Last week of Quiddity and Light moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art

Our current exhibitions Quiddity and Light moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art end this Saturday 20 August. Don’t miss out – come on in and remember we are open to 7 pm on Thursday and from 12-5pm on Saturday.

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The Quiddity curatorium holding the Quiddity catalogue – complete with a critical Q & A from the team in which they explore the ‘slightly challenging schism between [exhibition] conception and implementation.”

Curated by RMIT Gallery in collaboration with interns from the RMIT Master of Arts Management courseQuiddity provided students the opportunity to put the skills they have learned into practice and tests whether theory can stand up to the real-time practicalities of curation in a public art gallery.

The conceptualisation and implementation of the exhibition which explores a ‘behind the scenes’ approach to the RMIT Art Collection are detailed in the Quiddity catalogue (selling for $5) and will be discussed at the final public program on Thursday 18 August from 5.30-6.30 pm along with guest speakers Professor David Forrest, HRD Coordinator, RMIT School of Art, and David Sequeira, a visual artist, art/business consultant and freelance museum education professional.

Prospective students wanting to find out more about the RMIT Master of Arts (Art Management) program would also find the session particularly useful.

Don’t forget to see our video art exhibition while you are at RMIT Gallery this week.

Light moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art is a touring exhibition from the National Gallery of Australia, featuring work by 

  • Daniel Crooks
  • Hayden Fowler
  • Shaun Gladwell
  • Gabriella and Silvana Mangano
  • David Rosetzky
  • Julie Rrap
  • Christian Thompson

Visitors have been mesmerised by the exhibition’s images of bodies moving through space and also by the diversity of work by Australian artists of the highest calibre. In particular, the exhibition is a wonderful opportunity for students in particular to explore a diversity of screen-based work and see how artists use the medium to create conceptual works that speak to their own personal interests and histories.

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Light moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art. Installation image by Tobias Titz, RMIT Gallery, 2016.

What: Quiddity and Light moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art

When: Both exhibitions end Saturday 20 August at 5 pm

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne, 3000.

RMIT Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 11 am – 5 pm/ Thurs 11-7 pm, Saturday 12 noon – 5 pm.

Quiddity catalogue: $5 – available at the front desk, RMIT Gallery.

Wrapping it Up: Quiddity panel Discussion – Thursday 18 August 5.30-6.30 pm. Free – register here

 

RMIT Open Day 2016 – visit RMIT Gallery

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Quiddity installation image by Tobias Titz, RMIT Gallery, 2016.

Come inside RMIT Gallery while you explore the RMIT city campus on 14 August during Open Day. The gallery will be open from 10 am – 4 pm, and you can check out the last week of our current exhibitions. Both exhibitions end on 20 August.

Quiddity provides a behind-the-scenes peek into the RMIT Art Collection, and Light moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art features innovative work from top Australian artists, including RMIT alumni Christian Thompson. In 2010 Thompson became the first Aboriginal Australian to be admitted into the University of Oxford in its 900-year history. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (Fine Art), Trinity College, University of Oxford, Britain, Master of Theatre, Amsterdam School of Arts, Das Arts, The Netherlands, Masters of Fine Art (Sculpture) RMIT University and Honours (Sculpture) RMIT University, and a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Southern Queensland.

 

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LIGHT MOVES IMAGE Christian Thompson, HEAT 2010. Three channel digital video, sound, duration 5 minutes 52 seconds. Collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

 

RMIT Open Day is on 14 August from 10-4 pm. Plan your Open Day

 

RMIT Gallery is RMIT University’s premier exhibition gallery, presenting an exemplary professional program of local, Australian and international creative works, research outcomes and cultural stories that promote social and academic interaction between the university and a global public with a focus on external partnerships and digital dissemination.

The public exhibition program delivers unique visceral experiences of visual art, new media, and sonic art, design popular culture, science technology and art fusions in its five museum standard spaces.

Come and see us! We are at 344 Swanston Street, right next to the Storey Hall entrance.
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RMIT Gallery (right) is located at 344 Swanston Street. The front facade’s classical design is dominated by the Corinthian columns set on a high base of Malmsbury bluestone. You can’t miss us – we are right next to the iconic Storey Hall extension, which features bright green geometric-shaped windows and tiles.

Wrapping it up – Quiddity panel discussion

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Professor David Forrest (far left), Jon Buckingham and members of the of the Quiddity curatorium at the exhibition opening night. Photo: Vicki Jones Photography.

Our current exhibition Quiddity, (until 20 August) curated by RMIT Gallery in collaboration with interns from the RMIT Master of Arts Management course, gives students the opportunity to put the skills they have learned into practice and tests whether theory can stand up to the real-time practicalities of curation in a public art gallery.

On Thursday 18 August from 5.30-6.30 pm, join the Quiddity team along with guest speakers Professor David Forrest, HRD Coordinator, RMIT School of Art, and David Sequeira, a visual artist, art/business consultant and freelance museum education professional as they discuss the difference between the theory and reality when curating an exhibition, the challenges of using a permanent collection, and what they saw as the successes and failures of the exhibition.

Prospective students wanting to find out more about the RMIT Master of Arts (Art Management) program would also find the session useful. RMIT’s art, design and architecture students learn how to devise creative solutions to design problems by studying in simulated industry settings and working on real-world briefs and projects – such as Quiddity.

Taking its name from the Latin meaning ‘the essence of a thing’, Quiddity  explores the idea of thinking about artworks as physical objects rather than seeing them as items invested with meaning or expressing emotion. All works are selected from the RMIT Art Collection, with RMIT Collections Coordinator Jon Buckingham as lead curator on the exhibition.

Watch the exhibition video:

 

 

What: Wrapping It Up: Panel Discussion, with guest speakers Professor David Forrest and David Sequeira.

When: Thursday 18 August

Time: 5.30-6.30 pm

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

Bookings: Free. Register here

Behind the scenes of Quiddity: join our curator talk

Quiddity at RMIT Gallery, installation image by Tobias Titz, 2016

Quiddity at RMIT Gallery, installation image by Tobias Titz, 2016

Ever wanted to go behind the scenes in a museum? Have you wondered how are works are packed, preserved, stored and cared for? Join RMIT Collections Coordinator Jon Buckingham on Tuesday 26 July from 1-2 pm at RMIT Gallery as he provides an insight into the aspect of an art collection most people never see.

Buckingham is lead curator of the current RMIT Gallery exhibition Quiddity, which is drawn entirely from the RMIT Art Collection. The exhibition approaches a materially diverse array of artworks from the perspective of the conservator and the registrar in order to emphasise their physicality, explore the limitations environment and entropy place on their display, and reveal something of their existence outside the context of an exhibition.

Works are displayed on storeroom boxes, crates and on wire racks, recreating the ‘secret life’ of the works when they are not displayed in exhibitions.

Quiddity has been produced in collaboration between RMIT Gallery and students from the RMIT Master of Arts Management program. In this talk, lead curator Jon Buckingham will explore how artworks are handled, packaged, stored and conserved.

Quiddity installation image - close up of work by Ken + Julia Yonetani. Photo by Tobias Titz, RMIT Gallery, 2016

Quiddity installation image – close up of work by Ken + Julia Yonetani. Photo by Tobias Titz, RMIT Gallery, 2016

“When on display, artworks naturally tend to be viewed within a carefully constructed cultural, historical or thematic context. Behind the scenes though, aesthetic and cultural significance are at least on an equal footing with – and sometimes must play second fiddle to – physical requirements if a collection is to have any life expectancy,” Buckingham said.

“Artworks are scrutinised in minute detail. They must be catalogued, researched, regularly monitored for change, and appropriately stored.”

What: Quiddity curator talk with Jon Buckingham.

When: Tuesday 26 July

Time: 1-2 pm

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

Bookings: Free – register to attend

 

 

Curator + Conservator in Conversation: RMIT Gallery talk 8 July

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Taking its name from the Latin meaning ‘the essence of a thing’, Quiddity (RMIT Gallery, 1 July – 20 August) seeks to unpack the RMIT Art Collection both literally and figuratively. The exhibition explores the idea of thinking about artworks as physical objects rather than seeing them as items invested with meaning or expressing emotion.

Join us on Thursday 7 July from 5.30-6.30 pm when exhibition curator Jon Buckingham and Danielle Measday, Conservator of Natural Sciences, Museum Victoria focus on the different ways the two disciplines approach permanent collections and the challenges of putting together an exhibition.

In Quiddity, works such 19th century Australian artist Hugh Ramsay’s nude (1895) will be displayed in its unrepaired state to highlight the process of conservation. The piece is one of the most notable in RMIT University’s Art Collection and it was damaged an transit with paint flaking off the surface. It is now stabilised and has been specially patched with Japanese paper.

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About the speakers

Jon Buckingham is the Collection Coordinator for RMIT University’s art collection. He is responsible for generating, researching and maintaining records on provenance, intellectual property and the history of RMIT’s artworks, and for their ongoing storage and conservation.  He facilitates the acquisition of new artworks for the University and project-manages the commissioning and installation of large scale artworks in public spaces. Jon also produces a variety of exhibitions and events from the collection, coordinates the display of works around campus, and organises loans to external institutions.

Danielle Measday is conservator of Natural Sciences for Museum Victoria. Her love of museum conservation began the first time she saw an X-Ray of a painting. She trained as an objects conservator at the University of Melbourne’s Masters of Cultural Material Conservation program. She works closely with collection managers, curators and researchers across the zoology, palaeontology and geology fields to find solutions to facilitate access to the collections, and preserve them for the future.

WHAT: Curator + Conservator in Conversation – Quiddity public program

WHEN: Thursday, 7 July 2016

TIME:  5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

WHERE: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street Melbourne

BOOKINGS: Free. Book tickets

Quiddity & Light moves opens at RMIT Gallery

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Quiddity opening night RMIT Gallery 2016, photo by Vicki Jones Photography

Winter exhibition openings in Melbourne attract a dedicated crowd not afraid to brave the cold, wet weather.

We were charmed by the colorful coats and cheerful smiles worn by our enthusiastic audience who turned out on Thursday evening, 30 June to celebrate the opening of Light moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art and Quiddity.

Dr Gerard Vaughan AM, Director, National Gallery of Australia, flew down from Canberra to launch the travelling NGA exhibition Light moves, which includes a stunning work by RMIT alumni Christian Thompson.

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HEAT 2010, by Christian Thompson, Three channel digital video, sound, duration 5 minutes 52 seconds, collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Opening night image, Light moves at RMIT Gallery 2016. Photo by Vicki Jones Photography.

Light moves demonstrates NGA’s commitment both to celebrating the work of contemporary Australian artists and also to creating audiences for their work in Australia,” Dr Vaughan said.

“Visitors will be mesmerised by the exhibition’s images of bodies moving through space and also by the diversity of work by Australian artists of the highest calibre.”

RMIT Gallery Director Suzanne Davies said the exhibition was a wonderful opportunity for students in particular to explore a diversity of screen-based work and see how artists use the medium to create poetic works that speak to their own personal interests and histories, as well as tell great stories.

Dr Nicole Tse, from The Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, The University of Melbourne, launched Quiddity, an exhibition she said was close to her heart, displaying as it did “the secret life of collections.”

Quiddity shows how collections come to life in a museum context as seen through the eyes of Arts Management students,” Dr Tse said.

“If we look closely at these works, they can tell us stories about how they have been stored and cared for, and their journey before they even came into a museum. Cracks in the canvas can reveal a history of a work being rolled up under someone’s bed, for instance.

“These secret lives are fascinating and are revealed in Quiddity.”

 

What: Quiddity and Light moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art

When: 1 July – 20 August 2016

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

Quiddity public programs:

Quiddity: Wednesday Lunchtime Guided Tours

In Conversation: Curators + Conservators

Quiddity Reading Group

Quiddity: Curator floor talk

Wrapping it Up – Quiddity Panel Discussion

 

 

 

Upcoming exhibitions: Quiddity & Light moves

Upcoming exhibitions at RMIT Gallery – Light moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art and Quiddity, a behind-the-scenes look at the RMIT Art Collection.

1 JULY – 20 AUGUST 2016
OPENING NIGHT | Thursday 30 JUNE, 6pm – 8pm   ALL WELCOME

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Quiddity

Quiddity (Latin meaning ‘the essence of a thing) unpacks the RMIT Art Collection, and features artists including: Stephen Benwell, Chris Bond, Peter Ellis, Helga Groves, Clare Humphries, Wanyubi Marika, Greg Moncrieff, Hisaharu Motoda, Nick Mourtzakis, Anthony Pryor, Klaus Rinke, Ah Xian, Ken & Julia Yonetani, and Paul Zika.

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Light moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art

Contemporary Australian artists present projected and screen-based works exploring the body and the possibilities of movement. Featuring Daniel Crooks, Hayden Fowler, Shaun Gladwell, Gabriella and Silvana Mangano, David Rosetzky, Julie Rrap and Christian Thompson. On tour from the National Gallery of Australia.