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18th Biennale of Sydney

The idea of collaboration — whether between people, disciplines, media or culture — seems to be a dominant theme in the current cultural landscape. It is something we have covered numerous times, and almost became an unofficial theme in issue 62 of Object magazine, so prevalent was it in the practices covered. And it is this idea that underpins the 18th Biennale of Sydney (BoS), open from June 27 to September 16.

Titled all our relations, the latest BoS (the first instalment of which opened in the Sydney Opera House back in 1973) is, for the first time, headed by two Artistic Directors — Catherine de Zegher and Gerard McMaster. The pair, who have previously collaborated at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto and The Drawing Center in New York, reference their partnership through a number of artistic combinations, bringing together artists from various corners to work on pieces at once local and global in their gaze.

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SafARI 2012

The Winter Solstice it may have been, but the shortest day of the year didn’t stop the opening of SafARI 2012 in Sydney’s The Rocks last night. The ‘unofficial fringe event to the Biennale of Sydney’ (which opens next week), SafARI 2012 focuses on highlighting Australia’s emerging, innovative and unrepresented artists, coming in a week ahead of the Biennale to platform these artists alongside their more established contemporaries.

Run by volunteers, the SafARI curatorial model matches their emerging artist mandate. Two emerging co-curators lead the charge for each incarnation (with 2012 being the fourth), with each co-curator participating for two years. However, the tenure ends on alternating SafARIs, meaning each co-curator gets a chance to cut their teeth alongside someone who has put in the yards on one event, before taking on that more senior, experienced role two years later, fostering another emerging curator. This year, Object’s Creative Programs Producer Danielle Robson participated in her second SafARI, alongside first-timer Nina Stromqvist.

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Position Vacant: Executive Assistant

Sadly, Kathryn Watkins is leaving us to study, which means we’re now looking for someone fantastic to fill her shoes. The Executive Assistant to Director and Associate Director is a permanent, full-time position based out of our offices in Surry Hills. In an exciting time for Object, the Executive Assistant will work closely with the Director and Associate Director, as well as managing the day to day function of the office, amongst other tasks.

For a full role description and more information, including how to apply, download this pdf.

Applications close at 5pm 29 June 2012.

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National Design Policy at Vivid Ideas

If you’re in, near, or visiting Sydney before June 11, head down to Circular Quay and its surrounds over the next few days. While the huge success of Vivid Live has ended, the Lights and Ideas facets of the programs continue in spectacular form — interactive 3D lightshows on the outside and stimulating sessions inside await.

Last night a few Object staff headed to the newly-renovated top of the Museum of Contemporary Art for Driving Australian Design — what a national design policy could do for designers. Put on by the Australian Design Alliance (who recently had success with a Pozible fundraising campaign) as part of Vivid Ideas, the evening featured three speakers from across the design spectrum.

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Tjanpi Desert Weavers at Koskela

Kylie Johnston is Object’s Gallery & Retail Manager.

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend the official launch in Sydney of the new Tjanpi Desert Weavers book. Hosted at Koskela with the amazing Russel Koskela and Sasha Titchkosky, the night also launched the new range of collaborative pendant lights with the Tjanpi Desert Weavers.

A few years ago Object Gallery hosted a beautiful exhibition Yuta Badayala (In A New Light.) It was the launch of the collaboration between Elcho Island artists and Koskela to develop a range of hand-crafted Indigenous home-wares in the form of light shades. The artists adapted their traditional basket weaving techniques and wove around light shade frames supplied by Koskela, using the traditional hand dyed pandanus fibres. The lights have been a really successful venture for the artists and Koskela and we had a huge response to the beauty of the pieces from the public.

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Graphic Design Internship

As well as an intern to work within digital and publishing, Object is also on the hunt for interns to join our graphic design program.

The graphic design internship is very highly regarded, and is a fantastic opportunity for a committed and passionate intern to join on of Australia’s leading design organisations. It is suitable for those seeking work experience within the design, visual culture and exhibition sectors. Due tot he nature of projects carried out by the intern, it is suited to students at a 3rd or 4th year level in their studies.

To find out more information, including what the internship entails and how to apply, download this pdf. The internship is a voluntary position with a 3 month duration, part time at 3 or 4 days per week.

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The Integrated Design Commission

The Integrated Design Commission of South Australia (IDC) was established in mid-2010, with Timothy Horton heading it up. For the last two years it has worked towards its stated vision:

‘Achieve a paradigm shift in thinking across South Australia that recognises the interconnectedness of the built and natural world and privileges collective action, civic participation, intelligent investment and global environmental leadership.’

The Commission aims to, quite literally, integrate design at early stages. The idea is that the decisions made early on impact the ‘opportunity for development to contribute positively.’

At the end of May it was announced that funding for the IDC will be discontinued in the forthcoming South Australian state budget. The IDC is a flagship governmental design organisation that has already made noise not only on a state level, but federally and even internationally. To lost the IDC after such a short period, and with such potential for its impact to scale and develop, would be a very disappointing outcome.

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Design Emergency — Live from Vivid Sydney

9:45am: A wet start to the Tuesday made the dash to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney much more rushed than was intended — designers, Billy Blue students and Object staff all struggled through the traffic, only to all be beaten by the kids from St Mary’s Public School, who had the furthest to travel but were the first to arrive.

Learning Coordinator Annette has just kicked off proceedings, and the day is underway. The location (the roof of the new MCA extension) is a pretty impressive venue. I’m typing this looking at the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House as Sydney Ferries talk in Circular Quay. Behind me, Andrew Simpson of Vert Design is catching up on the Discovery already performed by the kids from his school, Daceyville Public.

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Looking for a Digital Publishing Intern

Object is looking for a Digital Publishing intern to join their team in Surry Hills, working across the full spectrum of digital activity Object is currently engaged in.

Full details are available in this pdf. The intern program at Object is long, and we don’t believe in sending you to fetch our coffees and run our errands — we want you to get something out of the experience as well. For the right person, this could be a great opportunity at a very exciting time in Object’s development.

Download the pdf for more information as to what the role entails, and don’t hesitate to get in contact should you need any further information. The digital intern will be a rotating position, so please indicate your availability in your application.

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Calling Emerging Design ‘Writers.’

Object: Australian Design Centre is looking for emerging design ‘writers’ to become involved with a new, ongoing segment of Object magazine, profiling emerging Australian designers.

Here at Object, we’re not only interested in acknowledging those designers who are established and known — we have a history of also profiling designers who are at the beginning of their career, possibly exploring new and exciting modes of design. We’re also interested in supporting those who support designers — and very often, that support comes from design ‘writers’.

You may notice that ‘writers’ has been surrounded by quotation marks. That’s because ‘content creators’ doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

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