SITE EIGHT / 18 July to 1 August (Opening Wednesday 24 July 5-7pm, Artist & Curator talk Thursday 1 August 5pm, Exhibition open Tuesdays to Fridays 12-5pm)
Aesthetics of Human Relations is an exhibition that explores the narrative of interactivity through a methodical and conceptual approach. Each artist’s work involves an interactive element which invites audience participation through a diverse range of mediums including photographic archive, video game, object, sound and image. The artists investigate how we as individuals relate to and interact with the world through history, other people, animals and events. The artworks' meaning and form evolve through the audience, who act as both active participants and interpreters of the exhibition.
Soyoun Kim is a recipient of the 2019 INTERSECT Curatorial Internship. The Curatorial Internship is a six-month internship which concludes with an exhibition of current RMIT School of Art Honours and Masters of Fine Art students, curated by the intern.
SITUATE / 22 April to 14 July 2019
Garry Moore is the recipient of a 2019 studio residency award at the RMIT SITUATE studios in Melbourne.
SITUATE / 6 May to 14 July 2019
LIGHTSCAPES / 22 July to 3 November 2019
Kate McWilliam is the recipient of a 2019 studio residency award at the RMIT SITUATE studios in Melbourne.
Masquerade is defined as ‘a false show or pretence, to pretend to be someone one is not, a false face or a façade.’ While widely accepted, this definition is flawed. The potential for masquerade to reveal personal and socio-political truths is often overlooked. In Defacing God's Work, Kate McWilliam shifts notions of masquerade from deceptive to revelatory. Simultaneously seductive and repellent, her self-portraits prompt viewers to consult their own preconceptions, beliefs and fears, and to question the assumptions of dominant discourse. Employing and portraying masquerade as a revelatory device, the work utilises masks, makeup, prosthetics, performance through photographic self-portraiture and digital enhancement with intent, agency and reflexivity.
LIGHTSCAPES / 29 April to 22 July 2019 at Knox Place and Rodda Lane
Quantum entanglement shows that there are non-supervenient relations among physical systems over and above the spatio-temporal relations. Curated by Chloe Dann, Quantum Entanglement pairs the work of artists Cecilia Baker and Eden Row to explore photography as a contraction of time and space.
Chloe Dann is a recipient of the 2019 INTERSECT Curatorial Internship. The Curatorial Internship is a six-month internship which concludes with an exhibition at the Lightscapes.
LIGHTSCAPES / 29 April to 22 July 2019 at the Lightwell
Inherently ambiguous in its manifestation, food’s interest lies within the domestication of nature and its sense of otherness, a source of disruption to the body’s equilibrium. This project is an exploration into the symbolic and sensuous nature of the consumed. The work employs tensions embedded within dichotomies that have underpinned culture throughout history, while referencing surrealism to subvert expectations for the photograph to be closely tied to the real.
SITUATE / 22 July to 15 September 2018
PROJECT SPACE / 30 August to 28 September 2018 (Opening Thursday 29 August 5-7pm)
After water, sand is the most extracted natural material by humans, our society is built on it (quite literally) and contrary to what is thought, it is also a limited material whose extraction from the bottom of rivers and oceans is causing irreparable damages in nature. The interdisciplinary project Vestiges investigates the insatiable demand of sand, as well as its socio-political and environmental consequences. More specifically, “Vestiges” will focus on Victoria’s landscape, and this region’s sand mining history. What can the use of sand tell us about the relationship between humankind and nature?
Enar de Dios Rodriguez is a guest of SITUATE as a part of the 2019 SITUATE Austrian Arts Residency Exchange.
PROJECT SPACE / 26 July to 17 August (Opening Thursday 25 July 5–7pm)
Curator and Artist talk Monday 29 July 12.30pm
Sex Positivity Discussion Group Monday 4 August 12.30pm
Both Australia and Taiwan have experienced polarising debates around the issue of same sex or equal marriage. Following a Constitutional Court ruling, Taiwan is set to join the list of countries with marriage equality by May 2019, and will become the first country in Asia to do so. This exhibition will explore how queer artists in both Australia and Taiwan have responded to these intense moments of debate, struggle and change. Each work in the exhibition will have been created during this climate of heightened contestation of queer rights and equality. Featuring collage, video, installation, textile, painting and photography, the exhibition is a diverse look at how artists have both overtly and covertly engaged with queer themes in response to their current social contexts.
SPARE ROOM / 26 July to 17 August (Opening Thursday 25 July 5–7pm)
This exhibition is the outcome of Australian artist Drew Pettifer's residency project at Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts in late 2018. Through a series of video interviews with significant politicians, lawyers and queer rights activists and organisations, the project reveals some of the histories around the ongoing marriage equality and LGBTQIA+ debates in Taiwan. In 2017 the Taiwanese Constitutional Court in Taiwan ruled the existing marriage laws unconstitutional and gave parliament two years to amend them. On 24 May 2019 new legislation introduced a separate law legalising same sex marriage. Australia’s recent marriage equality and LGBTQIA+ rights debates share some similarities with the Taiwanese context, offering a unique opportunity for discourse, exchange and reflection.
SITUATE / 27 July to 23 September 2019 at Sarang Building, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Lauren Herbison is the recipient of the 2019 studio residency award at the Sarang Building. Lauren will undertake this two-month studio residency in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
SPEAKER / Monday 19 August 12.30-1.30pm
Darren Sylvester is a true multidisciplinary artist working in photography, sculpture, video, installation, performance and music. Often the results are of a detailed process of planning and research, involving a wide range of pop culture elements where resurrected moments and artefacts are designed to investigate the language between high and low culture, mixing together authenticity, desirability and mortality.
In this presentation, Sylvester will discuss the beginnings, research and outcomes of his 2018 exhibition, Out of Life that began with the purchase of an unknown space costume from an auction house in Los Angeles.
SITUATE / 1 August to 24 October 2019 at Eastside International Los Angeles, United States of America
Keith Clancy is the recipient of the 2019 studio residency award at Eastside International Los Angeles (ESXLA). Keith will undertake a three-month studio residency at ESXLA, located in the Brewery art colony complex in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles. This award has been generously supported by Eastside International Los Angeles.
SPARE ROOM / 30 August to 28 September 2019 (Opening Thursday 29 August 5-7pm)
Currently there are more unused mobile phones per head of population in Australia. Research in sustainable practice continues to question the methods of reclaiming, reusing and recycling materials in a global economy based on built-in obsolescence. In response to the proliferation of e-waste globally and in consideration of the processing of recyclates artists Nicky Hepburn, Liv Boyle and Belinda Newick will explore and repurpose materials of e-waste into jewellery and objects.
SITUATE / 20 August to 28 October 2018
Katie Lee is the 2019 recipient of the Austrian Arts Residency Exchange.
SITUATE / 9 September to 1 December 2019
Isabel Buck is the recipient of a 2019 studio residency award at the RMIT SITUATE studios in Melbourne.
SITUATE / September 2019
Sara Retallick is a recipient of the 2019 Honours Travelling Grants, an award generously supported by RMIT University School of Art. Sara will be participating in a residency with Annea Lockwood and Leah Barclay at CAMP France in September, where she will develop a site-responsive project.
SITUATE / 30 October to 22 December 2019
Camila Quintero is the recipient of a 2019 studio residency award at the RMIT SITUATE studios in Melbourne.