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.
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.
SPEAKER / Thursday 15 August at 6-7pm RMIT Building 12, Lvl 13, Rm 2
William Yang is a documentary photographer. His talk with Image projection is about his engagement with the Sydney GLBTQI community since the days of gay liberation till the present. It includes coming out during in the seventies, photographing the commercial scene of Oxford Street and demonstrations to decriminalise homosexuality in the eighties, and the AIDS pandemic in the early nineties. He had a friendship with Peter Tully and David McDiarmid, both gay artists, who were both separately artistic directors of the Mardi Gras and who died of AIDS in the nineties. William has photographed the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras since the early eighties and the story of its ups and downs is closely tied to the broad story of gay Sydney.
SITE EIGHT / 8 to 11 August
Opening Thursday 8 August 5-7pm
Tangential Visions brings together the work of the 2019 Robyn Beeche Foundation Prize finalists. In honour of the late fashion photographer’s unique vision and experimental drive, 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 selected photographic projects engage with diverse narratives that touch upon the ambiguity of time, identity, and archives.
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.
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 April to 14 July 2019
Garry Moore is the recipient of a 2019 studio residency award at the RMIT SITUATE studios in Melbourne.
SITUATE / 3 September to 2 December 2018
SPARE ROOM / 7 June to 7 July (Opening Thursday 6 June 5–7pm)
Madeleine Thornton-Smith’s work questions where distinct ‘mediums’ end and others begin. Remediation is the act of re-forming an object in a material from which it wouldn’t usually be made, questioning medium-specificity. Through a slow process of accumulation and repetition, she slip-casts materials familiar to the studio, such as bubble wrap, paint and polystyrene, and building materials such as expanding foam, render and concrete. Interrogating archetypal forms, she has added these objects to vessels, plinths and tiles. Such mimicry challenges material hierarchies: ‘lowly’ expanding foam is made ‘art’ through casting – raising questions about the status of ceramics, art and craft.
SITUATE / 22 April to 17 June
PROJECT SPACE / 6 June to 6 July (Opening Thursday 6 June 5–7pm)
Nothing lasts forever explores the objective and subjective qualities of home. Hsu reflectively paints floating images of architectures, streets and houses that have been re-assembled and re-envisaged through his memory and imagination. By applying thin dripping washes of watercolour and acrylic paint onto plastic sheets, he emphasises the fragility and ephemerality of both his materials and subject. And as we physically move through his works, the images drift in response to our presence. Hsu uses these quiet gestures to consider home as not a fixed tangible space, but rather something more emotional, mutable, remembered and impermanent.
SITUATE / 22 April to 17 June 2019 at Gurodong Studio, Seoul, South Korea
Josh Peters is the recipient of the 2018 studio residency award and will be travelling to the Gurodong Studio in Gurodong, Seoul, South Korea.
SITUATE / 1 March to 24 May 2019 at Leipzig International Artist Residency Program (LIA), Leipzig, Germany
Jordan Grant is the recipient of the 2019 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. Jordan’s residency will conclude with a solo exhibition at the Australian Embassy in Berlin.
SITUATE / 4 April to 3 May
PROJECT SPACE SPARE ROOM / 2 to 25 May (Opening Thursday 2 May 5–7pm)
Erika Ernawan is not as interested in our conceptual knowledge of the world as much as our felt understanding of it. Her work strips back and then layers raw physicalities one on top of the other; the naked body, pure pigments, simple tools and DIY structures blur into one another, connecting and interacting. Her works celebrate experiencing things not as we might know them to be, but rather as they simply are in front of us, as potentially complex, confusing, messy or rough.
SITUATE / 4 April to 3 May
PROJECT SPACE SPARE ROOM / 2 to 25 May (Opening Thursday 2 May 5–7pm)
Present Measures is a series of artworks that acknowledge and pay homage to the long history of female leadership in Indonesia. The work uses sourced black-and-white photographs from the 1959 edition of Api Kartini, an Indonesian magazine published by the women’s rights organisation, Gerwani. Present Measures embellishes and decorates these images for solidarity and, in a desperate effort to acknowledge these women, draw our attention back to their tragically silenced voices.
LIGHTSCAPES / 7 December 2018 to 18 February 2019 at Rodda Lane, Lightwell and Knox Place
For this Lightscapes exhibition, Yuting (Tia) Shen, Zan Griffith, Jessie Stanley and Mengjie Ying present images celebrating and documenting their 2018 MAPS research projects. The graduating students engaged with a range of location based responses to city, urban and regional sites exploring performance in temporary autonomous zones; projection and installation works, geology and deep time; land and earthworks; and the tensions between public and liminal spaces. These projects connect to MAPS key concerns with site, location, performativity, materiality, urbanism, land, politics, democracy and ethics through the exploration of public and social practice, public and social spaces.
PROJECT SPACE SPARE ROOM / 31 January to 2 March (Opening Thursday 31 January 5-7pm)
This exhibition, curated by Dr Ray Cook and Dr Alison Bennett, considers camp to be an unstable suite of strategies available to the non-mainstream. Working models of camp become tools for artists, individuals and communities alike to negotiate assertive pathways through marginalisation.
SITUATE / 21 January to 4 April 2019
Rosie Gunzburg is the recipient of a 2019 studio residency award at the RMIT SITUATE studios in Melbourne.
SITUATE / 18 February to 7 April
PROJECT SPACE SPARE ROOM / 22 March to 13 April (Opening Thursday 21 March 5-7pm)
Dry is a colour. Dryness might absorb our attention as much as it does parch our throats and muffle our footfalls. In Terra Mollis we experience this dryness, brownness and mass not as a closed volume in our minds but rather as an expanse in our senses.
SITUATE / 5 March to 7 April 2019
Birte Bosse is a German artist who employs an expanded drawing practice to connect, accumulate and interrogate her experiences — be they profound, incidental or idiosyncratic. Artworks are realised through a variety of media, both as traditional works on paper and through linear sculptural forms.
SPEAKER / Thursday 21 March 12.30- 1.30pm at RMIT Building 80, Level 3, Room 15
| 'sindikit | is a project space created to support experimental work, to promote practice-based research, and to foster art-centered conversations.
The | ‘sindikit | project is a creative, self-funded endeavor that emphasizes and extends our collaborative practices as artists and educators. Our interest in the intersections of art, community and education makes it crucial for us to work both in and outside of the University system. The pursuit of ‘sindikit is to foster community conversations among cultural producers, local and national visual artists, and arts allies that have a stake in discussing socio-political and cultural issues.
SPEAKER / TMonday 1 April 12.30-1.30pm at RMIT Building 94, Level 1, Room 11
Hoda Afshar explores the nature and possibilities of documentary image-making. Working across photography and moving-image, the Melbourne-based artist considers the representation of gender, marginality and displacement. In her artworks, Afshar employs processes that disrupt traditional image-making practices, play with the presentation of imagery, or merge aspects of conceptual, staged and documentary photography.
SPEAKER / Thursday 11 April 6.00-7.00pm at RMIT Building 94, Level 1, Room 6
Jozef Cseres (b. 1961) lectures on aesthetics and the philosophy of music, visual arts and intermedia at the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic.