How does the flatness of the digital screen and contemporary technologies map our relation to the body, to physical space and depth? How can we materialise the three-dimensional inherent within the two dimensional image?
Exhibition at Fort Delta with artworks by by Jack Brown, Kendal McQuire, Sophie Neate, Azza Zein, Tuesday 2nd June until Saturday 6th June
Event: Saturday 6th June 2pm at Fort Delta, discussion with guests Toby Juliff, Samantha McCulloch and Christopher Williams-Wynn
As we engage with online images of public and private events, we find virtual space occupying our physical experience. How can we materialise the 3D inherent in the 2D image? How do we transfer the textures implied in the photographic image onto the object/ artwork/ performance?
How does the exhibition space flatten and frame objects and images, often privileging one perspective over another? What is the effect of this condition and how could artists work with or around it?
Can we talk about ‘image’ without referring to its content? Does the subject matter? Does it operate as an index? What does the choice of material reveal?
What is the difference between the time delineated in the digital image/ the print out/ the collage/ the performance and the object? Can we talk of flat time vs hybrid times?
The Push and Pull between Internet and Archaeology? Is there a form of tracing and retracing between past, present and future as we create works that hover between the use of digital technology and archaeology? Is there a reversal in the urge of creating physical objects from the encounter of images? Are we trapped in this condition?
Christopher Williams-Wynn is a PhD candidate in History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. A graduate of the University of Melbourne, he holds Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (Honours). An independent writer, editor and curator, he is also co-founder and co-editor of Dissect Journal and co-editor of emaj.
Samantha McCulloch is an artist and curator. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the University of Cape Town and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne. In her artistic and curatorial work she focuses on exchange between sites and the objects situated within them. Through her projects and research, she examines how curatorial strategies explore relationships between objects and contexts, both virtual and physical.
Toby Juliff is Lecturer in Critical and Theoretical Studies and coordinator of the Fine Art Honours program at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. His most recent published works include the article The Post-display Condition of Contemporary Computer Art, emaj #9 and catalogue essay for Lynda Benglis ‘73/74 show at Neon Parc.