Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Stream is an idea made wet

Data Flow is off and running - and what a fantastic launch event we had on Tuesday the 3rd to get it all going. Featuring work by 11 artists across all 3 gallery spaces, it's a veritable feast for the eyes and the mind. Tapestries from New York artist Erin M Riley are on show next to video game incursions by Melbournian Georgie Roxby Smith. Oil painting by Sydney-born, LA-based Jonathan Zawada sits opposite abstract art made of glass and salt by English-born, Tasmania-based Kit Wise. And so so much more!

A full house for the opening night launch

As always, we have a series of public programs running parallel to the exhibition, allowing for new ways into understanding the artwork and the ideas behind it. For Data Flow we have three events scheduled for you, all free, and all very different.

Floor Talk:
Saturday 14 March, 1-2pm
Artists from the exhibition will be joined by Senior Curator Mardi Nowak to talk about their artwork, the ideas underlying it and their processes for creating it. A great opportunity to meet and talk directly with some of Australia's most interesting artists and to learn more about the curatorial approaches of Town Hall Gallery. Bryan Spier, Dr Troy Innocent and Viv Miller will be some of the artists talking about their work and will be on hand to take questions about their practices.

Viewers enjoying the work of Georgie Roxby Smith (right) and Erin M Riley (background)

Kids' Workshop:
Sunday 29 March, 1-3pm
Join Ace Wagstaff in a workshop that explores image making with cameras. Working with lo-fi techniques such a mirrors, plastic and lights, Ace will demonstrate ways to create image effects normally achieved with software and media filters. The workshop will be conducted in two sessions - 'think & talk' and 'do & make' - enabling kids to learn about techniques and put them into practice. Each participant will take home a digital folio of their work. Fun and educational for children aged 7 and over. 

A happy trio in front of the work of Kit Wise
Cinema Sessions:
Sunday 12 April, 1-2.30pm
Everything is a Remix is a four-part video series produced by New York film-maker Kirby Ferguson. It explores ideas around appropriation, copyright and the artistic licence of creative practitioners who make new work from materials already available. Town Hall Gallery will air all four episodes of the series, and offer our audience a chance to consider its themes in relation to the exhibition in the main galleries. Of particular focus is the way in which digital technologies have come to influence our creative output and our understanding of ownership and control.

The film screening will be followed by a tour and discussion of the current exhibition Data Flow, led by Dr Kent Wilson.

Bryan Spier, Steven Rendall, Troy Innocent, Mardi Nowak (Senior Curator), Darcey Bella Arnold, Kent Wilson (Assistant Curator) and Georgie Roxby Smith

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