Category : Artist

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21st Century Artist Interview: Oran Catts

Pioneers in the fields of biological arts, Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr established the Tissue Culture and Art Project (TC&A) in 1996 as an ongoing artistic research and development project into the use of tissue technologies as a medium for artistic expression. In December 2010, Catts and Zurr spoke with Naomi Evans, Assistant Curator, Contemporary International Art about the Tissue Culture and Art Project and their contribution to the ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ exhibition which explores the classification of specimens in a changing era of genetic engineering.

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21st Century Artist Interview: Issac Julien

Isaac Julien is one of the most celebrated artist–filmmakers working with multi-channel video installations. He has developed a singular practice concerned with the transposition of film to spatialised installation and uses expert filmmaking and projection technologies to create new vocabularies for experiencing the moving image. In December 2010, Julien spoke with José Da Silva, Senior Curator, Australian Cinémathèque about his major installation WESTERN UNION: Small Boats 2007 featured in the ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ exhibition. WESTERN UNION: Small Boats is the final work in a trilogy exploring themes of physical and spiritual expeditions that began with True North 2004 and Fantôme Afrique 2005. In each of these works, Julien utilises dual narratives and multiple perspectives across an arrangement of screens to chart the movement of bodies from one place to another, reflecting geographic and environmental journeys that are connected with the experiences of migration in a contemporary world.

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The cubic structural evolution project 2004 | Plastic Lego blocks | Installed size variable / Purchased 2005. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Grant | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

21st Century Kids: Olafur Eliasson ‘The cubic structural evolution project’ 2004

Olfaur Eliasson’s unique installation puts the construction of a city into children’s hands! With thousands of white Lego pieces, the task is to create and re-create an ever-evolving metropolis. Over the course of the exhibition the project will change dramatically as young visitors build new constructions informed by both the world around them and their imaginations.

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Fly away home 2010 | Bird nests, paper, pencils, wallpaper, timber, MDF board, US dollars, glass | Commissioned by the Children’s Art Centre for ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ | Courtesy: The artist and the Queensland Art Gallery | Supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation 2010

21st Century Kids: Fiona Hall ‘Fly away home’ 2010

Fiona Hall is an Australian artist who is known for her ability to make extraordinary things from everyday materials. For ’21st Century Kids’, Hall’s interest in the migratory patterns of birds and nest-making is translated into a hands-on activity. Young visitors are invited to enter the nest-inspired activity space to create their own species of bird using templates and paper money created by the artist.

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(MIB) Made in Brisbane 2010 | Mixed media, LCD screens, glass, mirror, MDF board | Commissioned by the Children’s Art Centre for ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ | Courtesy: The artist and the Queensland Art Gallery | Supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation 2010

21st Century Kids: Romuald Hazoumè ‘(MIB) Made in Brisbane’ 2010

Beninese artist Romuald Hazoumè travelled to Brisbane to conduct workshops with local high school students to create a large scale installation especially for ’21st Century Kids’. As part of the installation a documentary of the creative process presents the artist’s and the students’ views on this unique experience.