I’ve had the privilege and pleasure to work with a number of established and emerging artist colleagues to work on the show In the Loop: Feeding the Polyphonic Present. Co-curating with the very talented Terry Pelarek and video artist Danielle Zorbas and under the auspices of senior curator Rhonda Davis we put together a show that I am very proud of.
In the Loop is an inaugural exhibition It arose, as many great happenings do, out of a frustration of the sometimes separate and lonely nature of higher degreee research and the want to celebrating the diversity of arts practice within our department, that being: Media, Music, Communications and Cultural Studies (MMCCS). Crazy name I know! We wanted to interrogate the liminal and expanding zone of creative practice as research. That is what does it mean to explore independent means of presenting, embodying and manifesting art-as-research; a research that does not simply write about art, but, that is, of it. In the multi-vocal polyphonic environment that is academia, where does creative practice fit in and how can it effect discourse in a unique and inspiring way.
Primarily, the exhibition is about creating platforms which encourage the celebration of art as scientific inquiry within the academic community. As creative practice researchers and practitioners it is sometimes difficult to understand how and where we fit into more common modes of text-driven analysis and neat disciplinary boundaries. Our work is by nature interdisciplinary.
By putting on the show we wanted to amplify the voices which do not fit neatly into more traditional paradigms of inquiry, and create a collaborative contemporary conversation about the place of creative practice within the broader research culture.
Aside form myself, In the Loop showcases work by multimedia research artists and academics Alex Mesker, Vanessa Berry, Terry Pelarek, Danielle Zorbas, Clare Cooper, Wade Marynowsky and Clinton Walker, across sound, video, drawing, installation and live performance.
Here are some pics of the show (all photos copyright of Effy Alesakis unless stated). In the Loop runs until the end of November 2015: