FERNANDO DO CAMPO
MARLEY DAWSON & CHRISTOPHER HANRAHAN
BETHANY J FELLOWS
VOICE THEATRE LAB
Date: 18-Sep-2011 – 15-Oct-2011
Location: CONTEMPORARY ART TASMANIA GALLERY & VARIOUS LOCATIONS AROUND TASMANIA
CAST GALLERY WILL OPERATE AS AN INFORMATION HUB FOR THE DURATION OF ITERATION:AGAIN.
Visit CAST Gallery and www.iterationagain.com for regular project updates.
David Cross has developed professional relationships with several invited curators over a number of research trips in 2010 and rather than programming the series as a whole, he is interested in working with Tasmanian curators in order to expand expertise in the field, to draw on the combined ideas of these individuals and, where relevant, the resources of their institutional affiliations. Employing a similar model to the One Day Sculpture series in New Zealand where thirteen curators worked collaboratively, Cross is keen to bring a range of Tasmanian curators to the project, from senior curators to emergent practitioners. Iteration:Again will draw on the expertise of curators from organisations including Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Hobart, and Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston, through artist run initiatives such as Arts Alive, and from CAST-associated curators. Cross will develop six commissions and each associate curator will develop one public commission with their selected artist in close dialogue with him.
The following curators will participate in the series:
Fernando do Campo (Director, Sawtooth, Launceston, Independent Curator)
Nicole Durling (Curator, Museum of Old and New Art)
Sarah Jones (Independent Curator)
Fiona Lee (Independent Curator)
Damien Quilliam (Curator, Queen Victoria Art Gallery and Museum, Launceston)
Paula Silva (Independent Curator)
Jane Stewart (Senior Curator, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery)
Iteration:Again is ambitious, highlighting new thinking in public art practice. It is made up of leading national and international artists who are interested in linking the possibility of change, sequence and intervention into an engagement with public art practice. It provides a rare opportunity for a range of different contemporary art organisations to work together on the realisation of a trans-institutional project that consists of 13 commissions, a symposium, and a significant publication that documents the series.
Iteration:Again is a series of new art commissions that focus on the idea of public art as something that might transform our experience of place over a period of time. Specifically, it addresses how temporary interventions or responses by artists to public sites, environments and buildings can serve to open up new ways of understanding the places we share and inhabit. When we consider the idea of public art, we often think of permanent objects that mark or commemorate a specific site. Yet increasingly international and local artists have sought to find new ways to engage with the public, emphasising the temporary, the fleeting and the historical uniqueness of sites outside of the gallery or museum. This project will bring together leading artists and curators with a view to prompting a reconsideration of our understanding of Tasmania, and its very particular cultural, social and spatial resonances. Working across the mediums of sculpture, installation, video, photography, inter-media and performance, the series will seek to both delight and challenge audiences in its examination of how contemporary art might function to re-vision the unique public spheres of Tasmania’s urban centres.
The second and related curatorial premise involves the idea of changing an artwork over the course of its existence. Iteration:Again examines the possibility of actually reconfiguring or transforming public artworks over time by asking the artist to make four different chapters or ‘iterations’ over the course of a four week period. This idea of incorporating change into the work highlights a recent interest by artists in emphasising art as a potentially theatrical or even fictive medium, with the audience experiencing different moments or stages of encounter over a number of weeks. This idea provides the possibility of narrative sequences, formal investigations or temporal shifts that will emerge over the duration of the project. The work, for example, may begin as something modest and be added to over time or conversely may begin as a complete entity but have components subtracted over time. Iteration:Again seeks to recast our understanding of temporary public projects as a discrete event or viewing experience, instead enabling a suite or sequence of experiences. Such a model challenges artists to think about the potential for artwork that might shift over four weeks, and subsequently challenges audiences to rethink how they might make engage with this kind of dynamic, shifting artwork.