ROSE TURTLE ERTLER'S COMPLIMENTARY CARAVAN IS AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE POWER OF WORDS THROUGH
AN ONGOING COLLECTION OF AUDIO AND WRITTEN COMPLIMENTS COLLECTED IN DIFFERENT TOWNS.
STEP INSIDE THE COSY CUSTOM-BUILT CARAVAN
AND 'BATHE' IN A SOUNDTRACK OF HEARTFELT COMPLIMENTS RECORDED IN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY.
RELAX AND ENJOY AN IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE OF RELENTLESS GRATITUDE AND ENCOURAGEMENT.
- "So moving, transformative. Smiles from the inside."
- "Such a wonderful and important concept."
- "What a lovely idea. Felt like a warm hug."
- "So humbling. Moved to tears (nice tears!)"
The Complimentary Caravan has appeared at the Junction Arts Festival - Launceston; Castlemaine Winter Village Festival; Mental Health Week events (City of Hobart, Bendigo Mall, Clunes Farmers Market, Castlemaine Artists' Market); Village Festival (Melbourne); Melton Train Station (World Compliment Day); Dream Big Festival (Melton); Maldon Market (intergenerational project); Natimuk Frinj Biennale; Floriade Fringe Festival (Canberra); Newstead Waterhole Festival.
BEYOND THE CARAVAN:
In the last couple of years, Rose has collected about 1,300 written compliments about someone special in people’s lives.
They are all handwritten in black pen on A5 yellow card. Over 400 spoken compliments have also been recorded.
This ongoing collection of written and recorded compliments has other public outcomes besides the Complimentary Caravan. The project can be tailored to thoughtfully fit a specific event. Previous examples include:
COMPLIMENTARY COUCH - visitors sink into a comfy couch and listen to a soundtrack of compliments in headphones while browsing through coffee table books of written compliments. People also write their own compliment which is added to the books or displayed around the space. (Coburg Carnivale, Moreland Council 2018)
COMPLIMENTARY LANE - video projection work featuring silhouetted heads of locals with their handwritten compliments with a soundtrack of the spoken compliments.(Enlighten Projection Festival & White Night Bendigo 2018) SEE VIDEO BELOW
LUFU - a gallery wall piece with soundtrack of local compliments. Written compliments arranged on the wall spelling out the huge
letters ‘LUFU’ which is the Old English word for ‘love’. (Museum of Innocence Mildura Artist Residency 2018) SEE VIDEO BELOW
COMPLIMENTARY COURTYARD - an interactive installation in a courtyard where people listen to a local soundtrack of compliments and write their own compliment which is then displayed in the space (City of Port Adelaide - Port Fringe Street Party, Adelaide Fringe Festival 2018)
COMPLIMENTARY LANE - a 30 minute soundtrack of local compliments played on loop mode in a breezeway outside Pod Artspace (City of Adelaide’s Soundscape Program 2018)
A NEW INSTALLATION IDEA:
Rose is currently looking for locations to create an installation in 2019 where over 1,300 yellow cards with written compliments would cover the
entire walls and ceiling of an enclosed space, with yellow shagpile carpet and a soundtrack of local compliments. Any venue suggestions welcome!
THE COMPLIMENTARY CARAVAN IS NOW BASED IN TASMANIA.
OTHER OPTIONS LIKE THOSE LISTED ABOVE ARE STILL POSSIBLE ON THE MAINLAND.