A contact point for artists and industry to develop joint projects
The RMIT School of Art advocates research in the arts through industry engagement and community-based projects.
Acting as a contact point between artists and industry is the RMIT Common Ground Network. This initiative develops transdisciplinary projects with industry partners in the context of contemporary urbanisation. Researchers involved in Common Ground Network projects include School of Art staff, professional artists, cultural industry partners and RMIT alumni.
The Common Ground Network strengthens existing industry engagement, supports long-term partnerships and builds new relationships.
The development of a strategic approach to industry engagement arose from the need for a more cohesive and tactical framework, which would provide an environment to allow researchers to forge stronger ongoing links with industry partners.
Installation at Railway House, Melbourne.
A series of public art projects and symposiums that were three-way inter-cultural trans-disciplinary collaborations between indigenous artists and designers in Melbourne, Australia, Oaxaca, Mexico, and Lethbridge, Canada. The project series occured over three years (2010-2012).
The project researched the issues of future directions in the decolonised world, in societies that have had differing but parallel colonial, settlement and migration histories. The research investigated how this has informed and transformed the three societies to become new social constructions and how this has made an impact on contemporary culture and art/design.
In September 2010, seventeen RMIT Art in Public Space researchers took part in an artists in residency program over three weeks in Istanbul, Turkey. The research residency was the result of a ten year partnership with the Sile Local Government. Sile is a region of greater Istanbul located on the Black Sea and is well known as a beach resort to locals of the area.
RMIT’s partner organization the Sile Local Government hosted the artist researchers on a historical tour of Turkey giving the group a background to the richness of the country’s heritage. At the end of the tour the researchers were based in Sile, Istanbul for over two weeks where they produced works to be displayed throughout the town. Artists responded to Turkey in unique and personal ways through the production of works of varied materials and content. A total of twenty-three projects were produced transforming the town centre into a site of exhibition.
Artist Cameron Robbins at work at his drawing machine installation, Queenscliff Vic. Photo by Cameron Robbins.
MERIDIANS - Shanghai 2010: Transdisciplinary Art & Sound in Public Space Project researched connections between public urban contemporary art and international collaborative practice through the creation of a contemporary art intervention in an urban space in Shanghai. The work was conceived and produced by a collaborative team of Chinese and Australian artists.
The project was initiated through an invitation from East China Normal University (ECNU) to work on a collaborative public art project and was seeded by the RMIT’s Design Research Institute – Intervention Through Art seeding grants program. A research trip to Shanghai took place in March 2009 leading to the overall development of the ’Art & Sound in Public Space Framework’ strategy which lead to a number of outcomes including Melbourne based collaborative public art projects.
To get involved with the RMIT School of Art community as a partner, sponsor, researcher or in any other form, please contact Dr Geoff Hogg on the details below.
For further information about the RMIT Common Ground network contact: