SITUATE / 6 May to 14 July 2019
LIGHTSCAPES / Building 2 Lightwell 22 July to 3 November 2019
Kate McWilliam is the recipient of a 2019 studio residency award at the RMIT SITUATE studios in Melbourne.
Masquerade is defined as ‘a false show or pretence, to pretend to be someone one is not, a false face or a façade.’ While widely accepted, this definition is flawed. The potential for masquerade to reveal personal and socio-political truths is often overlooked. In Defacing God's Work, Kate McWilliam shifts notions of masquerade from deceptive to revelatory. Simultaneously seductive and repellent, her self-portraits prompt viewers to consult their own preconceptions, beliefs and fears, and to question the assumptions of dominant discourse. Employing and portraying masquerade as a revelatory device, the work utilises masks, makeup, prosthetics, performance through photographic self-portraiture and digital enhancement with intent, agency and reflexivity.
SITUATE / 22 July to 15 September 2018
PROJECT SPACE / 30 August to 28 September 2018 (Opening Thursday 29 August 5-7pm)
After water, sand is the most extracted natural material by humans, our society is built on it (quite literally) and contrary to what is thought, it is also a limited material whose extraction from the bottom of rivers and oceans is causing irreparable damages in nature. The interdisciplinary project Vestiges investigates the insatiable demand of sand, as well as its socio-political and environmental consequences. More specifically, “Vestiges” will focus on Victoria’s landscape, and this region’s sand mining history. What can the use of sand tell us about the relationship between humankind and nature?
Enar de Dios Rodriguez is a guest of SITUATE as a part of the 2019 SITUATE Austrian Arts Residency Exchange.
SITUATE / 6 August to 3 September 2019
SPEAKER / Thursday 8 August 6–7pm at RMIT Building 80, Level 1, Room 2
Almagul Menlibayeva (born 1969 in Almaty, Kazakhstan) is an award-winning contemporary artist who works mostly in multi-channel video, photography and mixed media installation. She lives and works in Germany and Kazakhstan. Her work has been featured internationally at the Sydney Biennale, Australia; the Venice Biennale; the Moscow Biennale, Russia; the Gangwon International Biennale, South Korea. Her recent solo exhibitions include Green, Yellow, Red, and Green again, TSE gallery, Astana, Kazakhstan (2018); Transformation, Grand Palais, Paris, France (2016-2017); My Silk Road to You, Lexing Art, Miami, USA (2016); Union of the Fire and Water, curator Suad Garaeva, 56th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy (2015); Transoxiana Dreams, Videozone, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany (2014); Empire of the Memory, Ethnographic Museum, Warsaw, Polland (2013); An Odd for the Wastelands and Gulags, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria (2013). EXPO 1 Exploration of ecological challenges, MoMA PS1, NewYork, USA.
SITUATE / 17 August to 15 September 2019
Mirza and Butler’s practice takes on, and deconstructs, urgent and complex narratives around our relationship to state power as seen in their project The Scar, which engages with issues of inequality and corruption, ultimately proposing a post-patriarchal near future.
The Scar, which began development whilst Mirza and Butler were artists in residence at Delfina Foundation in 2015, was shown as an immersive five-screen installation at Delfina Foundation in 2018. The exhibition was shown alongside an associated programme of workshops, talks and performances, co-curated with Mirza and Butler, which imagines future feminism and its relation to the past and to the present.
“Inhaling patriarchy and exhaling wo(fem)inism, The Scar has definitely been the most ambitious, challenging and inspiring project for me as an artist.” – Noor Afshan Mirza
SITUATE / 27 July to 23 September 2019 at Sarang Building, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Lauren Herbison is the recipient of the 2019 studio residency award at the Sarang Building. Lauren will undertake this two-month studio residency in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
SPEAKER / Monday 26 August at 12:30-1:30pm at RMIT Building 80, Lvl 6, Rm 5
Join artist David Rosetzky as he discusses the collaborative process involved in the development of 'Composite Acts' his new video commission for the 2019 Channels Festival, as well as his broader practice across photography and video.
SITUATE / 1 August to 24 October 2019 at Eastside International Los Angeles, United States of America
Keith Clancy is the recipient of the 2019 studio residency award at Eastside International Los Angeles (ESXLA). Keith will undertake a three-month studio residency at ESXLA, located in the Brewery art colony complex in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles. This award has been generously supported by Eastside International Los Angeles.
LIGHTSCAPES / 1 August to 4 November 2019 at Knox Place and Rodda Lane
Transition is a cross-cultural creative project between Melbourne and Thailand. It explores the artistic progress and transformation of artists who practice across RMIT University Melbourne and Thai creative industries. The project consists of two parts. The first part introduces the creative works of six RMIT art alumnus in the Rodda Lane boxes. The second part of project shows the advancement of fourteen students in the Art and Cultural Exchange Project of RMIT Curatorial Collective and School of Fine and Applied Arts of Bangkok University, located in Knox Place at Melbourne Central.
SPARE ROOM / 30 August to 28 September 2019 (Opening Thursday 29 August 5-7pm)
Currently there are more unused mobile phones per head of population in Australia. Research in sustainable practice continues to question the methods of reclaiming, reusing and recycling materials in a global economy based on built-in obsolescence. In response to the proliferation of e-waste globally and in consideration of the processing of recyclates artists Nicky Hepburn, Liv Boyle and Belinda Newick will explore and repurpose materials of e-waste into jewellery and objects.
SITUATE / 20 August to 28 October 2018
Katie Lee is the 2019 recipient of the Austrian Arts Residency Exchange.
SITUATE / 9 September to 1 December 2019
Isabel Buck is the recipient of a 2019 studio residency award at the RMIT SITUATE studios in Melbourne.
SITUATE / September 2019
Sara Retallick is a recipient of the 2019 Honours Travelling Grants, an award generously supported by RMIT University School of Art. Sara will be participating in a residency with Annea Lockwood and Leah Barclay at CAMP France in September, where she will develop a site-responsive project.
SITUATE / 30 October to 22 December 2019
Camila Quintero is the recipient of a 2019 studio residency award at the RMIT SITUATE studios in Melbourne.
SPEAKER / Thursday 12 September 6-7pm at RMIT Building 80, Lvl 1, Rm 2
An experimental talk based on the absence, transition, processing and observation of light.
PROJECT SPACE SPARE ROOM / 11 October to 9 November 2019
Kez Hughes [AUS], Hiroe Komai [UK], Stephanie Leigh [AUS], Andrea Medjesi-Jones [UK], Laurence Noga [UK], Steven Rendall [AUS], Benet Spencer [UK] & Bronte Mae Webster [AUS]
Collision Drive Three addresses the relationship between painting, collage and life through presenting artworks that collide imagistic obsessions with material tendencies. Copying, hybridity, research and faults in translation are evident, prioritising the processes involved and how painting has strangely thrived despite the shifting grounds of accumulation, scale, context, relationships and densities of the 21st Century.