School of Fashion and Textiles teacher Douglas McManus has been invited to exhibit his interactive textile work at the Museum of Old and New Art Dark Mofo Festival.
McManus’s showcase, Laundry of the Terminal Psyche, will explore the notions of emotion, erasure, violence and deterioration of the masculine body.
The site-specific installation will consist of textile sculptural forms, made from laser engraved and heat moulded microfibre, combined with digital textiles video and sound activated electro luminescent wire.
McManus said he was excited and honoured to have his RMIT-supported work exhibited at the annual Tasmanian art and music festival.
“This inclusion in Dark Mofo is an opportunity to work large scale with textiles and new technologies,” he said.
“The underlying concept of this new interactive work is the emotional concealment and camouflage of the male psyche in contemporary society.
“I am inspired by many sources, including historical male dress, personal and shared experiences with other men and symbolic popular culture references.”
McManus is an industry liaison and teacher in the Diploma of Textile Design and Development program at RMIT, focusing on experimental textiles and new and emerging textile technologies.
RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles helped sponsor McManus’s research, material and installation costs for the exhibition, with Head of School Robyn Healy endorsing his art practice and research.
“It is significant for our students that Douglas is based at RMIT where he is able to share his explorations of new textile forms and experiences,” Healy said.
“Leading practitioners in fashion and textiles are embedded across the programs offered by the School of Fashion and Textiles, giving students a unique currency within the field.
“This enables a deeper understanding of how design and production translates into industry and community applications.”
Laundry of the Terminal Psyche is a free exhibition between 10 to 28 June, located at the historic Rosny Barn in Hobart.