Beyer’s current work investigates the idea of Sehnsucht, a German word which means ‘the soul’s longing for something impossible or unknown’, and escapism, through the use of liminal space.
This exhibition is part of an ongoing investigation into the concept of liminal space through the lens of personal mythologies, popular culture and humanist geography. Each piece directly references the movie Xanadu (1980) and are predominately created using a computer program, run through the open source program Processing. The use of a programming language borrows ideas from the instruction based art of the conceptual artists of the 1960s. The computer program is a written instruction that the computer
follows. This instruction provides the computer and the viewer with a means of escape, to aid in the transformation process and pass through the liminal space.
Social media apps like Snapchat reflect the way we use social media to transform our boring everyday lives into something more interesting and exciting to present to the world.
At the present time Sue is a Master of Fine Art research candidate at the VCA in Melbourne, supported through an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.
A ritual. Something synthetic, something sexual and sacred. A fungus which grows over the suburban
anthill of mass consumption. The human body as an esoteric map which reveals to us the secrets of the cosmos.
Alien Party in the Swamp is both experiment and ceremony. An installation of televisions and recycled debris is handed agency as it summons its own synchronicities and disharmonies. Sculptures, effigies and actions are manifested in response; offerings to the cloud, artificial bodies in a constant state of flux. The screen and the gallery become sites of research on the disturbed intersections of suburbia and a
twenty-first century spirituality.
Haydn is a young artist currently undertaking his Bachelor of Fine Arts (Photography) at the Victorian
College of the Arts. This is Haydn’s first solo exhibition. He has recently won awards for his works in The Lurid World at the George Paton Gallery and in PROUD 2017 at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery.
Haydn is the 2017 recipient of the GPG/Mudfest award
The university’s student union has been a constant yet ever evolving part of campus life since its beginnings in 1884. Mirroring the changing student demographics over the decades, the union witnessed the rise of women and queer students and more recently the rise of an international student population. Whilst going through numerous structural shifts and redesigns since its inauguration, the union has functioned as a mirror to student change and protest, from the original Old Museum Building, to the current 1960s modernist building and hopefully into the shift of the union closer to Grattan St in the near future. As well as forming a student hub on campus the union has been at the height of national and international issues of its time, participating in student action against the White Australia Policy, the Vietnam War and the liberation groups of the late 1960s and 1970s, among many other
causes. Architecturally and spatially moving with change, the building houses a progressive student spirit that reaches far beyond the walls.
This exhibition presents the history of UMSU’s autonomous departments: Women’s, Queer, Indigenous, Disabilities and People of Colour, positioned alongside a surveying of the student union’s place at the forefront of progressive social action for over one hundred years and as representative of the ever evolving student body. Modern day ephemera is displayed alongside early images of student life, a range of student publications and newly
commissioned artworks by VCA students, portraying the multifaceted ideals of social progress and student
representation housed within the union.
IMAGE: LEFT Rebuilding of Union House, University of Melbourne, circa 1967-1968. Black and white print, 11 x 16.5cm.
University of Melbourne Archives, 2017.0071.00652. Copyright owned by University of Melbourne Archives.
Exhibiting artists: Ravi Avasti, Sam Burke, Vismante Cai, Margot Deen, Danny Frommer, Tara Gilbee, Lorraine Heller-Nicholas, David McBurney, Janno McLaughlin, Damien Melchiori, Arna Meldrum, Lindsay Moffatt, Lucy Parkinson, Zamara Robison, Anna Rowbury, Ben Sibley, Penelope Skliros and Kate Wallace
#fromwhereistand uses as its starting point an Instagram tag and a 2017 image shot from the window of a rented room in Finland. Final year Masters of Contemporary Art students from the VCA will each develop and make work that responds to these prompts while taking into account their relationship to the site of the GPG.