and collaborative risk taking.



Their process is driven by a shared interest in navigating space with desire instead of function. Developed in response to the everyday, COSMIC USEFULNESS prompts, reorients and encourages working with what already exists as an answer to the production paradigm.

Acts of resourcefulness and reciprocity offer a gentle yet urgent speculation towards reorganised value systems, with a particular focus on material perception. Shifting between performing everyday routines and constructing situations of surprise, this series of new material and relational experiments are attempts at a renewed social communion.

PUBLIC PALACE work under the assumption that anywhere that *work* takes place becomes the studio. In this way, their projects often take on a residency framework which allows for continuous work in a set period of time, where the outcomes are constantly evolving via live and durational conditions. This way of working demands a constant openness to chance and invites collaborative risk taking.

This project was developed with support from Placemakers* Gold Coast’s INCUBATE Residency Program.


29 July – 12 August 2023
Elevator ARI
3 Rural St Lismore

*OPENING EVENT*
Saturday 29 July 4 – 6PM
Gallery hours: WED – FRI 10am-4pm, SAT 10am-2pm

*(UN)WORKSHOP – PERMANENT SMOKO*
(morning tea marathon / social club)
Saturday 12 August 10AM–12PM

Public Palace acknowledge the Widjabul Wy-abul people of Bundjalung nation and the people of the Yugambeh Language Region. *COSMIC USEFULNESS* was developed on stolen Bundjalung and Kombumerri Country. 
















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Public Palace acknowledge that they live & work on the stolen land of the Yugambeh language people. Indigenous sovereignty was never ceded & we pay our respects to Elders, recognising their continuing connection to land, water, community & culture. 

ALWAYS WAS,  ALWAYS WILL BE,  ABORIGINAL LAND.