LIGHTSCAPES / 4 April to 22 July 2018 at Knox Place, Rodda Lane and the 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 across all three LIGHTSCAPES Sites, Highlights provides these artists a pathway to exhibit in public space immediately after graduation.
LIGHTSCAPES / 30 October 2017 to 1 April 2018
Hive is a series of photographic works shot throughout RMIT’s New Academic Street, a large area of the University that is currently undergoing a major reconstruction and transformation.
LIGHTSCAPES / 30 October 2017 to 1 April 2018 at Knox Place
Forming a part of the 2017 Graduate Exhibition for the Master of Arts – Art in Public Space this series of images represents works undertaken in the public realm by five of our recent Graduates: Luping Chen, Grace Leone, Jasmine Pilcher, Julie Stevens and Lyndall Watson.
Candidates explore the public realm in keeping with their arts practice and research interests. These images present a curated mapping of the research journey undertaken in a range of public contexts that engage in conversations around borders, cities and construction, affect and immersion, infrastructure and memory.
Aoife Coleman is one of the recipients of the 2018 Honours Travelling Scholarship, an award which is generously supported by RMIT University School of Art. Aoife will be travelling to Iceland to attend a remote art school for three months and will be undertaking a series of workshops specialising in conceptual performance, spatial and sound art practice.
SITUATE / 3 February to 6 March 2018
SITE EIGHT / 2 March - 15 March 2018 (Opening Thursday 1 March 5-7pm)
Tisna Sanjaya is a leading contemporary artist from Indonesia. Born in 1958 in Bandung, West Java, he currently lives and works in Bandung.
From 5 February to 6 March Tisna Sanjaya will engage in a month-long residency at the School of Art, culminating in an exhibition in the RMIT School of Art at SITE EIGHT gallery space.
PROJECT SPACE / 31 January to 23 March 2018 (Opening Thursday 22 February 5-7pm)
SPEAKER / Tuesday 13 March 12.30pm-1.30pm
For this newly commissioned exhibition at RMIT Project Space, Just will present an installation of a new series of neon works inspired by the use of feminist hashtags in social media spaces to generate dialogue and attention about the current issue of sexual harassment and violence against women. Focussing on the placement of four key neon phrases, including How I Will Change, upon pastel painted walls, Just’s installation highlights the undercurrent of optimism and inclusion in texts which centre on sharing, solidarity and social transformation.
SPARE ROOM / 31 January to 22 March 2018 (Opening Thursday 22 February 5-7pm)
LIGHTSCAPES / 31 January to 1 April 2018 at the Building 2 Lightwell
Take the leap into the queer digital realm with this extraordinary project that gathers together digital artworks by queer identifying artists from across the globe, presented by QueerTech.io and Midsumma Festival in association with Testing Grounds, ACMI and RMIT:ART:INTERSECT.
Themes emerging from the 2018 selection include digitally-born queer utopias, queer re-imaginings of computer game platforms, and interactive works that extend the digital as a queer prosthesis. The project will feature over twenty artists engaged in making neural networks, augmented reality, computer games, interactive websites and video art.
Jarryd Cooper is the recipient of the 2018 studio residency award and will be travelling to the Leipzig International Art Programme (LIA), located in the historic and thriving Spinnerei art complex in Leipzig, Germany. Jarryd's residency will conclude with a solo exhibition at the Australian Embassy in Berlin.
SITUATE / 10 March to 22 April 2018
SPEAKER / 27 March 2018, 12.30-1.30PM at RMIT building 12, level 7 room 2
Isabel Nuño de Buen (Mexico City, 1985*) is an artist working in the fields of sculpture and drawing. Her sprawling, fragmentary, large-scale sculptural installations are built with inexpensive materials such as cardboard, papier maché, plaster and steel to create what resemble outsized maquettes of a decidedly lyrical nature.
Bakhtyar Kaftan is the recipient of the 2018 studio residency award and will be travelling to the Gurodong Studio in Gurodong, Seoul, South Korea. Bakhtyar’s residency will conclude with a solo exhibition at the Sangmyung University Gallery, Space Zero Gallery.
SPEAKER / Friday 6 April 2018 7-8pm
Adam Linder (b. 1983, Sydney) lives and works in Los Angeles and Berlin. He makes stage works and provides Choreographic Services.
SPEAKER / Tuesday 10 April 2018, 12.30pm-1.30pm at RMIT Building 12, Level 7, Room 2
Nikki Lam is a visual artist, curator and arts worker based in Melbourne. Nikki’s practice engages in the complexity of belonging through the exploration of self, memory and space. Working primarily with the moving image, she is passionate about the cross-sections of screen cultures, media arts and cultural narratives. She is interested in exploring the translations of hybrid identities, often through studies of rituals, language and representations.
SPEAKER / Tuesday 17 April 2018, 12.30pm at RMIT Building 12, Level 7, Room 2
TextaQueen is known for using the humble felt-tip marker to draw out complex politics of gender, race, sexuality and identity.
SPEAKER / Tuesday 24 April 2018, 12.30pm at RMIT Building 12, Level 7, Room 2
Artist, DJ and musician Betty Apple will present an artist talk on her practice and philosophy as a contemporary Taiwanese performer.
PROJECT SPACE SPARE ROOM / Friday 6 April to Thursday 10 May 2018
(Book Launch Thursday 5 April 5-7pm, with opening remarks by Prof. Daniel Palmer)
RMIT:ART:INTERSECT presents the Australian launch of ISLAND, a new publication project created by Ian Strange. This is a companion to his body of photographic work of the same name created in the USA between 2015 and 2018. This limited edition publication will be exclusively available at the launch and will be exhibited alongside photographic works, artefacts and drawings from the ISLAND series.
ISLAND is published by PAMPAM Press with the support of Ian Strange Studio, Australia Council for the Arts and the Australian Cultural Fund.
SITUATE / 1 May to 12 May 2018
SITE EIGHT / 9 May to 24 May 2018 (Opening Thursday 10 May 5 - 7pm)
SPEAKER/ 9 May 2018 7:30 - 8:30pm at RMIT Building 80, Level 2, Room 7
The first one-person exhibition in Australia of work by the London-based artist David Batchelor. For the past twenty five years, Batchelor has been exploring the strange complexities of colour in works that encompass sculpture, installation, painting, drawing, photography and animation. He has also published a number of books and essays on colour, including Chromophobia (2000). In this exhibition Batchelor will show over one hundred drawings, together with photographs, some new animations, and a group of sculptures made during his visit to Melbourne.
SITUATE / 7 April to 1 June 2018
PROJECT SPACE / 18 May to 21 June 2018 (Opening Thursday 17 May 5-7pm)
Chien-Ju Chia is the recipient of the 2018 Taiwanese Arts Residency Exchange, supported by RMIT University and the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts. During her residency in Melbourne, Chien-Ju will explore particular everyday objects to find a link between the city and its people in order to capture a single colour that represents Melbourne. Through a period of observation and exploration, she aims to find the particular visual impact of a city which in turn stimulates a specific sense of place.
SPARE ROOM / 18 May to 21 June 2018 (Opening Thursday 17 May 5-7pm, with opening remarks by Peter Westwood)
Lucie McIntosh's exhibition and research based practice explores the politics surrounding notions of the image and the materialities of the photographic ‘image object’. McIntosh engages with themes of knowledge, perception and representation, reflecting upon the nature of seeing by building relationships between viewers, objects and space.
Penelope Moye is one of the recipients of the 2018 Honours Travelling Scholarship, an award which is generously supported by RMIT University School of Art. Penelope plans to travel to the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Italy to undertake research focused on the initiation of a project at the intersection of art and psychoanalysis. The intended travel will allow Penelope to develop and deepen her research into the confluence of psychoanalytic theory and processes and her art practice. As she intends to continue studying and practicing in both areas, the trip will allow Penelope to visit and investigate the prominent institutions of art and psychoanalysis in Europe where it may be possible to continue her studies at a post-graduate level.
SITE EIGHT / 13 to 28 June 2018 (Opening Thursday 14 June 5-7pm)
With a flair for the abject, four artists are navigating the narrow path between “I” and “it” to investigate what it means to be human. Each work asks the viewer to confront the visceral, to embrace it in order to find new ways of looking and understanding who, what, and why we are.
Julian Cobb is a recipient of the 2018 RMIT:ART: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.
PROJECT SPACE / 29 June to 9 August (Opening Thursday 28 June 5-7pm)
This exhibition will showcase a collection of paintings developed by Indigenous artists from the Martu community that explore their local environment. The project, curated by Dr Damian Smith, celebrates the rich and uniquely inter-cultural location that is the Pilbara shire in Western Australia.
SPARE ROOM / 29 June to 9 August (Opening Thursday 28 June 5-7pm)
Between 2014 and 2017 the West Australian Shire of East Pilbara ran an international artist residency in the remote mining town of Newman. Over the three successive years, three artists—Hannah Quinlivan [AUS], Yasuaki Onishi [JPN] and Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya [USA]—developed successive bodies of work. In 2017, these artists worked with curator Dr Damian Smith to develop an exhibition of works.
This project will show a combination of the documentation from the Art at the Heart project as well as Chloe Bartram's photojournalistic impressions of the Shire.
SPEAKER / Tuesday 17 July 2018, 6:30-7:30pm at RMIT Building 94, Level 1, Room 6
Matthys Gerber is a Sydney-based painter born in the Netherlands in 1956.
Since the 1980’s his work has addressed contemporary painting practice using a large array of techniques, styles and subjects. His attitude has been instrumental in adapting the various historical modernist tropes as ready-mades towards an open and free method of investigating the possibilities of painting.
SPEAKER / Friday 3 August 2018, 12.30-1.30pm at RMIT Building 80, Level 9, Room 12
Juz Kitson lures the viewer through her use of exquisitely crafted objects made from porcelain, glass, textiles and fur. These seductive materials depict visceral and abject elements of life, sex and death.
SPEAKER / Thursday 9 August 2018, 1-2pm at RMIT Gossard Space, Building 49, Level 3
Joel Stern will discuss his recent curatorial practice, specifically, he will consider the value of staging curatorial experiments that think through sound and listening as methodologies for dealing with social, political and artistic urgencies. Stern will return to three ideas, or figures, of sound and listening—polyphony, eavesdropping and ventriloquism—as different tools, or prisms, that can be mobilised towards an understanding of how sound operates in social and political space.
SITE EIGHT / 1 to 16 August (Opening Thursday 2 August 5-7pm, Open Wed-Fri 1-5pm & RMIT Open day Sunday 12 August 10am-4pm )
LIGHTSCAPES / 23 July to 18 November 2018 at Knox Place Melbourne Central
Peripheral Vision brings together the work of the 2018 Robyn Beeche Foundation Prize finalists. In honour of the late fashion photographer’s unique vision and experimental capacity, students in their final year of study in the BA Photography program were selected for their inventiveness, sophistication, and responsiveness to the contemporary moment. The photographic works bring into focus what lies outside the direct line of vision, encompassing the dynamics of identity, memory, and social space.
SPEAKER / Wednesday 15 August 2018, 12.30-1.30pm at RMIT Building 12, Level 5, Room 2
Phuong Ngo is a contemporary visual artist; his practice is concerned with the interpretation of history, memory and place, and how it impacts individual and collected identity. His collaborative practice with Hwafern Quach, Slippage, examines the cycles of history in conjunction with current geopolitical and economic issues through the lens of vernacular cultures, artefacts and language.
SPEAKER / Tuesday 21 August 2018, 12.30-1.30pm at RMIT Building 1, Level 2, Room 17
Juan Ford’s practice has consistently been engaged with opening up new possibilities for realism in painting. He has employed many strategies that argue around the theoretical ‘problems’ of realism in painting. Ford enjoys exploiting the limited shortcomings of the dull, officially sanctioned dialogue between painting and it’s would-be executioner, photography, in order to develop new potential for realism. While his work evolves and varies across time, it characteristically involves an examination of the human figure and its relationship to its environment.
SPEAKER / Tuesday 4 September 2018, 12.30pm at RMIT Building 1, Level 2, Room 17
Yu-Fang, Chi is a Taiwan-born jewellery artist. In 2014, she moved to Melbourne where she studied PhD degree at RMIT University, School of Art, Gold & Silversmithing. Her research project investigates the concept of femininity in jewellery and objects and its cultural connotations. Yu-Fang introspects the processes of making and the position of female body. Her practice involves repetitive fibre-related techniques which can be connected to traditional domestic art processes.
SPEAKER / Wednesday 12 September 2018, 12.30-1.30pm at RMIT Building 12, Level 5, Room 2
Léuli ML Eshrāghi is a visiting curator with Freja Carmichael, Lana Lopesi, Tarah Hogue and Sarah Biscarra Dilley at the Institute of Modern Art in 2018. He is an artist, curator and Monash University PhD candidate visiting Kulin Nation lands and waters. Léuli hails from the Sāmoan villages of Āpia, Leulumoega, Siʻumu, Salelologa, the Persian village of Najafābād, and other ancestries. His work centres on ceremonial-political practices, language renewal, and Indigenous futures throughout the Great Ocean. Residencies include Sovereign Words (Office of Contemporary Art Norway with Artspace Sydney at the Dhaka Art Summit), Para Site Hong Kong, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and University of British Columbia - Okanagan. He exhibits regularly in Australia and abroad, and serves on the board of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (Canada), editorial advisory committee for un Magazine, and the Pacific advisory group to Melbourne Museum.
SITE EIGHT / 23 August to 13 September 2018 (Opening Wednesday 22 August 5-7pm, Hours Wednesday to Friday 1-5pm).
Following on from My Monster: The Human Animal Hybrid at RMIT Gallery, Creaturephor examines the human/animal hybrid image specifically as a visual metaphor. This exhibition brings together five artists from Australia and Asia whose work addresses the human psyche through the use of animal representation in juxtaposition to the human body. These artists share a curiosity in the power and persistence of such imagery as metaphor and draw on the deep history of this language from their personal and cultural contexts.
SITUATE / 10 July to 3 September 2018
PROJECT SPACE / 17 August to 27 September 2018 (Opening Thursday 16 August 5-7pm)
The chicken is dead. Beheaded, but still running.
In his photographic recollections Siegmund Skalar records seemingly unimportant details, glitches and social observations on film. Car Story contrast the narrative of everyday life with a playful and expressive notion on the medium’s tradition.
Siegmund Skalar is a guest of SITUATE as a part of the 2018 SITUATE Austrian Arts Residency Exchange. He works with film and photography and lives in Vienna.
SPARE ROOM / 17 August to 27 September 2018 (Opening Thursday 16 August 2018)
Liminal is to occupy a physiological or psychological threshold or boundary. Space Between considers artists who explore the undefined or barely perceivable experienced at the liminal. Within the liminal change occurs and is typified by a sense of distance and ambiguity. Each work expands on the space at the liminal, in an effort to communicate and expose the distance and ambiguity of liminal experience.
Felicity Griffin is a recipient of the 2018 RMIT:ART: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.
Drew Pettifer is the recipient of the 2018 Taiwanese Arts Residency Exchange. Drew's residency project aims to reveal some of the hidden histories around the ongoing marriage equality and queer rights debates in Taiwan through archival research, collaborations and interviews. In 2017 the Constitutional Court in Taiwan ruled current marriage laws unconstitutional and gave parliament two years to amend them. Australia’s recent marriage equality debate shares some similarities with that in Taiwan, offering a unique opportunity for discourse, exchange and reflection. The outcome of the residency will take the form of photographs, video interviews, documents and, where available, objects that inform this history. A secondary strand of the project will focus on taking photographs in the landscape of the Kuandu region, including the hot spring culture of the Beitou area.
Helen Grogan is the 2018 recipient of the Austrian Arts Residency Exchange.
PROJECT SPACE / SPARE ROOM / 5 October to 15 November 2018 (Opening Thursday 4 October 5-7pm)
Significant Velocities considers the importance of felt and experiential knowledge by exploring how art might enable new understandings of the immense and oftentimes intangible qualities of the geological. Five artists consider the scale and expansiveness of our planet’s velocities, timeframes, materialities and energies, and translate these abstractions into terms that can be felt. The resulting works provide keys that open up different way of understanding the realities of Earth's rotational speeds, mineral energies and deep times.
LIGHTSCAPES / 23 July to 18 November 2018 at Rodda Lane
These photographs are taken from a larger collection of urban observational landscape studies from Australia and abroad. These moments aim to capture the ever-evolving relationships between people and their surroundings, retracing the way in which culture becomes embedded in place through modern life and tradition.
LIGHTSCAPES / 23 July to 18 November 2018 at Bld 2 Lightwell
This project interrogates the complexities of translating the ‘self’ through the materials of photographic practice. How does the ‘self’ behave as it is transformed into light and travels through the lens, as it is broken and re-made to become a photographic self-portrait? What does it mean to become a photograph, and how do we collaborate with the materials of the world–space, time, light–in doing so? This project aims to reconsider the boundaries between human/nonhuman, self/other, memory/imagination when becoming photographic self-portraits.