The boundary of the unknown


‘Certainly for artists of all stripes, the unknown, the idea or the form or the tale that has not yet arrived, is what must be found. It is the job of artists to open doors and invite in prophesies, the unknown, the unfamiliar; it’s where their work comes from, although its arrival signs the beginning of the long disciplined process of making it their own. Scientists too, as J. Robert Oppenheimer once remarked, “live always at the ‘edge of the mystery’ – the boundary of the unknown.” But they transform the unknown into the known, haul it in like fishermen; artists get you out into that dark sea.’

-R. Solnit


Thanks go out to the lovely Cath Keneally for inviting us to speak on her show on Saturday morning.  Admittedly we were feeling a little surreal after having spent the last eighteen hours hanging out overnight on Hindley St.  Have a listen at the link below.


Australian Bureau of Worthiness – I Met Hindley Street – First Impressions from James Dodd on Vimeo.

Princes, Polites and Cacas are just the beginning

One of the many characters of Hindley Street.

One of the many characters of Hindley Street.

We have arrived…

In a lair that dwells underneath the infamous street, The A.B.W are sinking their toes into the steamy asphalt of Hindley Street, Adelaide.

Whilst all members of the Bureau have been here before, this visitation and investigation has already begun to challenge our preconceived notions of what we thought we once knew of this place.

The mythology that surrounds it, the assumed knowledge we have of it, the memories gained and lost on this street are truly fascinating us.

We have visited the Adult Bookshop, Quirky Stylin, Lucky Thai Bell, Phat Coffee and talked to many people on the street and passing through.

One man yesterday, when I complimented him on his singing voice as he pushed his frame along the uneven footpath said I was the first to ever think he had a good voice.

On the list of things to do are:

Go to Hellenic Travel

Go to Madame Josephine’s and Crazy Horse on the same night

Research Grimm’s Tales

Do a count of the CCTV cameras

Stay on Hindley Street overnight…

We are certainly only at the beginning of what is going to be a great and big time here on Hindley.

Stay tuned….


the A.B.W.


ABW Hindley St Poster 2 lo res

Hey all!
We are hitting Hindley Street next week and tickets are now on sale to the shows to I Met Hindley Street in 3 short weeks.
Click on the links below to book tickets and tell all ya friends.

$10 Concession, $15 Full Price, plus $3.30 booking fee.

7 Nov: Thursday, PREVIEW, 7pm

8 Nov: Friday OPENING matinee, 2pm

8 Nov: Friday OPENING, 7pm

9 Nov: Saturday, 7pm

10 Nov: Sunday MATINEE, 2pm

10 Nov: Sunday, 7pm

Can't wait to see you there.
Signing off for now,
The ABW.

Quoting the quotes

A few buildings in Tokyo

A few buildings in Tokyo

“Not to find one’s way in a city may well be uninteresting and banal. It requires ignorance- nothing more. But to lose oneself in a city- as one loses oneself in a forest- that calls for quite a different schooling”

In Benjamin’s terms, to be lost is to be fully present, and to be fully present is to be capable of being in uncertainty and mystery…And one does not get lost but loses oneself, with the implication that it is a conscious choice, a chosen surrender, a psychic state achievable through geography.”

-Rebecca Solnit talking of Walter Benjamin and losing oneself in A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Soon, we at the bureau will be choosing to surrender to Hindley Street in Adelaide’s West End…we set up shop on October 21st so stay tuned for more details..

yours truly,

the ABW.