Thu 02 March 2017 9am – 3:30pm
Pricing: All: Free
Location: Samstag Museum and Bradley Forum, UniSA, City West Campus
Presenter: Alex Seton, Angela Tiatia, Gillian Brown, James Tylor
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Join this series of workshops and conversation around what it means to have a socially engaged art practice. Presented in partnership with the Samstag Museum who are exhibiting ‘The Ocean after Nature’, and ‘Countercurrents’ as part of the Adelaide Festival 2017. Thanks to the generous support of the Samstag Museum who are subsidising this workshop, the workshop is FREE. You will need to get in quick as there are limited numbers. Thank you Samstag Museum.
FOOD: A SOCIAL AND CULTURAL PRACTICE
James Tylor 9-10:30am
Hāngi is a Māori underground pit oven that uses heated rocks to cook meat and vegetables. In this workshop you will learn how to build a Hāngi, participate in the cooking process and learn about cultural practice. James will also take us on a walking tour of indigenous edible plants on the way to the next session at Samstag.
PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately SA Power and Telstra assets are in the vicinity of where we were to build the Hāngi workshop and unfortunately the logistics associated with relocating it mean we need to cancel the practical hands on Hangi workshop. James will still talk us through the steps to learn how to build and cook using this method, and we will learn about cultural practice. James will showcase indigenous edible plants highlighting how they have been used in the past and can be used today.
James Tylor is an Aboriginal – Maori – Anglo photomedia artist. James’ artistic practice examines concepts around cultural identity in Australian contemporary society and social history. He explores Australian cultural representations through his multi-cultural heritage, which comprises Nunga (Kaurna), Māori (Te Arawa) and European (English, Scottish, Irish, Dutch, Iberian and Norwegian) Australian ancestry. James’ work focuses largely on the 19th century history of Australia and its continual effect on present day issues surrounding cultural identity in Australia.
Curator Gillian Brown will lead a conversation with Alex Seton, Angela Tiatia, and James Tylor who each have work in ‘Countercurrents’.
There is growing interest in a socially engaged art practice as more artists focus their work on making an impact on social issues, and perhaps a desire to move beyond existing definitions of both art and the political.
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Workshop ideas and thinking extending from the morning conversation. Consider the priorities of a socially engaged practice, and how it is accommodated within, and extends beyond the confines of an institution.
Alex Seton’s artistic practice incorporates photography, video, sculpture and installation to investigate the complex relationship between form and substance. He is best known for his beguiling marble carving, applying his refined craftsmanship to unexpected forms. Blankets, hoodies, inflatables and national flags are rendered in stone, invoking a somatic paradox. By infusing the rich heritage of Classical statuary with contemporary concerns, Seton gives weight to the issues we face here and now.
Gillian Brown is Curator, Samstag Museum of Art and the curator of the Museum’s Adelaide Festival exhibition Countercurrents.
Social practice through synchronisation and repetition. Angela will open this workshop with a Sāmoan ‘ava (kava) ceremony which is held at important gatherings. Following the ceremony, experiment with sound using simple actions as vehicles for individual and collective focus through Sāmoan body percussion techniques.
As a multimedia artist, Angela Tiatia explores contemporary culture, drawing attention to its relationship to representation, gender, neo-colonialism and the commodification of the body and place. As a multimedia artist, Angela Tiatia explores contemporary culture, drawing attention to its relationship to representation, gender, neo-colonialism and the commodification of the body and place. Her work has been exhibited in Cologne, Singapore, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Mexico City, Honolulu, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and Wellington.