Lachlan Anthony, Sprinkler Scheme, 2015, Water, sprinkler stand, impact head sprinkler, analogue flow meter, digital flow meter display, pva hose, brass fittings, polyethylene fittings, digital water timer, solenoid valve, pva component boxes. Approximately 12 x 2m zoning. uniVARS Program | Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. Photo: Fleur Ruddick

Sprinkler Scheme is a conceptual installation involving an agricultural sprinkler unit that discharges water at regulated times throughout the day. A non-resettable flow meter records water usage for the artworks entire life-span, while a resettable digital meter records water usage of for each time the work is exhibited. The artwork reflects on themes of urban militarization, water politics and the proliferation of neoliberal ideology.

Water usage within the installation will be offset by the implementation of a water-trading scheme involving the artist abstaining from showering for the 6-day period that he is in Mildura for Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10. This scheme attempts to sustain an ethical equilibrium that circumvents the management of official water restriction policies.

Lachlan Anthony is a Melbourne based sculpture, performance and installation artist. His practice explores the connections between ideology, behavior and space in the context of neoliberal capitalism. Through the mitigation of freedoms and the introduction of conditions placed upon movement of a viewer within the space of the artwork his work highlights the spatial politics emanating from dominant market-based value systems. The intention being to produce an experiential tangibility to what is the invisible systematic of our times. Particular interest lies in notions of: de-politicization and the erosion of democratic function, the proliferation of ‘uncontestable’ futures via cultural hegemony and production of ‘common sense’, symbolic, structural and sublimated forms of violence, the increasingly blurred line between public and privatized space and the relation that this has to what Erik Swyngedouw calls the urbanization of injustice.