Week 5 – Bringing Things Together

In the first few weeks of the course we’ve explored the way art, craft, theory and research intersect as the basis of a well grounded and supported creative practice. We then started to think about how we can describe our own individual practices.

Portfolio Work.

In week five we will start by spending an hour going over and testing these statements of practice in the classroom. If you are having trouble with your statement it might be worth using the categories above to think through what you do. Ask;

What questions do you explore/ask as a function of your practice and how? (Art/Media)
What key influences, mentors, or peers inform your practice? (what questions does their work ask/explore?) (Context)
What set of ideas/theories do you work with, are your interested in working with, or which inform your practice? (Theory/Philosophy)
What aspects of craft do these experiments require, or which you have developed while engaged in this practice? (Your skills)

Think about the story you are telling and how well it is supported by the works you have selected to include in your portfolio. What directions do you need to take this term in order to realise the image presented in your statement? What directions are presented by your existing portfolio? What is it that I am really interested in? What do you want to get better at?  What type of work do you wish was there in your portfolio? Shape your description accordingly.

Once you have developed a statement in full, test it, by exchanging it with at least two of your classmates, recording, and incorporating their feedback?

When reading someone else’s statement assess the image that is presented? Is that image professional? warm? arrogant? meek? coherent?

Material Research.

As we discussed in class in week 2 and 3 we will spend the rest of the workshop doing material research.

This is a chance to begin a dialogue as a group of practitioners. For that to work we have to be disciplined enough to make the DMC work as shared creative space – bring all you will need to make the most of the time together. Think about your work as a contribution to the group as much as to your own project. Don’t leave early because you’re not organised…. be organised, be disciplined, work within the time and space together. Care for each other and each others work.

Given all we’ve discussed over the previous weeks and the statement you’ve been working on and choose a work by one artist or maker whose work usefully explores an aspect of the theme ‘futures’ and whose practice informs or resonates with your own. Think back to the previous exercise. Choose a work that best serves to illustrate your interests.

Emulate, iterate, or adopt one aspect or strategy of this work.

If your mentor is a filmmaker –  research an aspect of their aesthetic or style by attempting to emulate an instance of their work. If they are a composer – compose in the style of…… etc, etc.

The element that you choose might offer a technical challenge, a chance to practice or research a particular craft or technique, a chance to explore an aesthetic, idea or function. Be specific about which of these aspects you are focussing on – that is be specific about why you have chosen a particular aspect to work with and what your aims are in engaging (in) this work.

This work need not end up in your final work – its just a place to start and engagement with the materials and ideas you are interested in.

Be ready to document your work, to discuss it with your peers, and with Jo an I. Think about what the next step is? Another experiment, an iteration, engagement with another work?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibition: Sound the Future

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Sounding the Future

Peter Blamey, George Poonkhin Khut, Gail Priest, Pia van Gelder & Tom Smith
Curated by Gail Priest

Opening: Tuesday 1 August, 6 – 8pm
Exhibition dates: 1 August – 22 September

The future may be hard to see from here, but perhaps we can hear it coming….

UTS Gallery is pleased to present Sounding the Future, an exhibition that challenges the audience to consider not ‘visions of the future’, but the possibility of letting the auditory realm lead our imaginings.

Full details…

Grad Show 2017

This post will be updated.

Currently our Committee Members are:

Fundraising

Shaun
Chelsea
Chantelle
Steph
Clare

Curatorial

Chloe
Meg
Steph
Clare
Lily
Minh
Anh
Nathan

Event

Sonny
Jane
Kayla
Maya
Kade
Joanna

Marketing

Briana
Binaisha
Harrison
Sam
Paniti
Nick
Nathan
Joanna
David
Noelle
Teagan

Website

David
Mckenzie
Jasmine
Hugh
Kate

Siteworks call for Volunteers

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2017: THE BIRDS & THE BEES
Siteworks is Bundanon’s annual Spring event which brings scientists, artists and community voices together to share knowledge and ideas arising from the Bundanon sites through a series of discussions, presentations and experiences.

Siteworks volunteers are the face of the event and play a vital role in creating an enhanced experience for audiences. This is a rare opportunity for those interested in contemporary art, science or working/studying in the fields of art, hospitality and events to develop skills and experience in the industry.

No prior experience needed, just enthusiasm and willingness to contribute to a community event. If you would like to volunteer or have any questions please contact the Programs Team at
programs@bundanon.com.au or on 02 4422 2121.

Or visit Siteworks online at: www.bundanon.com.au

Image: Deborah Kelly, Birth of Beeness, 2017

Social Media / Content Internship

There is a great unpaid internship opportunity with Evolve Communities (http://www.evolves.com.au) up for offer for an advanced 2nd year or third year BCM/BDM student. This is a small company based at iAccelerate on the IC doing really interesting work on cultural competency and awareness amongst other things.

This sounds like a great opportunity for a socially engaged content producer.

Contact Carla @ Evolve if you are motivated, interested, and willing to contribute.

Carla Rogers
carla@evolves.com.au

About Evolve

Evolve provides unique tools and programs for organisations to engage their staff, clients and customers. To do this we draw on ancient Dreamtime knowledge, bringing the wisdom of Indigenous Elders to the forefront.

We help organisations’ who need to develop strong relationships with communities, especially Indigenous communities, to solve tough problems together. We do this through cultural awareness training and education programs, executive coaching, community engagement design and supporting educational resources. The ultimate outcome is a win: win for the organization and community, with real differences in people’s lives such as closing the gap in disadvantage in health and wellbeing, education and employment.

INNOVATION – WE DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY

Evolve have created the Songlines™ Engagement Model and Meeting Marketplace™, unique and award winning collaboration and engagement approaches used extensively across Australia. At the heart of both models is a design thinking approach, which we would apply to the design, development and the way that we deliver our digital literacy programs and resources.

Our innovative approaches cater to all diversities. We are developing the Virtual Marketplace™ which is a 3D space that is immersive for participants and generates genuine engagement. Supporting our innovation, Evolve are part of iAccelerate, the University of Wollongong’s (UOW) business incubator program and Innovation Campus.

A Working Model of the World

  • WHEN: 5 MAY – 22 JUL 2017
  • WHERE: UNSW GALLERIES
  • ADDRESS: CNR OXFORD ST & GREENS RD PADDINGTON NSW 2021
  • HOURS: TUES TO SAT, 10AM-5PM

Blurb from UNSW Art Galleries’ website – please see website for public program:

From dioramas to dolls’ houses, atomic models to cloud-chambers, mandalas to maquettes – A working model of the world gathers together charismatic objects created to help us understand the world around us and imagine new possibilities.

The exhibition explores the way models are used to create and share knowledge. It asks how we use models to contemplate, experiment, invent and teach.

Presenting outstanding new and existing artworks alongside emblematic and evocative models borrowed from public, private and research collections, the exhibition stages a conversation between different forms of material thinking from many disciplines.

A working model of the world features artists who examine the role of models in human experience, and deploy techniques and forms of model-making in their work, including in the Sydney iteration:

  • Brook Andrew
  • Corinne May Botz
  • Ian Burns
  • caraballo-farman
  • Maria Fernanda Cardoso
  • Kate Dunn
  • David Eastwood
  • Emily Floyd
  • Andrea Fraser, Jeff Preiss
  • Glen Hayward
  • Peter Hennessey
  • Jo Law
  • Tony Mott
  • Palle Nielsen
  • Kenzee Patterson
  • Sascha Pohflepp & Chris Woebken
  • Esme Timbery

SHAUN GLADWELL, VIRTUAL IMPERATOR – EDGE OF EMPIRE

The Australian Centre for Photography is hosting:

A new exhibition of photographic, video and VR works by Shaun Gladwell critically addressing the ambivalence of representing conflict and the historical persistence of imperial structures.

In his latest exhibition, renowned artist Shaun Gladwell continues to interrogate the role of the camera and the artist in the representation of warfare. Assembling existing and new works, the artist meditates on the ambivalence and complexity of depicting conflict and addresses the continuity of Empires across real and mythological times.

at

Project Space Gallery
72 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm
Closed public holidays
Free admission.

from17 March – 6 May 2017

from ACP website (https://acp.org.au/blogs/travelling-exhibitions/shaun-gladwell)