Order of Events: Elliott Bryce Foulkes & Maria Smit
- When 15 Mar - 1 Jun 2019
CNR OXFORD ST & GREENS RD, PADDINGTON NSW 2021
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Multidisciplinary designers Elliott Bryce Foulkes and Maria Smit draw on a collaborative working process to explore the practice of graphic design within the museum.
Working with the formal tropes of visual identity and collateral, 'Order of Events' reflects on the dynamics between exhibited artwork, conventional design methodologies, and the ways that graphic design contributes to and creates space — occupying overlooked surfaces, scaffolds, supports, and elaborating traditional print media and objects.
Designers Elliott Bryce Foulkes and Maria Smit conduct an intimate tour of their exhibition 'Order of Events', discussing the development of their collaborative project, and its exploration of graphic design and visual identities within the museum space.
This keynote lecture, delivered by Matthew Kiem, is the first in a series of talks exploring politics and power in contemporary design.
‘Design’ emerged as a theoretical and pedagogical object not simply in the context of an already established colonial matrix of power but as a means to sustain it. These systemic conditions persist in the liberal pluralisation of design studies, a tendency that undercuts the relevance of design theory with respect to decolonial movements. Drawing on critical studies of the nineteenth century formation of British design institutions, this talk will argue that a renewed emphasis on understanding the imperial conditions of ‘design’ is necessary to positioning concepts of decolonial theory within design studies.
Matthew Kiem is a Sydney-based designer, researcher, and member of the Decolonising Design group. He has completed his PhD at Western Sydney University on the topic of the Coloniality of Design.
Exhibiting artist Elliott Bryce Foulkes is joined by designer Ella Sutherland invite respective artist collaborators Cherine Fahd and Agatha Gothe-Snape to present on recent projects completed together. They discuss conceiving and communicating links between artist books and exhibition collateral, centering the conversation around the ways in which design (both graphically and spatially) operate within and around exhibition and museum contexts making linkages between contemporary art and design practice.