Tag : Australia

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21st Century Artist Interview: Ionat Zurr

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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Camera/Editing: Ben Wickes

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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Fiona Hall | Tender (detail) 2003-06 | US dollars, wire and vitrines | 86 nests, approx., ranging from 5 x 10cm (diam.) to 108 x 17 x 13cm; two vitrines (each comprised of three parts): 220 x 360 x 150cm (each); 220 x 360 x500cm (installed, variable) | Purchased 2006. The Queensland Government's Gallery of Modern Art Acquisitions Fund | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

CULTURES OF EXTRACTION by Ghassan Hage

I have an urge to write about cultures of ‘extraction’. It probably has to do with the rise and rise of Australia as a Mining Nation. For what is a mining nation if not a nation grounded in an economy …

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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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Alien nation embassy 2008 | Touchscreens, computers, LCD screens, LED screen, mixed media, digital print, wallpaper, DVD players, acrylic, plywood, MDF board and online | First commissioned by the Children’s Art Centre for ‘Contemporary Australia: Optimism’ with the support of Gina Fairfax 2008 | Courtesy: The artist and the Queensland Art Gallery | Supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation 2010

21st Century Kids: Tony Albert ‘Alien nation embassy’ 2008

Tony Albert’s Alien nation embassy 2008 is a multimedia interactive that invites all earthlings to become honorary citizens of the Alien Nation — but not before passing the citizenship test! This multimedia installation features two dynamic activity spaces that include a population counter, a global map that tracks new alien citizens and electronic ‘swipe’ cards for kids to access secret alien information. Play online and access exclusive citizen-only activities.