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September 2017


Explore the disconcerting delights of the digital age at Experimenta Make Sense

What does it mean to feel in an era of disembodied communication? To think in a world of algorithms and artificial minds? What does it mean to ‘do’ today?

Both playful and challenging, Experimenta Make Sense asks audiences to immerse their senses into a ‘thinking,’ ‘feeling’ and ‘doing’ contemplation of what it is to be human in the age of technological acceleration.

As part of the exhibition, UK artist Jane Gauntlett presents In My Shoes: Intimacy, a 360-degree virtual reallity experience that explores the power of human connection. 

In My Shoes: Intimacy is a first-person documentary designed for two people to experience three encounters from six very different perspectives. lt tells the stories of two strangers, two comrades and two lovers, and explores the importance of intimacy in survival, relationships and sexuality from a first-person perspective.

Intimacy forms part of internationally-recognised empathy project In My Shoes: an ever-expanding collection of documentary style interactive performances, which guide participants through the beautiful, the challenging, the mundane and the surreal aspects of being human.

Intimacy invites you to put aside your inhibitions, sit down with another person and look into their eyes. Let these strangers guide you through their impromptu, unconventional and intense moments of intimacy through virtual reality and a fusion of documentary, education and theatre.

Experimenta Makes Sense presents a program of over 20 leading international and Australian artists. You can see it at Melbourne's RMIT Gallery until 11 November 2017, with Jane's VR sessions running on Mondays and Tuesday throughout the exhibition.

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David Hockney: Words & Pictures heads to NSW's Blue Mountains

An international exhibition of works from world-famous artist David Hockey will open at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery on Saturday 14 October.

Drawn from the British Council Collection, the exhibition presents four major suites of artists’ prints produced by Hockney from 1961 – 1977: A Rake’s Progress; Illustrations for 14 Poems by C.P. Cavafy; Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, and The Blue Guitar.

United by their reference to historical works of literature and art, the prints were produced during the first two decades of Hockney’s career when he established his international reputation as a Pop artist.

A selection of Hockney’s more personal works from the private collection of his brother John Hockney will accompany the exhibition.

David Hockney: Words & Pictures will be on show in Katoomba until 3 December. To mark the opening of the exhibition, there will also be a special talk by David Hockney’s brother, John Hockney, on Saturday 14 October.

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Meet Australia's Design Connections delegate, Timothy Moore

Timothy Moore, Director of Sibling Architecture and co-curator of Melbourne Design Week, was one of 18 international delegates who attended our annual design industry networking programme in London last month.

Taking place during the London Design Festival, Design Connections offers directors and curators from design museums, centres and festivals around the world an inspiring and immersive introduction to the best of the festival, alongside meetings with leading designers and organisations.

The programme connects these key individuals to designers and organisations with the aim of brokering new collaborations and partnerships, as well as providing the opportunity for networking, learning and sharing with international counterparts.

Speaking about design in Australia, Timothy explains, 'there are a lot of big-picture issues that Australian society is facing: climate change, housing unaffordability, an ageing population and socio-economic inequality. Design has a large role to play in thinking these topics anew.'

Find out more about Timothy and his thoughts on design in Australia in this blog.

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WATCH: Unpacking the power of the voice from different perspectives

This is a Voice is an immersive exhibition bringing together international and Australian artists, vocalists and artefacts to explore the power of the human voice.

It encompasses materials from a range of areas, including science, medicine, art, performance, religion and technology. In these videos, four UK-based practitioners explore the voice from different perspectives and expertise:

  • Dr Sophie Scott, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL, explains how we use laughter to bond and play with others.
  • Mikhail Karikis, artist, tells us how and why he uses the voice in his practice as a sculptural material.
  • Dr Anne Karpf, writer, journalist and sociologist, explores how modern technology has changed the use of the voice.
  • Dr Charles Fernyhough, Professor in Psychology at Durham University, talks to us about the complex and often misunderstood phenomenon of hearing voices.

This is a Voice is a Wellcome Collection exhibition produced in collaboration with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, supported by the British Council. It's on now at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, until 28 January 2018.

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