Haptic Tactility: How design processes can remediate identities past and present
Tues, 20 Feb, 5 - 7pm
- When 21 Feb - 3 Mar 2018
UNSW Paddington Campus, Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd, Paddington, NSW 2021
Wed-Fri 11am-6pm | Sat 11am-4pm
(02) 8936 0798
There is more to Jamaica than reggae, Rastafarians and sport. Have you ever heard of the Taino people, the original inhabitants of Jamaica?
Through practice-led research, Haptic Tactility examines themes of remediating obscured and fragmented identities of the past. Framed by theorists such as Marks, Tilley and Bolt, the artworks document the process of ‘encountering’ through the means of being in the presence of and responding to these three rare, Taino idols.
The focus of the exhibition is an approach on connection through the haptic experience, rather than concentrating on Jamaica’s history of slavery and indentured labour. Without enclosed vitrines the work seeks to create an ephemeral bridge from idols symbolised through a collection of hand-made objects. The works interpret unknown ancestors and a historical community of which the artist was unaware growing up in East London as a child of Jamaican parents.
Pivotal to the exhibition are wooden beads — a jewellery analysis of the haptic connection between touching the original Taino idols and recreating that experience in the studio. Supported by jewellery, textured metal with tactile clay, these series of repetitions explore the embodiment of the physical and real experience through the artist’s hands.
Curated by Marcia Swaby, UNSW Art & Design