SOAP at FORT DELTA: ARCHIVING AND FRAGMENTATION IN THE DIGITAL AGE
9th - 13th June: Fragments and the Whole
Exhibition: Nina Gilbert, Lucinda Eva May, Sean McKenzie, James Tunks
Tuesday 9th June – Saturday 13th June
11:00AM – 5:00PM daily
Given the fragmentation we experience on so many levels in the digital age, is the concept of an archive viable anymore? Can fragmentation open up poetic spaces for artists to explore archival narrative, and does rupture revive subjective experiences and spontaneous memory?
Nina Gilbert and Sean McKenzie's work for this exhibition From Night to Day to Night can be viewed online at www.fromnighttodaytonight.com
Nina Gilbert makes photographic and film based work looking at the experience of everyday places, locations or objects and the way in which we come to understand or comprehend them through recording, recollection and in our consciousness.
Lucinda Eva May’s practice revolves around notions of revolt, dissensual politics and the image. These ideas are often brought to life and connected by a visual exploration of fragmentation. Fragmentation, in her practice, is often imminent, suggested or realized through subversion, destruction or rupturing inherent within the potential transformation of the JPEG image.
Sean McKenzie explores moments between fiction and non-fiction through a combination of writing, film and sculpture. He is a recent BFA graduate at the Victorian College of the Arts.
James Tunks presents idiosyncratic fragments of his own personal family archive; this autobiographical fragment consists of imagery and ephemera accumulated from over the past century.
Discussion: Saskia Doherty and Alana Kushnir
Friday 12th June
Please join us for an open forum this week; Following an introduction by the artists and guests we will be talking in response to the following ideas about the archive.
How the archive can function as a site for future possibilities - as a way to be both critical and hopeful. Or, in opposition to this, how archiving can be a potentially destructive act. What potential do gaps or 'blind spots' offer to artists? (in relation to historical or living memory) how important is it to fill the gaps? Or to leave them empty? How does obsessive archiving/imaging/collecting/documenting deprive us of an experience of the present?
Saskia Doherty is an artist and writer based in Melbourne, Australia. Saskia has presented work at Monash University Museum of Art [MUMA], the Fitzroy Public Library, SLOPES Gallery, West Space, Archive_ ARI, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Platform Contemporary Art Space, The Newport Substation, Craft Victoria, the National Art School Gallery, Moana Project Space and Kinston Arts Centre, and has had artwork and writing published in Sturgeon, IMPRINT, and Cordite Online Poetry Review. Upcoming projects include Feeling Material at c3 Contemporary Art Space, curated by Jon Butt; Light the Blue Touchpaper and Retire, curated by Julie skate at The Gallery@BACC; Concrete, the second iteration of the group show of the same name shown at MUMA in 2014 and curated by Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow, at Tophane i Amire Arts and Culture Centre in Istanbul, Turkey; and an artist residency at the Babayan Culture House, Cappadocia, Turkey.
Alana Kushnir is freelance curator and art lawyer currently based in Melbourne, Australia. Kushnir recently completed the MFA Curating programme at Goldsmiths in London over a period of two years. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Art History) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne. Recent curated exhibitions include Open Curator Studio at Artspace, Sydney and online at joeyholder.com (2013), Fourth Plinth: Contemporary Monument at the ICA, London (2012 - 2013), Paraproduction at Boetzelaer|Nispen Gallery, Amsterdam (2012), TV Dinners at BUS Projects, Melbourne (2012), Acoustic Mirrors (co-curator) at the Zabludowicz Collection, London (2012). Forthcoming exhibitions include Tabularium at Slopes, Melbourne (2014) and Collections+ at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney (2015).
All guest involvement supported by the University of Melbourne.