Artists discuss ‘diseases of the arts’ at RMIT Gallery

RMIT Gallery 2016 Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts Date: 17 NOV 2016 - 18 FEB 2017 Location: RMIT Gallery, City campus Morbis Artis explores the radical conjunction between the biomolecular and the artistic, and the thin doorway between life and death housed within discourses of disease.

Photo by Mark Ashkanasy, RMIT Gallery 2016

Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts at RMIT Gallery (17 November – 18 February 2016) is an interactive bio-art exhibition that uses actual and metaphoric communicative diseases to explore the fractured relationship between human and non-human life.

Join us at RMIT Gallery on Thursday 1 December from 5.30 – 6.30 pm as Cameron Bishop, Chris Henschke, Harry Nankin, Darrin Verhagen and Anne Scott Wilson discuss translating metaphor into art and their work in Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts. 

RMIT Gallery 2016 Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts Date: 17 NOV 2016 - 18 FEB 2017 Location: RMIT Gallery, City campus Morbis Artis explores the radical conjunction between the biomolecular and the artistic, and the thin doorway between life and death housed within discourses of disease.

The Zero Machine (or The Human Stain Remover), Cameron Bishop & Simon Reis. 
 Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts, RMIT Gallery installation image by Mark Ashkanasy, 2016.

Cameron Bishop’s mechanical installation seeks to rid the art world of all diseased art. This playful machine aesthetic re-mediates art ‘masterpieces’ as they are pressed and turned through the machine, coming out cleaned of all impressionable colour, line and shape. The blank surface we are left with is the ultimate neo-liberal art piece – instantly copyable and immediately forgettable.

RMIT Gallery 2016 Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts Date: 17 NOV 2016 - 18 FEB 2017 Location: RMIT Gallery, City campus Morbis Artis explores the radical conjunction between the biomolecular and the artistic, and the thin doorway between life and death housed within discourses of disease.

Song of the Phenomena, 2016, by Chris Henschke. Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts. RMIT Gallery installation image by Mark Ashkanasy, 2016.

Chris Henschke’s work explores anti-matter as we bare witness to how radiation is released by organic matter. Using an actual particle accelerator, the work shows how the humble bananaemits antimatter on a regular basis. In an age where we fear the way antimatter impacts upon the nature of everyday life and the workings of the cosmos, we see how the organic itself brings potential dissolution to the human world.

RMIT Gallery 2016 Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts Date: 17 NOV 2016 - 18 FEB 2017 Location: RMIT Gallery, City campus Morbis Artis explores the radical conjunction between the biomolecular and the artistic, and the thin doorway between life and death housed within discourses of disease.

Syzygy (2007-16) by Harry Nankin
Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts, RMIT Gallery installation image by Mark Ashkanasy, 2016

In Harry Nankin’s nine, multi-panel palimpsests displayed on light boxes, lake becomes semi-arid land as the impact of the contemporary ecological crisis finds its root and branch in starlight and shadowgram as live invertebrates mourn the age of the anthropocene. The work ‘photo-poetically’ memorializes this erasure, resurrecting the dry lakebed into a focal plane upon which primal starlight is used to imprint photographic films on moonless nights. The environmental disease at the heart of this work is human-made: as we lay waste to our planet, the stars are slowly going out.

RMIT Gallery 2016 Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts Date: 17 NOV 2016 - 18 FEB 2017 Location: RMIT Gallery, City campus Morbis Artis explores the radical conjunction between the biomolecular and the artistic, and the thin doorway between life and death housed within discourses of disease.

blue/red:VIM/SIMS (2016) 
Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts, RMIT Gallery installation image by Mark Ashkanasy 2016

In Darrin Verhagen’s work with the group (((20hz))) sound-image installation explores the way audio-visual fields can wildly affect the well-being of the hearing-viewer. With two catastrophic audio-vision soundtracks that register as sickly encounters, one can choose to hear without commentary, or to hear about how and why the soundscape induces nausea. Pulsating light beams and reflections accompany these sound pieces like a cosmos is dying and exploding before us.

RMIT Gallery 2016 Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts Date: 17 NOV 2016 - 18 FEB 2017 Location: RMIT Gallery, City campus Morbis Artis explores the radical conjunction between the biomolecular and the artistic, and the thin doorway between life and death housed within discourses of disease.

Fluid retention, 2016 
Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts, RMIT Gallery installation image by Mark Ashkanasy, 2016

Anne Scott Wilson’s balloon installation and video projection explores the poetics of gravity and the chrononormativity of time to account and prepare us for the not-living that eventually befalls us all. The stillness of the balloon and the movement of the ballet dancer speak to the material divide between the body that lives, that dies, and that then, perhaps, floats away.

What: Panel discussion artist talk with Cameron Bishop, Chris Henschke, Harry Nankin, Darrin Verhagen and Anne Scott Wilson

When: Thursday 1 December 5.30-6.30 pm

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street Melbourne

Bookings: free – please register 

 

Hybrid worlds: Ursula Hoff Contemporary Lecture on Tuesday 22 November 5.30-6.30 pm

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Drew Berry will speak at the 2016 Ursula Hoff Contemporary lecture. He is exhibiting his biomedical animations in Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts at RMIT Gallery (17 November 2016 -18 February 2017)

As part of the RMIT Gallery exhibition Morbid Artis: Diseases of the Arts, RMIT Gallery, the Ursula Hoff Institute and the S.R Stoneman Foundation are pleased to present

2016 URSULA HOFF CONTEMPORARY LECTURE:

Hybrid Worlds: When Art and Science Collide –

Tuesday 22 November 5.30-6.30 pm

followed by exhibition viewing and Xmas drinks and refreshments.

Addressing the challenges of identity, culture and interspecies relationships in today’s ‘super connected’ global society.

Free: bookings here

Speakers

Dr Drew Berry Biomedical animator at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.

Dr Jonathan Duckworth Director of the Creative Interventions Art & Rehabilitative Technology lab (CiART).  Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University.

Prof Angela Ndalianis Professor in Screen Studies at Melbourne University.

Prof Kim Vincs Director of the Deakin Motion.Lab, Deakin University’s motion capture studio and performance technology research centre.

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Dr Drew Berry, biomedical animator at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. You might know Drew’s work fromthe music videos he’s made for Bjork. Drew’s work features in the RMIT Gallery exhibition Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts(17 November  2016 – 18 February 2017).

Dr Jonathan Duckworth, Director of the Creative Interventions Art. and Rehabilitative Technology lab (CiART).  Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University and recipient of the 2016 RMIT Award for Research Impact – Early Career Researcher (Design). Jonathan works at the junction of art and science, using his background as an architect to design virtual environments for patients. He has designed two highly successful projects called Elements and Resonance funded by the Australia Research Council and Australia Council for the Arts. Both works provide a medium for rehabilitation of movement and cognition for individuals with an acquired brain injury. Elements was recognised for its design innovation as a recipient of the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Design Award and 2016 Good Design Award.

Professor Angela Ndalianis is Professor in Screen Studies and Director of the Transformative Technologies Research Unit at the University of Melbourne. Her publications include The Horror Sensorium: Media and the SensesNeo-baroque Aesthetics and Contemporary EntertainmentScience Fiction Experiences and the edited collection The Contemporary Comic Book Superhero. Her current research explores the important role played by entertainment media in the advancement of robotics.

Professor Kim Vincs is the Director of the Deakin Motion.Lab, Deakin University’s motion capture studio and performance technology research centre. Her research brings together scientific, technological and artistic methodologies to develop new ways of creating dance performance.

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Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts at RMIT Gallery (17 November 2016 – 18 February 2017)

Interactive bioart at RMIT Gallery – Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts

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Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts – invitation

Please join us for the opening of Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts on Wednesday 16 November 6-8 pm at RMIT Gallery.

Vicki Sowry, Director of the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) will open the exhibition. ANAT is Australia’s leading cultural organisation working at the intersection of art, science & technology; networked & emergent art practices; experimental music & sound arts; and mobile & portable platforms.

Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts is an interactive bio-art exhibition uses actual and metaphoric communicative diseases to explore the fractured relationship between human and non-human life.

Works by 18 artists explore the thin doorway that exists between life and death in what is the vexing age of species and habitus destruction, and the increasingly permeable tissues of contemporary bodies.

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Lienors Torre’s multi-media and glass work on degenerative vision explores how our view of the world is metered and tainted by digital technologies.

The art work is also set within current debates and concerns about what constitutes life, what counts as a sentient being, and who gets to determine what lives are saved, punished, exploited and destroyed?

What is life?

What is disease?

These are the diseases of the arts…

RMIT Gallery’s artist talks further explore the fine line between art and science, and other binaries. Please join us for the following free public programs

Book now  Friday 18 November 1-2 pm artist talk + Drew Berry, biomedical animator

Book now  Tuesday 22 November 5.30-6.30 pm Ursula Hoff Contemporary Lecture: Hybrid Worlds: When Art and Science Collide. Speakers: Dr Drew Berry, Dr Jonathan Duckworth, Prof Angela Ndalianis, Prof Kim Vincs    

Book now Tuesday 29 November 1-2 pm artist talk + Lienors Torre & Anne Scott Wilson 

Book now Thursday 1 December 5.30-6.30 pm panel discussion + Cameron BishopChris HenschkeHarry NankinDarrin Verhagen Anne Scott Wilson

Book now Tuesday 6 December 1-2 pm artist talk + Alison Bennett & Jodi Sita 

Book now Thursday 8 December 5.30-6.30 pm panel discussion +  Alison Bennett, Drew Berry, Sean Redmond, Josh Redmond & Lienors Torre 

Book now Tuesday 13 December 12.30-1.30 pm artist talk + Chris Henschke & Harry Nankin