LIGHTSCAPES / 16 February to 3 August 2015
Knox Place, Melbourne Central
PROJECT SPACE / SPARE ROOM / 16 February to 26 March 2015
The Remote-Controlled Terrorist Coffin (RCTC) is a magic box that houses the violent potential of design.
The RCTC is a model for a full-service terrorist operation, activated from an unspecified location by an unknown operator. It contains both conventional and unconventional weapons to provide a full-range of disruptive options. The RCTC includes a spy drone, surface to air missiles, a large bore mortar cannon, truth gas dispersion unit, attack helicopter squadron, cyber coercion technology and an innovative bio-pestilence feature.
SITUATE / 23 February to 5 July 2015
Wendy Woodson is a choreographer, director, writer, artist and academic from Amherst College (and the Five College Dance Department). She is the Roger C. Holden 1919 Professor of Theater and Dance at Amherst, and founder and Artistic Director of Present Co. Inc.—a non-profit organization that produces and tours new work in different media. Since 1980 Woodson has created 95 works for stage and video presented throughout the U.S. and in Europe, New Zealand and Australia.
SITUATE / Melbourne Residency, 9 March to 9 April 2015
Through her project with the working title Untitled (foxes, foxes, foxes), Aglert will examine how the red fox is situated in contemporary times. She will explore the ideologies, societal structures and value systems that inform our notions of “native” and “invasive”—problematizing these matters through artistic manifestation and materializing the leakages between these seemingly fixed categorical descriptions.
SITUATE / Melbourne Residency, 2 April to 11 April 2015
PROJECT SPACE / SPARE ROOM (Concrete Post 2) / 8 April to 14 May 2015
Dr Christoph Dahlhausen is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Art. He is an artist and curator based in Bonn, Germany who has exhibited widely throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South America. Dr Dahlhausen is a curatorial advisor to Gesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung e.V., Bonn, and the director of Raum 2810 space for contemporary art, Bonn.
PROJECT SPACE / SPARE ROOM / 8 April to 14 May 2015
CONCRETE POST is a collaborative who explores the known and felt experience through a sensitive engagement with Concrete Art,
light, colour, time and materiality. Sculptures, paintings, photographs and digital video will be arranged into a composite artwork that unfolds over time and reveals itself through curiosity and observation.
LIGHTSCAPES / 21 April to 3 August 2015
Building 2 Lightwell
LIGHTSCAPES / 21 April to 3 August 2015
Artist Talk / 29 April 2015 10.30am
“Many people have no concrete concept of death and what it means for them. It has become a taboo topic. In curative medicine, for example, death is treated like an anomaly, its ultimate inevitability ignored. At the same time, our life expectancy is increasing steadily, and old age is experienced more and more as a period of frailty, illness and loneliness.”
Since working on his book Princesses and Football Stars, Schumann became very
interested in the subject of family portraits. In San Francisco, on a Fulbright Grant, this investigation in to family portraits was continued. “I wanted to carry forward the idea of family portraits in such a diverse and liberal city and express the freedom and beauty that I experienced in California.” Schumann decided to take images of LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender] families and couples, as an investigation on the shift in understanding family life.
SITUATE/ Melbourne Residency 4 May to 14 June 2015
In Art in the Age of Asymmetry, Timothy Morton argues, “that we have entered a new era of aesthetics, shaped by the current ecological emergency.” The New Pangea is an abstract body of work by indigenous artist Jason Baerg that considers a disconnected rapport to the environment as a result of our misdirected desire. The Sky, Animals and Land are processed through technology and are translated as flesh, fauna and playful apparatus. Imbedded in the process are intentions to activate resolutions to the encumbering calamity at hand.
Artist Talk / 19 May 10.30am
The Esthetical Society for Transcendental and Applied Realization (now incorporating the Society of Esthetic Realizers) is an established body of private, independent scholars who work collectively to recover, scrutinize, and (where relevant) draw attention to the historicity of the Order of the Third Bird. Associated researchers sift the historical record for evidences of Bird-like attentional practices. The Editorial Committee present its findings to critical audiences in the form of public lectures and demonstrations as well as in print.
PROJECT SPACE / 22 May to 2 July 2015
Michael Belmore is a sculptor who works predominantly with copper, a metal indigenous to many parts of North America. Mountains are literally moved in order to satisfy society’s industrial need for this resource, yet this is also a metal that lacks the connotations of preciousness, when compared to gold and silver. As a pure element, copper has been chosen to correlate to the purity of the landscape, yet it is malleable and readily takes an impression, whether from a calculated or an incautious hammer-blow. Belmore uses material and material processes to investigate how our culture views landscape and sees nature as a commodity.
SPARE ROOM/ 22 May to 2 July 2015
Mass is a transplantation of physical and sonic ambiences delivered via headphone listening and magnifying glass viewing and catalysed by the oppressive heat of the blackened room. The synergy between the components creates a site for examination and an intimate embodied immersion.
This project has been supported by the Bogong Centre for Sound Culture.
SITE EIGHT / 17 June to 25 June 2015
Visions presents a selection of work from RMIT Masters of Fine Arts students who explore how we perceive and interpret the world around us. The exhibition reflects upon concepts of identity, spirituality, space and the everyday form in order to challenge our expectations and assumptions of the lived experience. Including a variety of mediums such as photography, installation, sculpture and drawing, the exhibition explores alternative ways in which the vision of an object can be shaped and interpreted, questioning the way we connect with it as a form, and as an idea.
SITUATE / Melbourne Residency, 1 July to 17 July 2015
Exhibition / TV Moore: With Love & Squalor, 15 August to 27 September 2015, ACCA (111 Sturt Street, Southbank, VIC)
For more than a decade, Moore has maintained an unwavering commitment to creating a body of work that engages with the moving image in all its forms. Using video, animation, performance and sound, as well as painting, photography, sculpture and installation, Moore creates psychedelic, decadent works that reach back to pop, abstract expressionism and surrealism. His works are characterized by an overriding sense of emotion, where energy and angst, perversion and pleasure, seduction and danger co-exist.
PROJECT SPACE / SPARE ROOM / 10 July to 20 August 2015
Lost in Translocation weaves together the work of artists who identify with displacement, migration and diaspora. By uniting and examining the stories that have been formed in the wake of this movement, this exhibition will be used to consider how place affects cultural identity.
SITUATE / Melbourne Residency, 19 July to 1 August 2015
Artist Talk / 23 July 3.30pm, RMIT Building 2, Level 2, Room 2, Bowen Street, Melbourne
The theme of Alex's work has always been focusing on the relationship between Hong Kong and the people who live there. During his two-week stay in Melbourne, he will explore the similarity and difference between the city of Melbourne and Hong Kong in terms of their natural environment and people. Also, he will work on sketches and drawings which will be further developed into a series of paintings when he returns to Hong Kong.
SITUATE / Austrian Residency Krems Exchange, August to November 2015
12 dog cycle is a sound performance collaboration that has been developed over the past decade by Alice Hui-Sheng Chang and Nigel Brown. They pair the voice and accordion in explorations of site and duration. Alice’s vocal explorations include sound from varying tension of physical vocal parts, driving air into alternative passages and vibration of calls and breath. She provokes the intimacy of audience and performer engagement, and challenges the boundary of a presentation site physically and imaginatively. Nigel has developed a performance practice based on the modification, deconstruction, and extension of the piano accordion. Elements of instability and negotiation are central to his practice. Sound is approached through delving into the unknown, be it an unstable instrument, an unfamiliar environment, an improvised encounter, and responding in the moment to unexpected results.
LIGHTSCAPES / 3 August to 23 November 2015
The Honours Program is a full year course of study aimed at devising and producing a refined and informed contemporary art practice.
Research in, and through art is an inseparable part of the practice of an artist and consequently these emerging artists have developed diverse and engaging practices through specifically focused knowledge based research strategies.
This exhibition of photographic light box works enables us to see various artistic gestures that through their sensuality and intelligence are ‘of the world’, but as art forms in the very best sense set themselves apart to form something equivalent, critical or reflective of our contemporaneity.
LIGHTSCAPES / 3 August to 23 November 2015
Building 2 Lightwell
SITE EIGHT / Wednesday 5 August to Thursday 13 August 2015
This annual exhibition marks the presentation of the RMIT Foundation, School of Art Honours Endowment Travelling Scholarships. Each of the four School of Art alumni included in this exhibition were recipients of an award for excellence in studio practice for their 2014 Honours project. Funds from each of the four scholarships are designated for international travel in order to enrich their experience in the field of art, providing them with an RMIT global passport to foster the emergence of their professional careers.
SITUATE / Melbourne Residency, 24 August to 6 September 2015
Artist Talk / 27 August 1.30pm, Gossard Space (RMIT Building 49, Level, 3, Room 49)
Exhibition / For Future Reference, 3 July to 6 September 2015, CCP, 404 George Street, Fitzroy
Nova Paul’s film-making practice draws from early cinema, experimental film histories and Fourth Cinema discourses to consider the poetics and politics of place and time, self-determinacy and the role of story telling.
Paul is a senior lecturer at AUT University and she is undertaking a PhD with Waikato University, New Zealand.
PROJECT SPACE / 28th August to 8 October 2015
Everything and Nothing is a large-scale collaborative sculptural work which responds to the writing of 20th century Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges. Borges was preoccupied with allegory often using spatial structures to construct narratives around more abstract ideas and was interested in the question of "whether the writer writes the story, or it writes him”. Through readings, site visits, and perambulations, the four artists have considered these structures and their associated philosophies and developed a spatially engaging and embodied work.
SPARE ROOM / 28 August to 8 October 2015
Fanni Futterknecht is an Austrian artist who works with video and performance as a means of exploring notions of objectness, character archetypes, artificiality and the relationships between analogue-digital and subject-object. During her Melbourne residency she will continue her research by creating arrangements of small-scaled objects of varying sizes which are unpacked and engaged through spoken narration.
SITUATE / Taiwan Residency, The Taipei National University of the Arts Exchange Residency, September 2015
Renée Ugazio uses metalsmithing and situation specific art practice to explore being in time and place and the nature of material engagement. She does this informed by her original practice as a jeweller.
SITUATE / Canadian Indigenous Arts Residency Exchange — September to October 2015
Kirsten Lyttle is a Melbourne-based multi-media artist who is of Māori descent. Her Iwi (tribe) is Waikato, tribal affiliation is Ngaati Taghina, Tainui A Whiro. Her arts practice explores issues of post-colonialism, identity, consumerism and the expression of Maori customary art (in particular, weaving) through digital technologies, such as photography, scanning, printing and cyber-space(s). Kirsten has exhibited in Australia and internationally including; Indonesian Contemporary Art Network Yogyakarta (Indonesia), Galleria 291 Est. Rome (Italy), and Oedipus Rex Gallery Auckland (New Zealand). In 2012, she won the Patrick Corrigan AM Acquisitive Award as part of the 2012 Kodak Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography.
SITE EIGHT / Tuesday 2 September to Friday 5 September 2015
The W.E. McMillan Collection of Gold and Silversmithing continues to be an artistic measure of time and teaching practice in the School of Art at RMIT University. Foundational to the building of the collection has been the ongoing support of donors. Their sponsored awards ensure the acquisition of selected works on an annual basis to strengthen the Collection.The collection of work identifies trends, influences and craft references in jewellery, silverware and personal objects.
One such award each year is an acquisitive figurative award provided by the Australian poet, A.D. Hope in memory of his daughter Emily Hope, who studied at RMIT and became a Gold and Silversmith of the 1960s. This award has facilitated the collecting of diverse figurative approaches since the 1970s. Figurative Impressions will be the first time the works collected for this award have been exhibited together.
SITUATE / Melbourne Residency, 9 September to 28 September 2015
Eglė's practice is defined through a variety of mediums, video, radio broadcast, or performance, and also explores a certain relationship to the environment. She questions the sensitivity and consciousness of what surrounds us through semi-constructed, semi-improvised situations, between fiction and reality, staged scenario and documentary. The artist dissolves the boundaries between the imaginary and the real in order to analyze the social construction of identity and its relationship to the real.
Artist Talk / 17 September 1.30pm, Gossard Space (RMIT Building 49, Level 3)
Eva Koch’s work is highly varied, from the clearly defined, concrete sculptural element to the immaterial video image. In her video work, she especially circles around human conditions, communication and the common denominator. Characteristic for Eva Koch’s work, whether she chooses sculpture, video or sound as her media, is simplicity. The works are site-specific, installed in such a way as to relate actively to the space around them, and often with an interactive dimension.
SITUATE / Melbourne Residency, 20 September to 10 October 2015
Mixing animation, sculpture and sound, Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg create psychologically charged scenarios dealing with human and animalistic desires. Since 2001, Djurberg has developed a distinctive style of filmmaking, using clay animation to dramatize the basest of natural instincts from jealousy, revenge and greed, to submission and lust. Her partner, the musician and composer Hans Berg, conjures up the atmospheric sound effects and scores the hypnotic music for Djurberg’s animations and installations. In 2004 they began working closely together as a duo to create transgressive narratives rich in symbolic meaning and emotional reach, mining allegorical myths and grotesque, nightmarish visions. The artists’ interdisciplinary collaborations increasingly blur the cinematic, the sculptural, and the performative in immersive environments that pair moving images and musical compositions with related set pieces or built objects.
SITUATE / Melbourne Residency, 7 September to 4 October 2015
SITE EIGHT / 1 October To 8 October 10am-5pm, RMIT School Of Art Gallery (RMIT Building 2, Level 2, Room 8)
Yu Cheng-Ta creates video and moving image that examines the imagined relationship between a subject and an other. His works involve realistic situations which are acted out in live performance to communicate his notion of ‘living theatre’. Play, sarcasm and humour are employed through the improvisation and acting of a script, producing accidents and mistakes that work to challenge our perception. By focusing on the verbal and body language of the performers and interviewees, Yu investigates differences between culture, language and identity.
PROJECT SPACE / SPARE ROOM / 16 October to 19 November 2015
Beginning in Incompleteness: Works in Formation, involves specific research being undertaken by four PhD Candidates in the disciplines of Interior Design and Landscape Architecture, School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University, Melbourne.
The project will explore notions of autonomy, authorship, collaboration and the intermingling of practice, via the confluence of four individual creative works, which demonstrate responsiveness, openness and reflexivity, tested over the duration of the exhibition. Individual gestures begin to produce an overall collaborative work, subsumed by the other.
Artist Talk / 29 October 6pm (with Gabi Schaffner)
authenticity of space # spatial surfaces and volumes / from resonating to decaying # material vibration/room tones # instruments directly playing, without musicians # social dimension of sound # creating SoundPlastic exhibitions # across different media formats, blurring the edges, letting gaps grow and exploring [Un - the World] unexpected unrepeatable unclosed ... # sonic scores video scores # awareness moves along the boundaries of Performance Radio Art Sound Art SoundPlastic Electro Acoustic Visual Art and New Music # decoupling process-based gap #transitional artist
Artist Talk / 29 October 6pm (with Johannes S. Sistermanns)
Gabi Schaffner is active within the realm of field recording, radio art, musique concrète and modern composition. Her compositions draw on the aural qualities and possibilities of site-specific work. Most recordings are assembled during her journeys and she is mainly interested in the musical structures encountered in everyday-life. She searches for patterns, correspondences, rhythms, melodies. The process of combining them is – for her – quite similar to writing a poem.
Concept albums form another important line in Schaffner's work. Grouped around a single poetic idea, they evolve as hybrids between music, fiction and ethnographic writing.
LIGHTSCAPES / 24 November 2015 to 8 February 2016
Surfacing showcases the work of 4 of the RMIT School of Art Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidates. For these artists, the production of their work is informed by the investigation of ideas, process and material. Through their studio practice they conduct speculative inquiry to explore the conceptual and theoretical concerns that underpins their artistic research.