Art and the outermost limits of location-specificity
Location: Contemporary Art Tasmania
Presentations and a public discussion on dematerialised art practice.
Anthony Johnson will discuss Eclipse, a participatory and temporary work developed for the recent CAST project Iteration:Again. Eclipse took place across four consecutive Saturday afternoons in Hobart during Spring 2011. Each week an audience was invited to board the same non-descript luxury coach and embark on what appeared at first glance, to be the same uneventful route. While nothing (and everything) changed within the spectacle of the journey, the work rewarded the regular passenger with a cinematic and mediated sense of déjà-vu, as each week’s experience eclipsed the previous.
Sean Lowry will introduce the recently launched expanded exhibition platform, Project Anywhere. It is now relatively commonplace for contemporary art to transcend the spatial, temporal, geographic and technical limitations of conventional exhibition contexts. Meanwhile, artist academics still struggle with the problem of validation for practice-based research outcomes. Project Anywhere is a vehicle for artistic projects unbounded by the physical limitations of conventional exhibition contexts.
Mark Shorter will talk about Schleimgurgeln: Song for Glover, an upcoming performance on Mount Wellington in Hobart that will explore the complexities underpinning the imagining of the Australian landscape. Schleimgurgeln is a performance alter-ego conceived as an exoticised primitive European Other. Just as the French noveist Gabriel de Foigny produced his own vision of ‘The Australian’ in 1676, Schleimgurgeln represents a reversed projection of “The European”.