ORGANIC ALGORITHM

ORGANIC ALGORITHM

ORGANIC ALGORITHM

VISUAL ART INSTALLATION //  By Bella Deary

Presented by Metro Arts 

Enlarged animal cells take over Metro Arts! Bella Deary examines the integral shared biology of humans and animals through these magnified latex cells.

Organic Algorithm investigates biological commonalities amongst all animals by examining an intrinsic and fundamental component of any living body, the animal cell. This is achieved through the creation of a series of pink latex sculptures of these enlarged cells. Such magnification of the cell prompts viewers to re-imagine and re-define the body’s relationship to the natural environment.

These sculptures are attached to the banister of the New Benner Theatre in a formation mimicking the growth of parasitic barnacles. The implication of organic life overtaking an industrial space advocates for a future whereby natural life becomes more prominent than human constructions. This ultimately places a critical eye on our response as a society to climate change, and encourages the audience to focus on what connects us to our environment rather than what sets us apart.

DATES

Thu 8 – Sun 11 Apr

VENUE

Metro Arts, West End

THE ARTIST

BELLA DEARY

Bella Deary is an emerging Meanjin Visual Artist whose practice gathers influence from biological and ecological science, and climate activism to promote the equality of humans with the natural environment. Deary often uses latex as a key material to construct installations which resemble the organic qualities of the human body.

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NON SENSE

NON SENSE

NON SENSE

VISUAL ART INSTALLATION //  By Nicholas Tossmann

Presented by Metro Arts 

Do you ever feel like you’re talking in circles with your own inner voice? This dual channel installation questions the meaning we make out of the nonsensical language and world around us.

This dual channel installation utilises opposing screens to create a disjointed conversation between two videos of Nicholas Tossman. Both screens present a still close-up shot of the artist repeating a word at random intervals, with one depicting the artist saying ‘Non’ and the other ‘Sense’. By dividing the word, ‘nonsense’ into two separate terms a conflict within the word and figures becomes present.

Here ‘Non’ is being used to express the negation or lack of something, while ‘sense’ refers to the coherence of how we understand and perceive input. In stark opposition to each other these words create further nonsense as they overlap and align at random.

Through this argumentative monologue, Tossmann asks the audience to question the meaning we make out of the nonsensical language and world around us, forcing us to confront our own internal conflict and either accept or reject this chaos. 

DATES

Thu 8 – Sun 11 Apr

VENUE

Metro Arts, West End

THE ARTIST

NICHOLAS TOSSMANN

Nicholas Tossmann’s practice investigates how art and practice can be a means of purpose. As extension Tossmann explores ideas surrounding existentialism in a spiraling method, focusing on reflecting on the processes of being an artist. This self-reflexive method of working utilises: text, mapping, performance, audio, video and installation. Tossmann’s work aims to create a more conscious and introspective experience of art.

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TRANSLITERATION

TRANSLITERATION

TRANSLITERATION

VISUAL ART INSTALLATION //  By Paean Sarkar

Presented by Metro Arts 

Technology isn’t always perfect, especially when it comes to auto-generated text, but Paean Sarkar is putting Microsoft Word’s ‘dictate’ function to the test.

Transliteration is a series of nonsensical ‘lyrics videos’ that accompany Paean Sarkar’s song renditions of several celebrated works by Bengali poet, writer and composer Rabindranath Tagore. The lyrics are produced by speaking the original Bengali lyrics into Microsoft Word’s ‘dictate’ function set to ‘English (Australia)’. The resulting text is a nonsensical stream of random english words that brings neither clarity or meaning to Tagore’s lyrics.

This incomprehensible translation explores Sarkar’s relationship to language, specifically Bengali (her mother tongue) and English (her current dominant speaking language) as a 2nd generation immigrant. Tagore is crucial to this work, due to both his influence globally and within the Bengali lexicon. His work, juxtaposed by the process of the Transliteration series, comically exaggerates the dissonance that can occur in the exchange between two languages. This artwork does not intend to disrespect Tagore, but instead hopes to start a critical dialogue around the cultural disconnect of being a bi-lingual Australian.

DATES

Thu 8 – Sun 11 Apr

VENUE

Metro Arts, West End

THE ARTIST

PAEAN SARKAR

Paean is an emerging multimedia artist, working in a minimalistic style to illustrate abstract concepts. Her works in the past have explored themes of identity, space, and the relationship between viewer and art object. Paean’s practice is rapidly evolving as she moves through her visual art studies at QUT.

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ENGKANTO

ENGKANTO

ENGKANTO

VISUAL ART INSTALLATION //  By Rhanjell Villanueva

Presented by Metro Arts 

Using sculptural costumes influenced by ball culture, Rhanjell Villanueva explores the intersection of Filipino diaspora and queer culture against the backdrop of a colonised Australia.

Titled after the Filipino spirits it draws inspiration from, Engkanto explores the intersectional identities of the Filipino diaspora within the context of the settler society of Australia.

The re-imagination of pre-existing mythologies and the transformation of futuristic folklores in this body of work evoke a sense of empowerment to those individuals whose voices come from a place of oppression and displacement. It is imbued with a genuine benevolence to disrupt the Eurocentric lens of photography, putting forth what may exist within those voices that are often silenced, the identities that are often misunderstood and underrepresented in our society.

The microcosms of Filipino identities reveal stories of reclamation, resilience, and perseverance while concurrently defining what it means to be a person of colour working and surviving in the Australian landscape.

 

DATES

Thu 8 – Sun 11 Apr

VENUE

Metro Arts, West End

THE ARTIST

RHANJELL VILLANUEVA

Rhanjell Villanueva is a Meanjin-based emerging artist, whose artistic practice critically analyses the traditional Filipino culture against the language and values of western societies. Traversing the multitude and intricacies of cultural identity by unraveling postcolonial patterns and cultural conflict, his works aim to decolonise and demonstrate the metaphysics of Filipino-futurism.

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JOURNEY OF THE SELF

JOURNEY OF THE SELF

JOURNEY OF THE SELF

VISUAL ART INSTALLATION //  By Nimue Dreaming

Presented by Metro Arts 

Nimue Dreaming embraces a contemporary Indigenous style to paint her personal journey of self-discovery.

Journey of the Self  by Nimue Dreaming (also known as Kyah Nimue) is a three part acrylic work painted on wooden boards that explores Kyah’s journey of self-discovery in a contemporary indigenous style.

The smallest work is a representation of herself, a series of three connected circles slowly expanding outwards as she learns and grows. The second shows Kyah surrounded by family, being supported and loved. The final and largest work subsequently depicts Kyah creating new connections and reaching outwards into the world empowered by her self growth and the support  of her family.

 

DATES

Thu 8 – Sun 11 Apr

VENUE

Metro Arts, West End

THE ARTIST

NIMUE DREAMING

Nimue Dreaming, also known as Kyah Nimue, is an emerging contemporary indigenous artist with ancestral connections to the barkindji and pitjantjatjara mobs. She paints in different styles and mediums. Her works are often inspired by her personal experiences and feelings, and the diverse flora and fauna of her home.

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BORN UNDER A TREE

BORN UNDER A TREE

BORN UNDER A TREE

VISUAL ART INSTALLATION //  By Kyra Mancktelow

Presented by Metro Arts 

Through traditional markings and a strong weave connecting clay trunks, Kyra Mancktelow represents the reclamation of identity and the resilience of cultural connections

Born Under a Tree shows traditional Indigenous markings carved into hollow clay trunks, each broken section connected together by a strong weave to denote resilient cultural connections and the regaining of identity.

This work explores the history of Kyra’s Mancktelow’s family in which her great grandfather Henry Hopkins was born under a tree in Eulo, Queensland. As a child Hopkins was taken from his mother and ‘adopted’ into a Western family. This act left his mother childless and tore him away from his cultural connections.

Through this deeply personal sculptural installation, Manktelow examines the intergenerational effects of this traumatic event on her family.

 

DATES

Thu 8 – Sun 11 Apr

VENUE

Metro Arts, West End

 

Image: Born Under a Tree, by Kyra Mancktelow. Image courtesy of the artist and Redland Art Gallery Collection. Acquired in 2021 with Redland Art Gallery Acquisition Funds.

THE ARTIST

KYRA MANCKTELOW

Kyra Mancktelow is a Quandamooka woman with linkage to the Mardigan people of Cunnamulla and South Sea Islanders. With no limitations to medium Mancktelow explores the abiding theme of bringing forth her rich cultural traditions, knowledge and history for the viewers to connect, reflect and recognise.

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