Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Rolled Up/Rolled Out

Rolled Up/Rolled Out is focussed on how the production of art in global cities is responding to, contributing to and influenced by the intensification and expansion of cultural flows in globalisation.

The exhibition is a snapshot of the diverse art expressivities that emerge through the common experience of contemporary urban space. It is both an interface to a complex situation and a cultural lens through which to view social, political and economic forces. Art becomes a critical cultural conduit for exposing the transformation of meanings and experience in contemporary globalisation.

Rolled Up/Rolled Out curated by Dr Irene Barberis
21 April - 2 May 2008
RMIT School of Art Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Miles Allinson, Steven Ball, Eddy Carroll, Irene Barberis,
John Billan, Godwin Bradbeer, Elizabeth Grierson, Geoff Hogg,
Shane Hulbert, Riccardo Iacono, Tina Keane, Louise Lee, Tam Wai Ping, William Raban, Anne Tallentire, Sharon West, Matthew Watts, Allan Wickey, John Wynne.

Rolled Up/Rolled Up
by Dr Irene Barberis and Dr Kristen Sharp
Globalization and the Artist by
Professor Elizabeth Grierson

radio programme:
Rolled Up/Rolled Out on Resonance 104.4FM
20:00, Monday 28 April, 2008
Produced and presented by Steven Ball, this radio programme presented Breath: Polymers and Pneumatics, a breathing performance by Irene Barberis specially recorded in Australia for Resonance FM alongside work by London-based artists featured in the Melbourne exhibition including Riccardo Iacono, Tina Keane, William Raban, Anne Tallentire and John Wynne.

Listen to the programme
(57 min 46 sec, 81.3Mb, mp3)

Sunday, June 1, 2008

The Centres Project

The Centres Project is a practice-based research exhibition and publication project exploring the Urban Centre, bringing together two centres of Fine Art research, one in central London, UK and the other in central Melbourne, Australia. Situated within the complex flow of forces of an urban hub, each institution simultaneously responds and contributes to their cities’ stimuli.

Central Themes: The Centres Project is concerned with a set of overlapping themes arising from the social, geo-political and other forces and phenomena common to urban centres like London and Melbourne, both in spite and as a result of their geographical distance. Proposed themes include: Daytime Nightlight/Night-time Daylight – diurnal/nocturnal timeframes from the Northern to Southern Hemisphere and back; Urban Incursions - the mutability of the cityscape; Difference of Dialogues - intersection and sites of faith; Sick City - urbanity and health; Legal Systems and Organisational Structures (sustainability); Migration and cultural diversity - impact of cultures on the existing population; Cross Town - mobility, connectivity and environment within the urban central; Trans-central – communications, interactive simultaneous projections between the two centres.

The project aims to identify and elaborate upon intersections, unions and complementarities found within and across the urban domain, as well as exploring the complexities of the relationship between the urban centre and the global.