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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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