A&D ANNUAL 19 Symposium
- When 7 Dec - 7 Dec 2019
Cnr of Oxford St and Greens Rd, Paddington NSW 2021
10:00AM - 12PM
(02) 8936 0888
Join us for a morning of talks and performances from emerging artists and designers graduating from UNSW Art & Design. The Symposium will start at UNSW Galleries before moving to AD Space and Kudos Gallery, including performances from Holly Dixon and Sian Kelly and artist talks by Michael Blake, Karen Lee and Shamanthi Rajasingham.
Holly Dixon is a BFA (Honours) student at UNSW Art and Design, working between the mediums of sculpture, video, performance and installation. Dixon’s recent works leverage this hybrid practice in order to interrogate her own understanding of the conditions and boundaries of performance, specifically focusing on an investigation of the way in which material documents can perform in themselves, and also as scripts inform future re-performances.
Re-tracing (again) is one outcome of potentially infinite iterations of re-performance. The ceramic tiles over which the performer moves hold fixed and permanent traces of past performances; documenting the gestures that marked them, yet when taken up as scripts they present a multiplicity of potential re-performances, none of which can ever perfectly recreate the original mark-making.
Lilia is an emerging curator and art theorist with an invested interest in museum practices. Throughout her time at university, Lilia has worked with nationally and internationally recognised art organisations, such as the Biennale of Sydney, Leonard Joel Auction House, Sculptures by the Sea and UNSW Galleries. Dedicated to exploring the growing development of experimental museum practices, Lilia seeks to explore how these practices encourage a holistic change to museums, and develop collaborative relationships between museums and their visitors.
Reimagining Museums & their Visitors: Dialogue, Experimentation and the Van Abbemuseum
To stay viable in the rapidly expanding competitive leisure industry, museums today are increasingly presenting spectacular and evocative exhibitions to captivate and engage visitors. Within this climate, the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, The Netherlands operatives in an unconventional manner, working in an experimental manner with its visitors to reshape the museum. Invited into the museum as collaborators, visitors’ contributions are valued as a pivotal factor in the museums process of continual development. Through addressing the long-term application of these experimental practices at the Van Abbemuseum, Lilia’s talk will explore how the museum has developed expanded notions of curatorial practice that encourages critical engagement and dialogue between visitors and the museum.
Eleanor Zurowski and Gabrielle Chantiri
Eleanor Zurowski and Gabrielle Chantiri are two friends talking about the politics of friendship.
Forough Najarbehbahani is an emerging designer who has recently finished her Honours degree in Design at UNSW Art and Design. Forough has featured in several group exhibitions locally and was shortlisted for WORKSHOPPED and Designing Bright Futures at the Australian Design Centre. Her current project ‘Demarcation’ is inspired by her personal story and vision for a world without borders. It will combine high-tech manufacturing processes and surface design in order to create a data-driven, dynamic installation. By visually referencing the transparency of an opal, an iconic Australian stone, to depict hypothetical borders that we can see, the work critiques the opaqueness of Australian government border policy.
Michael Blake is a Sydney based artist working with virtual reality, robotics and other technological media. His work investigates simulation, the human condition, and the automation of the everyday, imbuing the familiar with new possibility. He once got to ask Buzz Aldrin a question and it was a little awkward, to be honest.
A spiralling galaxy, an increasingly decaying and rebuilding statue, and a distant, impossible view of a real-time physics simulation combine in VRXP03 - Theory of Mind [Speculative interior galaxy]. This work is inspired by the psychological construct of the same name, and the hidden simulations we run of each other.
Karen Lee is an emerging artist who has recently finished her Master of Fine Arts at UNSW Art and Design. Her works, influenced by her background in visual design, include digital videos, interactive installations, and prints. She has exhibited in Sydney and Melbourne in several group shows, and has received several commissions, including The Fairfield City Council and CSIRO’s Space Technology Future Science Platform. Originally from Singapore, she has also been inspired by her time living and working in New York and Tokyo.
In her work, Karen Lee explores ‘Colour Resonance’, the qualia (i.e. subjective sensory and emotional Experience) of complimentary and dissonant colour ‘chords’ expressed using abstraction, geometry, motion and time. She uses graphic, moving and tactile elements to blur the boundaries between the physical and digital. Lee’s work extends the experience of colour beyond light and hue with a conscious intent to actively engage and challenge her audience’s other senses.
Qualia is an exploration of colour, time and abstraction. Similar to how composers use musical progression, I developed a central theme which I explored, combined and progressively refined into a singular experience.
Shamanthi Rajasingham is a Sydney-based artist and designer, originally from Sri Lanka. Her practice explores questions around technology-mediated life, from the perspectives offered by the ‘offline’ medium of drawing. Her work focuses particularly on the construction and performance of online identity, and the relationships between social media platforms and their users.
Shamanthi has exhibited in Sydney, Colombo and New Delhi. She has also worked on community art projects, both locally and overseas, most recently with 107 Projects in Sydney. Shamanthi has also created book cover illustrations, most recently for Penguin Random House, and currently works as a designer at a leading fintech scale-up in Sydney.
At UNSW, Shamanthi is completing a Master of Art degree, and has been the winner of the Annual 18 design competition, a featured artist at Artsweek, a muralist for the UNSW Creative Collective, and a Dean’s List recipient.
Life in the Square explores the idea of curating visual fragments of one’s life on social media in order to construct and perform an online identity.
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