Peripheral Disturbance: Wandering Between Worlds

The Collections Project

Flinders University Art Museum

6 October – 30 November 2018

Gail Hocking works across sculpture, installation, site-specific works and new media. Through an exploration of a transient state of being, she observes the transient state of matter and investigates the interconnections of temporal disruptions, ephemeral matter, differing environments, and nonhuman forces that contribute to alternate pathways of making and knowing. This process acknowledges the ‘intra-actions’ of surrounding nonhuman forces that enact and transform creative artwork. New understandings give rise to the possibility that as humans we are intermeshed with the nonhuman agencies that surround us.

The outcome of Gail’s project is a site specific installation within the grounds of Flinders University Bedford Park campus.

The Collections Project: Flinders University Art Museum

The Collections Project is a collaborative project between Guildhouse and Flinders University Art Museum that provides artists with the opportunity to engage with the Museum’s collections and staff to create new work for exhibition. The Art Museum is a cultural facility responsible for preserving, developing and presenting the University’s contemporary and historical collections of art and connecting them with students, staff and the wider world through exhibitions, research and outreach.  With over 8000 works of art in its care, the Art Museum is one of the largest University arts collections in Australia.

My overall assessment is that this project is a most valuable and extraordinary opportunity for artists to engage with such a unique archive. The environment this creates is essential for creating new works that facilitate alternative ways of experiencing, engaging and understanding artworks their histories and culture for audiences, myself as the artist and art museum. My time spent in this project altered my perspective on the power of researching and artistic response as tools of communication to reach across cultures.

Gail Hocking



Exhibition Launch
Saturday 6 October 2018 | 3 – 4:30pm
Officially opened by Nicholas Jose, Author.

Public Program
Walking tour with Gail Hocking in conversation with Nic Brown,
Collections Curator, Flinders University Art Museum
Saturday 6 October 2018 | 2 – 3pm

Meet at the Lake
North Ridge adjacent the Plaza
Flinders University
Sturt Road | Bedford Park

Unearthing cultural collections
In conversation with Nic Brown, Gail Hocking and Heidi Kenyon. Followed by tour of Flinders University Art Museum collection stores.
Tuesday 16 October 208 | 10 – 11.30am

Flinders University Art Museum
Ground floor | Social Sciences North
Off carpark 5 | Humanities Road
Flinders University
Sturt Road | Bedford Park


Image: Gail Hocking, A precarious resilience 2018, found eucalyptus branch, muslin, black cement, porcelain slip, blended soy wax with artist’s skin imprint, hair nets Photograph Grant Hancock