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Listen: Designer Bodies—The Heart Of It

On 9 July 2013, Fenella Kernebone, host of Radio National’s By Design program, facilitated a panel discussion featuring CUSP designer Leah Heiss, as well as Design + Industry Director Anthony Honeyfield and Dr John Cartmill, Professor of Surgery at the Australian School of Advanced Medicine. Click ‘Read More’ to listen to the full recording of the four talk on the topic of ‘Can design humanise medical technologies?’ Or if you prefer, you can always download the audio to listen to at your leisure!

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CUSP Preview Video

We have just had the preview video for our next major design exhibition, CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade delivered by the uber talented Patrick Abboud.

It’s a 2 minute snapshot of the exhibition, the 12 amazing designers featured in it and the questions they are asking of design. It was pretty damn exciting to watch it the very day before the exhibition opens in Sydney at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre tomorrow and runs until 1 September. It is such a well shot piece that really gives you a taste of what design can do - the best Christmas in July present you could ever get!

Check out the video here.

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Behind The Scenes of the CUSP Installation

CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade started arriving at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre on Monday and it was very exciting to finally see the Freeman Ryan Designs (FRD) designed exhibition furniture delivered into the Turbine Hall.  The last two days have been full on registering works from several of the designers such as Alison Page, Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller, Chris Bosse as well as sorting through all the digital and tech hardware. Searching through the crates of works, learning how to thread the sculptural fabric onto Chris Bosse’s rings, small adjustments here and there, finding out what goes with that and much more.

There have been some light times, as can be seen in the quick snap of our Project Manager Cynthia Colli trying out Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller’s Hanging Off A Bar installation late yesterday.

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unDisclosed: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial at Samstag Museum, Adelaide

Yesterday afternoon I took some time out from the Robert Baines: Metal exhibition install at JamFactory to visit some of the galleries in the nearby art precinct. There were lots of great choices, but the one that resonated and stood out for me was unDisclosed: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial currently at the Samstag Museum, until 5 July, 2013. unDisclosed features 20 contemporary Indigenous artists; some already well known to Object audiences such as Danie Mellor, Lorraine Connelly Northey, Julie Gough and Lana Yarinkura.

A good excerpt taken from the brochure that I liked described its aim to: ‘’ daring exploitation of new fields of practice and artistic inform and redefine contemporary Indigenous art as we presently know it.’‘

 

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Performers needed for CUSP, no experience necessary!

Super Critical Mass is a sound-art design team who are creating “Pivotal”, a multi-screen video installation work and performance for CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade.  And they need you! They’re inviting people ‘en masse’ to perform simple vocal tasks such as humming and singing long notes to create an ambient and immersive work.  You don’t have to be a trained singer - in fact, your individual vocal sounds are what the guys are looking for.

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101 Contemporary Australian Artists

Recently while perusing the shelves of the AGNSW bookshop I came across a new NGV publication titled 101 Contemporary Australian Artists. It’s a compendium of Australian artists working in all disciplines who are making a contribution to our contemporary art scene.

No sooner had I opened the book than several of Object’s friends popped out! The well-known Janet Laurence is featured, as is MATERIALBYPRODUCT one of the designers in CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade, our next big creative program.

There’s also an entry on Robert Baines, of Object’s Living Treasures fame. Baines is a master of re-interpreting stylistic and manufacturing traditions of jewelry and decorative arts and reflecting those in his wildly exciting jewelry.

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On the cusp of CUSP!

After months and months of researching, planning, negotiating and budgeting for CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade, it’s terribly exciting when lofty ideas start to become tangible realities.

Once such happy moment came last week when Patrick Abboud the talented (and rather handsome) filmmaker creating a twelve part micro-documentary series about the CUSP exhibitors, emailed through a few behind-the-scenes snaps from his first Melbourne shoot. Deliciously cinematic and emotive, the teaser images you can see in the image gallery left us champing at the bit to see more.

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Working Together — The SLQ Perspective

A couple of weeks ago, representatives of the venue partners for CUSP: Designing for the Next Decade gathered in Sydney for a two day workshop exploring ways to exchange information and engage audiences, passing knowledge around the country. Previously, Sandra Brown outlined her reaction to the day, and here Naomi Takeifanga of the State Library of Queensland reflects on the two days.

Sitting in Brisbane at a picnic table in the middle of a swimming complex for yet another kids birthday party, the notion of design and its importance in our lives for the everyday becomes more than apparent. I won’t bore you with the details but, living in the sunshine state where swimming pools are a way of life, public swimming pools need that extra special design. Kid spotting is hard enough, let alone being set up 50m from the kids. Nothing good design in its basic sense couldn’t easily fix.

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Working Together — A CUSP Venue Partner Workshop

Wow! What a week it was last week here at Object, starting with our new exhibition, Life In Your Hands: art from solastalgia, opening last Friday night; and then fronting up Monday and Tuesday for our first ever Working Together Workshop for CUSP: Designing for the Next Decade national touring partners and Object staff. Representatives attended from Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery in Launceston, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, JamFactory in Adelaide, Casula Powerhouse and the State Library of Queensland, with a phone-in from the Western Plains Cultural Centre in Dubbo.

In my 8 years here at Object I have never known quite an event to happen where we bring representatives from the touring venues for a major national exhibition together to brainstorm and share knowledge about their venues, their touring programs, public programs and what they would like from incoming touring exhibitions. Another WOW! That in itself is pretty radical, but I must say that everyone there was soon saying ‘why hadn’t this happened before now?’

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Object is seeking a Curatorial & Exhibitions Intern

Object is looking for a Curatorial & Exhibitions Intern to work with the creative programs team on the nationally touring program CUSP: Designing for the Next Decade. Responsibilities will range widely but will be focused on supporting all aspects of the exhibition and events program, which includes a major exhibition presented in Sydney at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in July 2013 that then tours nationally to six other venues until mid 2015.

For more information view the info sheet here.

Applications close Friday 23rd November 2012, with the internship ideally starting in December 2012. (Object office closed 21 December – 7 January)

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