FROM DARKNESS TO THE MASSES NEW ARTS LAB SELECTS FIFTEEN AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS TO CREATE ARTWORKS FOR MAJOR FESTIVALS
This winter Hobart’s inaugural Dark MOFO will provide a fittingly provocative backdrop for the fifteen Australian artists chosen to participate in an intensive creative laboratory.
The lab is the first stage of SITUATE Art in Festivals, a platform designed to help early career artists create risk-taking artworks on mass scale for major arts festivals.
Leading interdisciplinary artists and creative producers will mentor the selected participants tthrough the 15 day residential Lab at Salamanca Arts Centreduring Dark MOFO in Hobart.
The mentors include: Techa Noble (Artist / Performer, The Kingpins, Romance Was Born), Jess Scully (Festival Director / Curator, TEDxSydney, Vivid Ideas), Liam Young(Architect / Designer / Futurist, Unknown Fields Division), Lynda Roberts (Architect / Public Artist, RMIT University), Sonia Van De Haar (Creative Director / Colour Specialist, Lymesmith), John Vella (Artist / Educator, Tasmanian College of the Arts), David Cross(Artist / Curator, Massey University NZ, Litmus Research Initiative), Paul Gazzola (Interdisciplinary Artist / Coordinating Provocateur), Colin Langridge (Touring Program, CAST Gallery) and Nicole Durling and Olivier Varenne (MONA Curators).
A nation-wide call-out in early 2013 resulted in 258 applications. “We were stunned by the response we received. Incredibly talented Artists from a range of disciplines all over Australia put forward very impressive applications” says Executive Creative Producer, Carli Leimbach “We are really looking forward to welcoming such a talented group of Artists, Provocateurs and Festival Directors to Hobart in June for the inaugural SITUATE Arts Lab” says Salamanca Arts Centre’s CEO/Artistic Director, Rosemary Miller.
SITUATE Art in Festivals is a Salamanca Arts Centre project assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its funding and advisory body.
The successful 2013 SITUATE Art in Festivals participants are;
DAN KOOP (VIC) – Live Art DAN KOOP is an Artist and Producer. Creatively, he makes performance works in unusual and public spaces that engage audiences to become participants. Professionally, he has worked for contemporary multi-artform venues and festivals.http://thesbsb.com
MICHAELA GLEAVE (NSW) – Visual Arts, Installation, Live Art, Performance MICHAELA GLEAVE is a visual artist currently based in Sydney, Australia. Working across a range of media including installation, performance, photography and video.www.michaelagleave.com
MATT PREST (NSW) - Installation, Performance MATT PREST is a theatre maker with a background in performance and installation. His work focuses on the audience experience of theatre as a live art form.www.mattprest.com
MAT WARD (TAS) – Community arts, live art, performance MAT WARD is a sound artist, composer and instrument maker. After graduating from the University of Tasmania in 2009 with a Masters Degree in Painting his practice shifted to Sound Art.
AMANDA SHONE (TAS) – Visual Arts AMANDA SHONE is a Hobart based artist whose solo and collaborative practice is multi-disciplinary but based within sculptural installation. www.amandashone.com
ANDY VAGG (TAS) – Visual arts, Community arts, Performance ANDY VAGG completed a Master of Contemporary Arts at the School of Visual & Performing Arts, Launceston, after completion of a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart. http://www.andyvagg.com
SELENA DE CARVAHLO (TAS) – Visual Arts, Design, Digital Media, Installation SELENA DE CARVALHO is a Tasmanian based cross-disciplinary artist. She was a Fine Art Graduate of the University of Tasmania in 2011, where her work was recognised with the Jon Lajos Prize and she was placed on the Deans Roll of Honor.http://selenadecarvalho.blogspot.com
TYRONE SHEATHER (NSW) – Visual Arts, Digital Media, Installation, Live Art TYRONE made the first film entirely in Gumbaynggirr Language in 2008. This film won Best Short Film and Peoples Choice at the Local Clapper Film Festival. This film is still being used for language teaching by Muurrbay Language Centre, and Training by 3rd Space Mob.
CIGDEM AYDEMIR (NSW) – Visual Arts CIGDEM AYDEMIR is a Sydney based installation and performance artist, who often blurs boundaries between the two mediums. She explores the convergence of gender, religious and cultural identities as well as themes of body politics and consumption.http://cigdemaydemir.net
MARTIN ABBOTT (NSW) – Architecture, Installation MARTIN ABBOTT is a Master of Architecture graduate from the University of Technology, Sydney and lives currently in Delhi. In 2012, he was awarded the Greenland Traveling Scholarship, a faculty graduate award for outstanding contribution in the field of sustainable development. http://cargocollective.com/abbottmartin
BEN LANDAU (ACT) – Design BEN LANDAU unwraps contemporary social, political, cultural, and technological discourses to reveal unknowns, and in doing so instigate awareness, change and growth. He uses narrative and performance to empathise and enact, often becoming immersed into a specific context or situation. www.benlandau.com
NATHAN STREET (QLD) – Visual Arts, Installation NATHEN STREET is an emerging new media artist who explores ways to bring the virtual and real worlds closer together by creating immersive physical and interactive environments by challenging traditional notions of interaction, and exploring methods that blur, and augment our realities. http://nathenstreet.com
JESS OLIVIERI (NSW) – Visual Arts, Installation, Live Art, Performance JESS OLIVIERI creates work that spans performance, sound, video, dance and installation. Jessʼ practice investigates the social and cultural factors that influence how we inhabit public space. www.parachutesforladies.com
LEON EWING (WA) – Visual Arts , Design Media, Community Arts LEON is an experimental dance filmmaker, who works in communities to make and project video with local people moving amongst their landscape. www.LeonEwing.com
VICTORIA LEES (ACT) – Visual Arts, Digital Media, Installation VICTORIA LEES is a visual artist who creates Temporary String Sculptures in various landscapes and locations (from parties, festivals to public spaces). The materials are reused and all care to minimize visual and physical impact on the environment is taken. http://victorialees.com