Deakin exhibition shows intersection between research and art

Media release
23 July 2019

Research meets art at a new Deakin University Art Gallery exhibition that explores the creative works of Higher Degree by Research candidates from the School of Communication and Creative Arts.

Everyday Research, co-curated by Deakin's Professor of Visual Arts David Cross, Associate Professor of Art and Performance Jondi Keane and Deakin Art Gallery Curator James Lynch, showcases the works in the fields of visual and performance arts.

Mr Lynch said the exhibition reflects the strong research culture at Deakin in the creative arts fields and the diverse interdisciplinary approaches to creative research.

"It also considers how practice-based research is informed through the everyday and how research-based activities have now become a part of daily life," Mr Lynch said.

The exhibition features the creative research of artists Rachel Hanlon, Victoria Holessis, Todd Johnson, Maddie Leach, Kirsten Lyttle, Jan Nelson and Lynda Roberts.

Everyday Research highlights the ambitious scope of artistic projects, with works including:

  • Lynda Roberts' Making Art Public - a series of interventions to create discourse around art in the public sphere
  • Rachel Hanlon's research around media archaeologies with her Hello Machine project
  • The deep thinking of monument making, remembering and colonial legacies in the work of Gothenburg based artist Maddie Leach
  • The impact of digital technologies in image making and our social relationships in the works of Jan Nelson, Kirsten Lyttle, Todd Johnson and Victoria Holessis.

An ongoing European Culture Centre project Venetian Blind, with artists Anindita Banerjee, Jane Bartier, Kari Lyon, Sandy Gibbs, Patrick Pound and Jondi Keane, also forms part of the Deakin exhibition.

Venetian Blind is a Deakin University initiative to coincide with the 2019 Venice Biennale. Twenty-three researchers and PhD candidates from the university's School of Communication and Creative Arts were invited to deliver a series of creative provocations to various locations, histories and stories around the city of Venice.

Everyday Research will be showing at the Deakin University Art Gallery at Deakin's Burwood campus and the Deakin Downtown Gallery at Melbourne's Dockland Precinct from Wednesday, 24 July to Sunday 1 September.

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