In conversation with New York Artist Mary Mattingly at ACCA Thursday May 2nd

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Image: Mary Mattingly, Endgame, 2017 Chromogenic dye coupler print All-inclusive limited edition of 5 plus 2 APs 30 x 30 inches 40 x 40 inches. Courtesy artist and Robert Mann Gallery

In Conversation with Mary Mattingly, Leanne Skaftouros and Alison Rogers (Dadnenong Primary School) at ACCA

This seminar for teachers brings together New York-based artist Mary Mattingly, local artist Kym Maxwell and teachers Leanne Skaftouros and Alison Rogers for an informal discussion about the expanding role of social practice in contemporary art.

The discussion will focus on the development of Mary Mattingly’s ongoing project Objects in the Round, premiering in Australia at the Arts Learning Festival, and Kym Maxwell’s ambitious new commission Objects of Longing, presented at MUMA during the exhibition Shapes of Knowledge. Specifically, the artists will tease out their common interest in collaborating with young people to examine the politics of everyday objects and institutional collections through a multidisciplinary approach to storytelling and performance.

Mary Mattingly has been brought to Melbourne by Independent Schools Victoria for its Arts Learning Festival. Her work has been featured in prestigious art festivals, galleries and museums around the world, and she has also collaborated with New York’s Museum of Modern Art Teen program. Kym Maxwell’s practice explores the relationship between education and social space. She creates cultural products that are performative and often co-produced with children, linking art institutions with communities in unexpected ways.

The discussion will be convened by Monash University Museum of Art’s Senior Curator Hannah Mathews, and the project has been generously supported by Gandel Philanthropy and Creative Learning Partnerships, a Victorian Government Initiative.

Bundanon Trust Residency April 2019

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IN RESIDENCE 2019

Maxwell will develop, strengthen and broaden her sculptural practice. Since 2016 she has manifested art works regarding her pedagogic experiences into large and mid-scaled sculptures that have been shown in multiple sites. Whilst at Bundanon, Maxwell wishes to further the exploration into the kinetic sculptural field with a focus on developing water-based sculptures, experimenting with kinetic energy and drawing upon life experiences.Kym Maxwell is an interdisciplinary artist and curator, working in social fields of art with a developing interest in the production of kinetic sculptures. Maxwell holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Monash University, Masters of Education from RMIT and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drawing) at VCA.

Maxwell's current practice is concerned with the relationship between education and social space, language and psychology. Her most recent work has interrogated educational contexts to produce a myriad of performative and installation outcomes in digital and print media and events.

In 2018 and 2019, Maxwell will produce a major new work for international exhibit Shapes of Knowledge at Monash University Museum of Art, curated by Hannah Mathews. Currently she is working on a Creative Learning Partnership with Dandenong Primary School, funded by Creative Victoria, which will culminate in an outdoor theatre work Objects of Longing produced with sound composer Daniel Jenatsch and students. In addition, the publication The Consequence was published exploring the field of pedagogic projects and her with Collingwood College Theatre Troupe A Wharfie's Story, designed by Public Office.

Launch A Wharfie’s Story - play, protest, consequence at MUMA February 23rd by Gallery Director Charlotte Day

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Available at MUMA< Perimeter Books and Amazon Distribution

Design: Paul Mylecharane and Beaziyt Wourou

ISBN9780992411732

Number of Pages320 DimensionsWidth: 203mm Height: 276mm Spine: 22mm Weight930g

A Wharfie’s Story - play, protest, consequence publishes for the first time the research materials, photographs, drawings, writings, and documents produced and gathered during the making of multifaceted art project A Wharfie's Story (2015). At the project's heart was the development of an original theatrical work co-created by myself, as a performing arts teacher, and students aged eight to ten years, as part of the Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum at Collingwood College, a P-12 school in inner-city Melbourne. The work included a free, outdoor, twelve-act performance, as well as a script, two subsequent exhibitions authored by myself, drawings and diagrams, research documentation and this book, which reflects on the various elements of the project as a whole. A Wharfie's Story is based on Jim Beggs and his wife Tui's true-life tale of perseverance and hardship as a wharfie and trade union family. Focused around the fight for fair work conditions on Melbourne's North Wharf from the 1950s to the 1970s, the play focused on Beggs's struggle to move from the corrupt bull system--where workers were hired on a daily basis at a central pick-up point--to become an independent unionist and negotiate fair work for wharfies. As the educator and therefore curriculum builder, Maxwell worked with forty-three students over two terms at Collingwood College to develop the play as part of the performing arts curriculum. Along with a school performance in the gym (20 November 2015), the main presentation was an hour-long performance on the lawn of Buluk Park--in front of Library at The Dock on Melbourne's North Wharf--on a warm and windy summer day (21 November 2015). The public space was transformed into a theatrical platform, juxtaposing the historic tale of the wharf against the site's contemporary 21st century interface. Jim Beggs himself introduced the performance to an audience of families and historians, who applauded the students upon conclusion. This publication is wide-ranging, as befits the project it is based on. The book is divided into six texts, creative responses, a script and images both historical and contemporary, offering a combination of documentation, reflection and analysis. These texts include an interview with Jim and Tui Beggs; a transcript of Jim Beggs's speech; a self-interview; pedagogue and curator Rosemary Forde's reflection on the exhibition storyboard poetics and pedagogic projects; pedagogue and artist Lisa Radford's personal 'Dear Kym'; as well as responses by the students and families involved in the project. The publication also documents the students' work and the two offshoot exhibitions created, Learning Labour (Monash University's MFA Show, Melbourne, 2017) and storyboard poetics and pedagogic process (West Space Gallery, Melbourne, 2017). The titles of the image chapters correspond both to the stages of the project itself and to the content on which it is based: History, Backstory; Organise, Pedagogical Dialogue; Resist, Establish, Set; and Exhibit, Respond. The Consequence seeks to reveal the story of the production; the people, the institutions and the exhibitions involved. Positioning the documenting artifacts within the territory of socially-engaged art-as-document, it explores the key pedagogic and practical concerns of a practice-based research that depends on, and works within, an educational setting. What is at risk when a pedagogic project is made public? What happens when the lines between teacher and artist, education and art object, become blurred? What are the politics of this kind of artistic production?

The Turn, with Ali Mc Cann Incinerator Gallery, April 5th - May 12th, 2019

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The Turn, Exhibition with Ali McCann, Incinerator Gallery, 182 Holmes Road, Aberfeldie, Moonee Ponds, Vic 3040.

The Turn is a collaborative inter-disciplinary installation by Melbourne based artists and educators, Kym Maxwell and Ali McCann. The works are a culmination of verbal and visual exchanges between the artists over a three month period, which traversed ideas surrounding institutional interiors and exteriors, Australian educational theories and the functions and failures of teaching and learning. The project is informed by a shared interest in the progressive educational reform in the 1970s and the educational turn proposed by contemporary theorist, Irit Rogoff (2007). Utilising their respective artistic practices as points of departure; strategic placements of photographs,  found objects, and furniture reference an imagined psychological landscape representing the personal and collective educational experience.

Objects of Longing (2018-2019), Shapes of Knowledge, MUMA, 2019

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Friday March 29th, I will be leading a discussion Victoria Secondary College School of Art regarding the ethics of pedagogic work and social engaged art as a practice at MUMA from 10-11am. We will explore the framing of acknowledgements and whose voice is primed within the show and works. What are the biases and how this can be addressed.

Object of Longing

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Throughout much of this year, contemporary artist Kym Maxwell has undertaken a residency at Dandenong Primary School to develop a multidisciplinary art project titled Objects of Longing. Students and staff at the school have participated in the project through an extended investigation focussed on ideas related to play, collecting and cultural production.

The project has included class excursions to Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) where students had the opportunity to go ‘behind-the-scenes’ at the museum to learn about what museums collect and why.

Following this, a series of weekly workshops were held at the school with Kym and other artists to develop a theatrical work. Throughout, students engaged in research, script writing, sound, prop, set design and construction. Objects of Longing will culminate in a suite of live performances/exhibitions at multiple venues including Dandenong Primary School, Harmony Square and MUMA.

The first of these live performances takes place on Thursday 6th December from 5:30pm in DPS’s school hall. Please come along to enjoy what promises to be an exciting performance by children from Dandenong Primary School. This project is funded by Creative Victoria through their Creative Learning Partnerships: School Residency Program in association with MUMA and Dandenong Primary School.

La La Hi Prism's New Model collection to be screened at the NGV

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Videos to be screened as part of a respective of 1990's Australian Art shall include five works from the New Model Collection of La La Hi Prism. This was a contemporary video art label I established and ran in 1999-2001 dealing with limited edition video works by Australia's eminent video artists at that time.

Ricky Swallow, Multistylus Program 1999, colour, sound, duration 1.30 mins, 6 mins loop

James Lynch, Real Life is Everywhere, 1998, colour video, sound, duration 5 mins

Lane Cormick, Calypso Frelimo Fiato, 1999, colour video, sound, 32 min

Nat & Ali, A Face of in the life of Nat & Ali, 2000, colour, sound, duration 1.30 mins, 5 mins loop

David Noonan, Lapsed, 1997, black and white, sound, 24 seconds, 5 mins loop

Stephen Honneger, Margin Walker, 1999, computer generated animation, colour, sound, 11 min 16 sec

Sadly, the Electra and New Stylee Collections will not be screened, but I hope to find a chance for their reprisal in additional collections, or via a screening in another institution or museum.

It would be wonderful if the NGV collect the important series of LLHP video works, as it a great compendium of Australian Video art and artists from the late 1990's early 2000's.

Informal Learning: George Paton Gallery

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Informal Learning is defined in this case as the type of learning that happens inside an institute that’s not explicitly taught. Rather, it is the learning that happens through social interaction, shared interests and fostering community. 

From April 5-13 for 7 days, Maxwell will invite students’ affiliated to the Student Union as directors, presidents and organisers of Melbourne University’s Club and Departments to respond to the provocation; What informal learning do their members engage in? How does fun factor into formal learning? What gaps are there within discipline-based curriculums that ‘Club’ type networks provide? 

The main gallery of George Paton will be activated to engage with the Clubs and Departments of Union House as they take over the gallery site. In addition, Maxwell will do a field study of Union House and detail its autonomy as an open site for informal activity and performance  that in character is self-directed. 

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE 

Wednesday April 5th The Spirit, Liqueur and Cocktail Appreciation Society holds a gin tasting 

Thursday April 6th The gallery plays ‘Radio Fodder’ featuring The Biggest Blackest Hour 

Friday April 7th Interviews and reflection on Level 2’s Game Play 

Monday April 10th A look into the history of Union House 

Tuesday April 11th An invitation to UMSU Departments and Clubs 

Wednesday April 12th Melbourne Universities, Electrical Engineers Club (MUEEC) will present their live robots for interaction and discussion, along with the closing event presentation. 

A Closing Night celebration of the outcomes of the research will be presented, April 12th from 5-7pm. All Welcome!

Young Publics Theatre Troupe

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Term 2: This introductory series of workshops will establish the makings of a unique child centered theatre group. This group will meet on an ongoing basis to develop a framework for continued sonic, video, sculptural and/or movement based works and interventions. The process will be active and thinking focused with an aim to complete a theatrical work in 2016. An emphasis is placed on understanding one another as part of the process. For children aged between 8 to 13 years.

Term 2: April 13th – June 22nd   $120 per term

 

Launch website Parenting is Political at Bus Project

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Angela Brennan, 'Settle for less' (2004)

Angela Brennan, 'Settle for less' (2004)

Tonight the wonderful website http://www.parentingispolitical.com was launched at Bus Projects. Designed by Rob Janes with the assistance of Ziga Testen, this website explores the unstable territory of parenting and its politic. 

The online component accompanies the exhibition of my own chalkboard drawings at Bus Projects to include a discussion of how care labour transgresses fields of management and governance. The contributors include Peter Tyndall, Anastasia Klose, Aurelia Guo and Angela Brennan [whom also presents an accompanying painting, in gallery 'Self-portrait (1998)] extends the conversation of parenting as a non exclusive condition, not solely occupied by a mother and/or father. A caring relationship can also be demonstrated through inclusive frameworks of animal, elderly, plant and corporation rearing. This website is the establishment of an on-going research into this stem concept.

Public Talk: Work/Life Balance, a talk exploring the works of Tai Snaith, WITH EUGENIA LIM

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Please join Tai Snaith and guests, Eugenia Lim, Kym Maxwell and Jo Scicluna, for a drink and discussion surrounding Snaith’s current exhibition, ‘Work-life Balance’ at The Other Side.

Forum 011 will be conversational in nature and governed by the broader themes informing Snaith’s ‘portrayals’ of each staff member at Paul Morgan Architects: exploring the notion of 'site' garnered through a process of exchange, sustaining one’s creative practice upon becoming a parent, interpreting this ‘juggling’ as a feminist practice and determining when it is (and isn't) acceptable to allow life to bleed into art.

Eugenia Lim is an Australian artist who works across video, performance and installation. Interested in how nationalism and stereotypes are formed, Lim invents personas to explore the tensions of an individual within society. Lim’s work has been exhibited internationally including the Tate Modern, GOMA, ACMI, HUN Gallery NY, and FACT Liverpool.

Kym Maxwell is an artist, curator, educator and writer whose work within and across these distinct fields investigates notions of education and social spaces. She explores risk adversity, play paradigms and relational aesthetics. Maxwell’s practice explores the types of interpersonal relationships generated in new situations such as socially engaged art activities and curation.

Date: Thursday January 28

Time: 5.45 pm for a 6pm start

Place: The Other Side, Level 10, 221 Queen Street, Melbourne

This series of artists’ forums are intended as an opportunity for professional development for each exhibiting artist. These discussions, focusing on spatial dialogue, are directed towards creative practitioners across the art, craft and design communities.

The Other Side is a practice-led exhibiting space. Situated in the entry foyer of Paul Morgan Architect’s Design Studio, its primary aim is to establish an art and architecture dialogue and a forum for the exchange of ideas. The space also aims to introduce the work of artists to architectural clients. The Other Side is a non-commercial initiative, where all sales generated go directly to each artist.

 

 

Parenting is Political

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In 2 weeks Parenting is Political my first solo show this year, opens February 3rd. I am very excited by the website, which is to be designed by Ziga Testen and his colleague. It includes contributions by Aurelia Guo, Anastasia Klose, Angela Brennan and Peter Tyndall. x for more details look here.

A Wharfie's Story reviewed in the Age

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Last year the students of Collingwood College and I produced the play A Wharfie's Story. Here is The Age review (promotion) of this work by Dylan Rainforth

Click here for the link. http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/wharfies-story-inspires-collaboration-between-artist-kym-maxwell-and-collingwood-college-20151117-gl0pva.html

A Wharfie's Story

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A Wharfie’s Story

WHEN: 21 Nov 2015, from 3- 4:30 pm

WHERE: Buluk Park, external lawn Library at the Docks

A Wharfie’s Story is a collaboration between the Collingwood College Theatre Troupe and artists Kym Maxwell, Gerard Van Dyke and Joel Stern.

The project is inspired by the autobiography Proud to be a Wharfie by Jim Beggs (2013), a story that traces Beggs life on the Docks as a worker and unionist. The students present their interpretation of wharfi labour and integrity through action and voice ith feedback from choreographer Gerard Van Dyke, and ive sound performance developed with Joel Stern.

The site specific show brings attention to the changing conditions of labour and workers’ rights at the Docks based on Jim Begg’s time there from the 1950’s. Even though 90% of the world’s trade travels via the ocean, the wharfies’ world and stories are somehow invisible.

This project has been supported by Council’s Small Project Grants Program.

Screening: Video Visions -

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'Nasa and Moonglow' will be presented at the Channels Festival, Video Visions program Friday September 25th at ACMI from 7:30pm.

This four minute video was developed in conversation with Claire Lambe appropriates the pre-code film 'Just Call Me Savage' (1932), starring 'IT' girl Clara Bow. The footage accentuates the unusual behaviours and dialogue of characters Nasaand Moonglow and utilises simple double screen editing techniques to draw attention to Nasa and actress Clara Bow and she performs a hysterical overwhelmed state. Within the context of feminist critique her rage offers the vice of ownership over hysteria in light of the provocations of her father and Moonglow the male victim of her juvenile behaviour.

Talk: Channels Provocation Series - The Future of Video Art

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Artists Joe Hamilton, Kym Maxwell, Sabina Maselli and Jessie Scott reflect on the evolution of video art and ponder its digital future.

Part of the Provocation Series, held at ACMI in the CBD and Grey Gardens Projects in Fitzroy, these talks and forums seek to move beyond representations or definitions of video art, and to understand where the medium of video is headed and interpret digital culture’s rapid progression.

Get tickets (free, but please book to confirm your place)