PROJECT SPACE SPARE ROOM / 10 February to 23 March 2017
Polar Patterns is a group exhibition curated by Dr Philip Samartzis designed to articulate the eco-acoustic characteristics and atmospheric effects that dynamically pervade Antarctica. The exhibition includes sound recordings of extreme weather events, images of ice cores, and photographs and text works describing the ephemeral qualities of the polar region.
LIGHTSCAPES / 21 February to 18 June 2017 at Rodda Lane
Empire of Dirt is a site-responsive research project and public artwork located in Rodda Lane, engaging both the public space and the Rodda Lane LIGHTSCAPES .
SITE EIGHT / 20 April to 4 May 2017
Intercambio: 24 Stops is an artistic journey along two train lines - the Upfield line of Melbourne and the Hershey line of Havana, Cuba. Developed on an investigative residency, Intercambio is a series of reflective drawings collaged with detritus gleaned from the urban transport environment.
This project is being presented by Prof. Julian Goddard, Head of the RMIT School of Art.
LIGHTSCAPES / 21 February to 18 June 2017 at Knox Place and the RMIT Building 2 Lightwell
Each year INTERSECT showcases a selection of exceptional work from the School of Art's most recent graduating students in the Lightscapes. Located in the busy thoroughfare of Knox Lane at Melbourne Central, HIghlights provides these artists a pathway to exhibit immediately after graduation.
SPEAKER / 22 March 2017, 12.30-1.30PM at RMIT Building 1, level 2, room 17
Anne Noble is recognised as a major figure in New Zealand photography, and is known for creating work that demonstrates both formal beauty and critical investigation. She has addressed a range of issues from landscape to religion, the personal to the political, including an extensive body of work on Antartica that challenges its representation as picturesque and sublime.
SPEAKER / 15 March 2017, 12.30-1.30pm at RMIT Building 1, Level 2, Room 17
Megan Cope is an exciting young artist with a quickly growing profile, attracting attention for her paintings, video work, sculptural installations and site-specific commissions. A Quandamooka woman from North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, her work explores the intricate relationship between environment, geography and identity. Maps feature prominently in Cope’s work; she draws on toponymy (the study of place names) to probe myths and methodologies around colonisation.
PROJECT SPACE / SPARE ROOM / 31 March to 11 May 2017 (Opening 30 March 5—7PM)
An exhibition celebrating two decades of the Australian Print Workshop Collie Print Trust Scholarship for Emerging Victorian Printmakers, curated by Dr Richard Harding and Anne Virgo OAM, with essay by Dr Ruth Johnstone.
SITUATE / 10 April to 21 May 2017
SPEAKER / 26 April 2017, 12:30-1:30PM at RMIT Building 1, level 2, room 17
PROJECT SPACE / 19 May to 29 June 2017 (Opening 18 May 5-7pm)
Judy Anderson’s work is deeply personal with a focus on spirituality, family, and graffiti with the purpose of honoring people in her life. Her current work honours Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women who have blazed a trail by changing lives and inspiring others, including hers. These installations include beading, handmade-paper, furs, traditionally tanned moose hide, sound and found objects that reveal the complexities of personal relationships.
SPARE ROOM / 19 May to 29 June 2017 (Opening 18 May 5-7PM)
Kieren Seymour is a Melbourne-based artist who's practice is primarily image-based and informed by fragments of politics, economics and personal experiences stitched together with absurdity and humour. He works across multiple mediums, realising works through video, digital painting and photography.
SITE EIGHT / 16 to 28 June 2017 (Opening 15 June 5-7pm, Opening Hours Monday to Saturday 1-5pm or by appointment)
Unintended is an experiential inquiry into the process of meaning-making that stems from our interactions with Contemporary art. The exhibition assembles a collection of sculptural works that re-purpose, re-contextualise and re-invent everyday objects, creating a multi-sensory landscape of anticipation and inquiry. By considering the performative capacity of the art object, its materiality, and construction, Unintended breathes new life into formerly quotidian objects.
Jessica Clark is a curatorial intern at RMIT:ART:INTERSECT and is currently a Master of Art (Arts Management) candidate in the School of Art. Rikki-Paul Bunder, Dom Krapski and Garry Moore are currently undertaking a Master of Fine Art also in the School of Art.
SPEAKER / 25 May 2017, 4.30PM at RMIT Building 13, level 3, room 9
SITUATE / 25 May 2017 to 4 June 2017
Andrea Grützner is in German artist who is in Melbourne to present two bodies of work at the Centre for Contemporary Photography. Both projects are related to a specific guesthouse in Saxony. These series focus on the architecture, history and activities of the space—itself a cultural centre of its village. Within her images, interiors become projection screens for generations of memories and emotions that have occupied the spaces.
SPEAKER / 5 April 2017, 12.30-1.30PM at RMIT Building 1, level 2, room 17
Eugenia Lim is an Australian artist who works across video, performance and installation. Interested in how nationalism and stereotypes are formed, Lim invents personas to explore the tensions of an individual within society – the alienation and belonging in a globalised world.
SITUATE / 12 June to 30 July 2017
PROJECT SPACE / 14 July to 17 August 2017 (Opening 20 July 5-7pm)
Lilo Nein is a guest of SITUATE as a part of the SITUATE Austrian Arts Residency Exchange.
SPEAKER / Wednesday 26 July 2017, 12.30-1.30pm at RMIT Building 1, Level 2, Room 17
Jason Maling is an artist who constructs compositions of social agency that move between comedy and critique. He explores individual and collective expressions of play through processes of public invitation, exchange and negotiation. Jason’s practice is both solo and highly collaborative and he often engages with unusual sites, subcultures and communities. He co-founded art collective Field Theory in 2009 and his recent projects include the podcast series Kids vs Art, the durational broadcast 9000 Minutes (Queen Victoria Market), The Physician, an ongoing cultural anxiety treatment program for art Institutions (MCA Sydney, City Gallery, Wellington) and Vanitas, a transmedia thriller for smartphones (Melbourne General Cemetery). Jason is currently developing a major new project with Field Theory called Final Visions which is part of the upcoming ACCA show Greater Together.
SPEAKER / Wednesday 9 August 2017, 12.30-1.30pm at RMIT Building 1, Level 2, Room 17
Penny Byrne’s sculptural works are politically charged, highly engaging and often disarmingly humorous. Using materials such as vintage porcelain figurines and found objects, bronze and glass, Byrne’s work presents an ongoing inquiry into popular culture and international politics. Her background in ceramics conservation and the law informs her practice. Byrne’s ability to work across varying mediums exemplifies how she challenges the boundaries and assumptions around her art. In 2015 she exhibited in the Venice Biennale exhibition Glasstress Gotika at Palazzo Franchetti.
SITUATE / 6 March to 2 April 2017
SPARE ROOM / 14 July to 17 August 2017
Miok Chung is an artist from South Korea and a Professor at the School of Art in Keimyung University (Daegu, Korea). She predominantly works as a painter with a focus on concepts of line and repetition.
SITUATE / 31 July to 20 August 2017
Félicia Atkinson is a French artist and musician. She works in painting, drawing, sculpture, text, noise, landscape, abstraction and poetry inspired by her travels. Atkinson also creates electronic music and co-publishes the independent imprint Shelter Press/curatorial platform Argument with Bartolomé Sanson. She has exhibited her work widely in group and solo shows across Europe, Mexico, and the United States. She attended l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris.
In Australia she is performing her latest album Hand in Hand (Shelter Press 2017) around the country, doing residencies at Bundannon Trust and at the Warawatha forest, presenting an exhibition at BLINDSIDE and giving talks and workshops.
SITE EIGHT / 3 to 17 August 2017 (Opening Thursday 3 August 5-7pm)
Each year the School of Art awards a number of Honours Travelling Awards to students with the aim of supporting Honours graduates who demonstrate outstanding levels of art practice and academic achievement. Three to four selected graduates are assisted each year through the provision of a grant awarded to undertake overseas travel for the purposes of research. And the awardees are also invited to present new work in a group exhibition in SITE EIGHT during the year that follows the awarding of their grants.
SPEAKER / Wednesday 16 August 2017, 12.30-1.30PM at RMIT Building 1, Level 2, Room 17
Fujui Wang has played a key role in establishing sound art as an artistic field in Taiwan. In 1993 he founded the country's first experimental record label and publication, Noise, and today he is an Assistant Professor of New Media Art at the Taipei National University of the Arts. He has performed internationally, including 2015 Digital Art Festival Taipei, B!as 2015: Taiwan-Belgium Sound Art Exchange Project, Transmediale 2014 Berlin, TonLagen Festival 2014 Dresden, Queens International 2013 New York, Ars Electronica Center 2013 Linz, Venice Biennale 2011.
Fujui Wang and Yi Lu established Soundwatch Studio in Taipei in 2011 as a space to promote the creation, exhibition, performance and renovation of experimental audio art. Since then hosted performances, workshops, collaborations and dialogue between local, national and international practitioners of sound.
SITUATE / 7 August to 20 August 2017
Born in 1947, Michel Chion is a composer, filmmaker, historian and writer – and arguably the world’s foremost thinker on sound in cinema.
SPEAKER / 23 August 2017 12:30-1:30pm at RMIT Building 1, Level 2, Room 17.
Helen Britton completed a Master of Fine Arts by research at Curtin University, Western Australia and postgraduate study at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. Helen’s work is held in the National Gallery of Australia, in the Pinakothek der Modern, Munich, the Schmuck Museum Pforzheim, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Boston Museum of Fine Art and The Metropolitan Museum, New York, among others. Helen has received the Herbert Hofmann Prize, the state prize of Bavaria, the Förder Preis of the city of Munich, and in 2014 was artist in residence at Villa Bengel in Idar Öbersten. She was Artist in Residence in 2015 at the invitation of Janet Holmes á Court at Vasse Felix in Western Australia. In 2017 the Lawrence Wilson gallery at UWA in conjunction with the Festival of Perth will present an overview of Helen’s practice to date.
SITE EIGHT / 24 August to 1 September 2017 (Opening Thursday 24 August 5-7pm, Opening hours Monday to Saturday 1-5pm)
The Grid Reimagined explores the constructed environment of the city in both the process of making jewellery and in the objects themselves. Combining techniques of digital technologies with observations of three international cities – New York, Melbourne and Shanghai, the work reveals the complex interactions between people and the urban landscape.
PROJECT SPACE / SPARE ROOM / 25 August to 28 September 2017 (Opening 24 August 5—7pm)
David Bielander (Switzerland), Helen Britton (Australia) and Yutaka Minegishi (Japan) are jewellers and artists who have worked together since 2002 from a shared atelier in Munich. Each has developed a highly regarded international practice based on entirely distinct visual languages, rigorous personal research and a highly crafted, innovative approach to materials. These distinct practices are drawn together in this exhibition, in a presentation that recreates the convivial, collective atmosphere of the shared studio.
SPARE ROOM / 25 August to 28 September 2017 (Opening Thursday 24 August 5-7pm)
Precisely is a tribute to Sue Lorraine’s late father, architect and artist Hans Lorraine. Bringing together the artists’ interest in scientific research, representation and personal memories of her father, the works reflect on their qualities of ingenuity, resourcefulness and invention. By drawing on mathematical, engineering and architectural sources, the objects in the exhibition pay homage to Lorraine’s father’s modest and precise life. The works are both insightful and inventive, lovingly and precisely crafted as a celebration of a creative life.
SITUATE / 17 August to 29 October 2017 at AIR Krems, Austria
Jeremy Bakker is the recipient of the 2017 SITUATE Austrian Arts Residency Exchange.
SPEAKER / 29 March 2017, 12.30-1.30pm at RMIT Building 24, Level 1, Room 1
SITUATE / 1 September to 14 October 2017 at TNUA and KdMoFA, Taiwan
James Geurts is the recipient of the SITUATE Taiwanese Arts Residency Exchange.
SITUATE / 20 September to 30 October 2017
SITE EIGHT / Friday 5 to Thursday 26 October 2017
Yin-Hua Chu is the recipient of the 2017 Taiwanese Arts Residency Exchange, supported by RMIT University and the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts. Deciphering Cities_Melbourne uses the city of Melbourne as a point of departure. By tracing and sketching fragmented references of Melbourne found on the internet, including vintage maps, old photographs and film stills, Yin-Hua visualises her imagination of Melbourne before her actual arrival. During the residency period Yin-Hua will use these source materials to construct the gallery space and invite ‘Greeters’ (local volunteers who guide tourists on free walking tours of the city) to present this ‘Imagined Melbourne’.
LIGHTSCAPES / 26 June to 29 October 2017
The 50s and 60s were the golden age of Hong Kong's movie industry. At that time, a unique approach was adopted to overlap images on the film to create a variety of visual experiences. This project, which was developed by Hong Kong artist Carol Lee Mei-Kuen, uses as its ground a series of historical movie posters from this period. Dialogue Across the Years considers the role and position of the public and of advertising in both this source material and its light box installation. Through "time drawing", Lee reproduces, remembers and reinvigorates some of the captivating and wonderful stories of Hong Kong's cultural history.
LIGHTSCAPES / 26 June to 29 October 2017 at Knox Place
RMIT:ART:INTERSECT presents the work of three students from the Master of Fine Arts program delivered through the Hong Kong Art School in collaboration with RMIT University.
SITUATE / 1 August to 10 October 2017
PROJECT SPACE / 6 October to 16 November 2017 (Opening 5 October 5-7pm)
Rui MIzuki is a Kyoto-based artist who is the recipient of the 2017 SITUATE / Asialink / Tokyo Wondersite residency exchange. His project will explore Melbourne's urban environment through drawing and photography, with a particular focus on skate culture.
LIGHTSCAPES / 26 June to 29 October 2017
Weng Io Wong's Encroachment aims to look into the relationship between human consciousness and technology. Her work investigates the complex and interlacing relationship between self and virtual identity, specifically paying attention to the qualities of anonymity and repetition that manifest there.
SPARE ROOM / 6 October to 16 November 2017
A Female is a moving sculptural installation, made of timber, paint and springs, which investigate the spectacle, the female breast and touch. Through explorative participatory touch, the “suspended painting” is visually transformed into a fascinating visual experience, hovering between the bodily and the object.
LIGHTSCAPES / 30 October 2017 to 28 January 2018 at the RMIT Building 2 Lightwell
Long lived by the idea of a starry sky, this series explores the Australian night sky and its stars as an investigation of light, detail and texture. Reinforced by the presentation in lightboxes, these landscapes are forced into an artificial setting, mimicking the light illuminated from the galaxy. The tactility of the print medium is also extended by the puncturing of fine holes through the print to emphasize texture.