RMIT Design Hub presents an exhibition examining the complex relationship between the artist and industry, within the context of what is described as our “third industrial revolution”.
Perceptive Power will be on display in Project Rooms 1 and 2, Level 2 at RMIT Design Hub from Friday 24 April to Saturday 16 May.
With a focus on environmental sustainability, the exhibition presents a diverse body of work including works by Melbourne-based artists Ash Keating and Keith Deverell; Sydney-based artists Joyce Hinterding and David Haines; and Paris-based collective HeHe (Helen Evans and Heiko Hansen); as well as an interactive, “in residence” program by Carbon Arts.
Spanning industry-funded public art celebrating technological progress, to activist art performances questioning the status quo, the artist voice seeks to shift our perspective, enhance our powers of perception and provoke action.
But how do these different relationships between the artist and the subject affect the power of these works to bring about change?
At what point does an artwork become a work of design shaped by a particular agenda and how much does this distinction actually matter?
Perceptive Power articulates the unique ability of video and sound art to combine data representation and narrative to offer new ways of seeing and questioning our relationship with the invisible forces that power our economy.
The artists “perform” the industrial infrastructure of the past and the present, challenging our perceptions of what constitutes beauty, horror, despair and hope.
Curated by Jodi Newcombe of Carbon Arts with RMIT University Centre for Art, Society and Transformation (CAST).
Co-curated for RMIT Design Hub by Kate Rhodes and Fleur Watson.
Part of the art+climate=change arts festival.
What: Perceptive Power Opening Celebration
When: Thursday 23 April, 6pm to 8pm
Where: Project Rooms 1 and 2, Level 2, RMIT Design Hub, RMIT Building 100, Corner of Victoria and Swanston Streets, Carlton
Website: Design Hub
For general media enquiries: Deborah Sippitts, (03) 9925 3116 or 0429 588 869.