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fab8nz

From 21 to 28 August I found myself in Wellington, New Zealand, for fab8nz the eighth annual conference, forum and symposium put on by and for members of the international network of Fab Labs. Hosted by Massey University, attendees came from all over the world to collaborate, exchange and unveil future plans.

Fab Labs grew out of a course offered by Professor Neil Gershenfeld of MIT’s Centre for Bits and Atoms entitled ‘How To Make (Almost) Anything.’ What was initially a collection of incredible fabrication machines housed at MIT in Boston has spread its wings as far afield as the Netherlands, Ghana and, now, Wellington. At last count there were 135 Fab Labs throughout the world, with that number doubling approximately every year and a half.

Fab Labs (short for Fabrication Laboratories) have a mandate to be at least partially open to the public, and they push open source and education, both formal and informal.

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Anupama Kundoo at the Venice Architecture Biennale

The links between CUSP: Designing for the Next Decade and this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale just seem to keep growing. Object board member and CUSP Curatorial Advisory Group member Anthony Burke, who is the Head of the School of Architecture at UTS, is co-curating the Australian Pavilion. Toko, working with the co-curators, is heavily involved with the development of the Australian Pavilion, and are also developing the visual language for CUSP.

The last connection to come about was discovering that Anupama Kundoo, one of the designers featuring in CUSP, has been selected to feature in the Arsenale — the curated portion of the Biennale incorporating work from architects from around the world. This year, the Arsenale, as curated by David Chipperfield, has the theme ‘Common Ground.’

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Digital Intern

Object is looking for a Digital Publishing Intern to join our team in Surry Hills.

The Digital Publishing internship is a great way to gain experience in a broad range of digital activity from audio and visual editing, to online maintenance, writing, publishing and development. Plus you get to work with a bunch of really amazing people!

The internship is a minimum of 3 months long, 3 or 4 days a week. Full details are available here.  You will be working alongside the amazing Ross Colebatch, our own Digital Programs Producer.

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Robert Baines in Launceston

Sandra Brown is Object’s Touring Coordinator. She is currently in Launceston installing Robert Baines: Metal at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, and has checked in twice this week to let you know how it is coming along.

Wednesday 1 August:
I am on the road again with one of our touring exhibitions — Robert Baines: Metal. Installing at QVMAG in Launceston’s newly refurbished Royal Park site. What fantastic gallery spaces! The exhibition is going to look great here. Rod, one of their installers, is working on the lighting as I sit here writing. QVMAG has a great team and visitors are really going to enjoy the show in this space. Launceston might be cold but the museum is warm and friendly. I am looking forward to the opening Friday night when Robert Baines will give one of his fascinating talks about his work.

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Menagerie Opens in Canberra

Well here I am, standing right in the middle of the opening of the Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculptures exhibition at the National Museum of Australia. A great crowd has shown up on a miserably cold and wet Canberra day. Frank Howarth, director of the Australian Museum gave a great opening talk about Menagerie, its partnership with Object through concept, development and research to the final exhibition that has travelled Australia for nearly three years – from East to West and North to far South.

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Graphic Design Intern needed to start ASAP!

We need YOU!
Object is still looking for a graphic design intern to join their team in Surry Hills from July to October 2012.
The graphic design internship is a great way to sink your teeth into some exciting design work on some very inspiring and groundbreaking projects.

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Jeff Mincham:Ceramics Opens In Geraldton

Last week Jeff Mincham: Ceramics opened at Geraldton Regional Art Gallery and the news from this, our second Western Australian venue is that it is already a great success.
Although Jeff Mincham hails from South Australia, he is also a well known and respected ceramicist in WA, especially in Geraldton where he held a number of workshops in the 1980s and 90s. Jeff feels that his exhibition has a strong affinity with the Geraldton area, especially the environment and he hopes that WA audiences with see this connection.

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Ojos Obsession At Object

If you love pairing creativity with collaboration as much as I do, you can’t beat Object’s Making Workshops for a fun way to spend part of your Saturday.  The second instalment of the Making Workshop series as part of GROUNDBREAKER was a fantastic Ojos de Dios (God’s Eye) Weaving Workshop with Melinda Young.

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Let The Workshops Begin!

Object’s making workshops as part of the GROUNDBREAKER series started on the weekend with the first being Storybook Bunting, run by the amazingly talented and lovely artist Michele Morcos.

During GROUNDBREAKER, the Object Gallery has been decked out as a design lab featuring open workspaces and walls to be filled with innovation problem areas and, eventually, solutions. It feels open and inviting and is a great space to come, play, and collaborate creatively in.

Michele started us off with her well-researched spiel about bunting being a thing to mark celebrations. Think London celebrating the recent Diamond Jubilee: cities gone crazy with bunting strung from every surface possible! What it really seemed to embody was the public display of hope and joy for the future. The thing anyone who has ever thrown a good party knows, though, is that to do it right you have to personalise it and truly make it your own. Enter Michele’s concept of Storybook Bunting as a way through decoration and display to celebrate and tell your own story.

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Touring Through Winter

Winter is definitely not hibernation time here at Object touring, with our touring program back in full swing. After a quiet month or so while the exhibitions are on show around the country, it is now a ‘chock-a-block’ time for touring exhibition installations in NSW, ACT, Tasmania and WA.

Our wonderful installer Robert has just come back from Geraldton, WA, after installing Jeff Mincham: Ceramics in the regional gallery there. After a very successful showing at Bunbury Galleries, the exhibition will be at Geraldton Regional Gallery until 21 September. Then it is off to its final destination at Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery in Victoria.

Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture has just been delivered to the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, where it will be installed in the First Australians Focus Gallery over the next 2 weeks.

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