LIGHTSCAPES/ 22 February to 17 June 2014 at Rodda Lane and the Lightwell
In conjunction with the 2014 White Night Festival, RMIT:ART:INTERSECT presents Lightscapes Projects 5 —an exhibition of ten lightboxes which showcase both current students and graduates. The illuminative quality of the lightbox structures themselves perforate the University, it's people and places with light.
PROJECT SPACE SPARE ROOM / 28 February to 13 March 2014
Conditions of uncertainty appear to characterise much of our contemporary experience as we encounter a period marked by boundless knowledge and expanding information. And it is in this sustained exchange between the known and unknown that we are offered a way to distinguish what remains open to us ‘… a world of impermanence and interpenetration, a molecular world of becoming’. (O’Sullivan, S 2010, ‘The Aesthetics of Affect: Thinking art beyond representation’, Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, vol. 6, n.3)
SITUATE/ Melbourne Residency 3 March 2014 to 12 February 2015
Lijun Wang’s academic career has traversed a number of fields from visual design in the cinematic avant-garde to Spiritual Ecology in landscape art and design. Her research crosses over with several schools within the College of Design and Social Context and she will seeking to make connections and share experiences across her areas of interest during her yearlong stay at RMIT.
SITE EIGHT / 6 March to 14 March 2014
Fieldwork takes an agricultural practice into an inner city environment as a means of setting up an aesthetic and contextual juxtaposition. It uses colour and action to question the use of vacant city terrain. This exhibition will contain the history and observations of this Masters in Public Art Project that took place between August 2013 and March 2014.
PROJECT SPACE / 21 March to 17 April 2014
Walking the Merri expands on a seven-day performative walk undertaken by Rebecca Mayo and Lesley Harding in March 2013. Following the Merri Creek from its source at Heathcote Junction to its confluence with the Yarra River in Abbotsford, they traced the meanderings and human redirections of this historically significant and contested waterway.
SPARE ROOM / 21 March to 17 April 2014
Fugitive Presence proposes a transient materiality, evoked by simple constructions in balance and tension, supported by sound and light. In contained space form is brought out of darkness, translucence and simple forms hinting at an evanescent present. Darkness and subdued sound seek to allow a contemplative mood
SITE EIGHT / 10 April to 18 April 2014
This annual exhibition marks the presentation of the RMIT Foundation, School of Art Honours Endowment Travelling Scholarships. Two awards will be presented to School of Art honours students who display excellence in studio practice. Funds from the scholarship are designated for international travel, enriching the student’s experiensce and providing them with an RMIT global passport.
PROJECT SPACE /2 May to 29 May 2014
SITUATE / 1 April to 11 May 2014
Amy Malbeuf and Jordan Bennett are multi-disciplinary visual artists from Canada and, as a collaborative, are Neon Kohkom. Through their practice they survey notions of identity, tradition, spirituality, consumerism, and pop culture. During their residency they will create work related to themes of misrepresentation and exaggeration in relation to ideas of Indigeneity.
SPARE ROOM / 2 May to 29 May 2014
For some shaving is a chore; for others it is a time for meditation and thought. Shaving is a ritual that is uniquely masculine, yet unlike many male rituals it is not loaded with negative connotations. It is not about controlling or battling, nor is it about winning or defeating. It is about maintenance and reflection.
SITE EIGHT / 8 May to 16 May 2014
we see to understand and give so you might show us
V (five rooms) is a durational immersive work exploring the action of observation. More of a facility than an installation, more hall of mirrors than Hermitage, V places its audience in the roles of subject, viewer and performer and subjects them to a strange process in an alienating environment
LIGHTSCAPES / 17 June 2014 to 7 October 2014 at Knox Place, Rodda Lane and the Lightwell
SIX presents the work of twelve current RMIT School of Art Students from the Melbourne and Hong Kong campuses. Installed across three city locations, the exhibition gives the artists the opportunity to show their work outside the traditional gallery environment. SIX also celebrates the addition of a new location for the Project in Knox Place at Melbourne Central. Each artist explores and responds to the context of the lightboxes, drawing inspiration from the city itself by investigating notions of time, space, light and the conditions of the urban milieu.
PROJECT SPACE / 6 June to 3 July 2014
Edgoose investigates our perceptions of the vessel, and how craft objects appear, inhabit, extend into and pertain to both space and viewer. Triggers explores and broadens the traditional identity and role of these objects, expanding them from self-contained entities into artworks that connect and create relationships – between themselves; to their environment; and to the viewer.
SPARE ROOM / 6 JUNE TO 3 JULY 2014
Object 1 takes a useless spatial object and turns it into an interesting temporal one. Framed by sound and light the nondescript figure shadowcasts an intriguing, unfolding ground. As a delicate visual art work, the sculpture focuses our attention on the subtle shifts in shadow whilst audiovisual interactions intimately manipulate our perceptions of mood, time and space.
SITE EIGHT / 3 July to 11 July 2014
Still Cinema draws on the intersecting traditions of film and photography and investigates how a still, silent photograph can convey the emotion, feeling and narrative power of the cinema. This series of re-staged scenes explores the complexities and intimacies, the longing and contemplation, and the fear and loathing that inhabits contemporary relationships.
PROJECT SPACE / SPARE ROOM/ 18 JULY TO 14 AUGUST 2014
Spatial Dialogues investigates the environmental and cultural significance of water in three cities in the Asia-Pacific region: Melbourne, Shanghai and Tokyo. The video, sound, site-specific installation and online gaming works draw attention to cross-cultural dialogues about water, its relationship to climate change and how these impact on urban and regional ecologies.
SITE EIGHT / 7 August to 15 August 2014
Each year the Gallery Coordinator selects what he finds to be the most exciting work by students from all studio areas to present in Crème.
SITE EIGHT / 19 June to 27 June 2014
An exhibition of work by students from the School of Art Master of Fine Art program
Curated by Katie Paine in collaboration with Coalesce ARI
Six wrapped packages sit piled in an overflowing suitcase; their pristine surfaces belying the great distance they have travelled. A couple whirls in jarring circles across the floor in an eerie, constricted waltz. Richly painted orbs cast a neon glow against the wall. A man lies stretched out with his dog, his leathery skin scorched by the ground beneath him. A woman gazes out at a camera, her words muffled by a mask.
Presented by Coalesce ARI, This Must be the Place is a collaboration between RMIT’s Hong Kong and Melbourne Master of Fine Art students. The exhibition explores how individuals relate to the place in which they reside and how we represent our national identity—individually and collectively.
PROJECT SPACE / 22 August to 18 September 2014
SITUATE / 7 July to 31 August 2014
Hochgerner’s works puts the relationship between human beings and common technological devices under surveillance as a means of carefully considering the definitions and notions of subject(ivity) and object(ivity). Relying on absurd and experimental ways of thinking, her projects explore the process of mechanical production. Hochgerner is the recipient of the 2014 RMIT iAIR and AIR Krems residency exchange between Austria and Australia, which is supported by Lower Austria.
SPARE ROOM / 22 AUGUST TO 18 SEPTEMBER 2014
Burke’s performative artworks on the street and in the marketplace use humour and street vendor-style strategies to engage directly with audiences. Streetworks explores ways that art can connect with audiences in real life situations and how spontaneous interactions on the street can animate public trust and facilitate exchange.
PROJECT SPACE / 26 September to 23 October 2014
Faux Novel celebrates the shift between the material and the immaterial in contemporary art. By focusing on signs in images, Hill and Lacroix play on objectivity and explore text and fictional storytelling as an art and exhibition-making strategy.
SITE EIGHT / 14 September to 12 September 2014
The Museum of Abject Sentimentality examines how contemporary artists use the abject object to explore historical notions of the Sublime. This faux museum investigates the implications of Freidrich Schillers’ essay “On Naïve and Sentimental Poetry” (1795 -1796), in which the author contemplates the interrelation of art, literature and abjection
SPARE ROOM / 26 September to 23 October 2014
Body Talk is a dance video that parodies the TV Variety Show styles of the 1970s and 80s. The project explores how choreography, media and performance can be used to encourage or provoke feelings of remoteness and/or intimacy. Chilvers’ practice investigates the participatory nature of pop, drawing on the overlaps between music, film, television and contemporary performance art.
SITE EIGHT / 2 October to 10 October 2014
Creature Comfort is an installation of sculptural forms based on primitive organisms and inspired by themes from Frankenstein. Rossitto brings life to dormant materials through craft assembly—weaving and sewing—and light, threading the needle between biological science, science fiction and artificial life
PROJECT SPACE / SPARE ROOM / 31 October to 20 November 2014
The Bloke Show brings together seven artists who explore masculinity from different perspectives, whether critiquing white male colonisation of indigenous cultures, celebrating sporting heroes, or contemplating rural male isolation. Brought together, the works in The Bloke Show create a complex and layered reading of Australian male identity in contemporary society.
The exhibition forms the culmination of the 2014 RMIT Print Imaging Practice Residency. Artists have been commissioned to develop a print edition, which will be available for purchase from the galleries.
LIGHTSCAPES / 7 October 2014 to 10 February 2015 2014 at Knox Place, Rodda Lane and the Lightwell
Material Interruptions presents the work of thirteen current RMIT School of Art students from the Melbourne and Hong Kong campuses. The lightboxes become interruptions to the urban landscape, fleeting interventions that transport the viewer momentarily from one context to another. Installed across three city locations, the exhibition gives artists the opportunity to show their work outside the traditional gallery environment.
SITE EIGHT / 12 November to 21 November 2014
Azimuth makes reference to the ‘points of view’ from which we view, experience and create in the world. This exhibition brings together a group of contemporary object makers who explore the trajectories of practices borne out of ceramics, and gold and silversmithing traditions.
PROJECT SPACE / SPARE ROOM / 27 November to 11 December 2014
The Print Imaging Practice studio presents 14 diverse and innovative emerging art practitioners.
SITE EIGHT / 27 November to 5 December 2014
(details) provides a glimpse into the art practices of a selection of graduating Honours students from the Sculpture, Sound and Spatial Practice studio.