Remedial Works project at PICA
Fri, 10 Nov, 6:30pm
- When 10 Nov - 24 Dec 2017
Perth Cultural Centre 51 James Street Northbridge Perth, WA, 6003
Tues to Sun, 10am - 5pm
+ 61 (0) 8 9228 6300
Opening at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Remedial Works brings together an international selection of artists working to understand the novel and specific materials that shape contemporary global societies, and how these materials and their embedded meanings affect human bodies and relationships.
Remedial Works explores the notion that human bodies are subject to highly diverse and complex environments consisting of surfaces and substances – such as rare earth metals, the ingredients of modern food science to pheromones, hormones, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals – equally palliative and poisonous and all connected to the capital.
UNSW Art & Design lecturer Clare Milledge's work "Strigiformes: Binocular, Binaural" is a 10-minute duration time-based painting installation/performance incorporating her ongoing research into the role of the artist-shaman in contemporary ecologies; in particular, bird-human relations.
Milledge's project combines diverse elements based on geographically-specific ecological surveys of vertebrate species by Australian ornithologists, the phone app Tinder and human translations of other vertebrate species calls. Her performance-painting-installation features a 70 square metre hand-sewn silk rainbow backdrop, a specially commissioned soundscape by Tom Smith including sound material collected by Milledge, human-bird performers and a psychedelic whip-cracking bird-shaman. Data woven into the work has been collected from locations around the globe including Byron Bay (Australia), Glenorchy (New Zealand) and Oslo (Norway).
Curated by Andrew Varano Remedial Works features work by Sophie Cassar, Clare Milledge (UNSW Art & Design), Pakui Hardware, Shana Moulton, Jess Tan and Anicka Yi.