Image credit: Shona Illingworth, ’Lesions in the Landscape’, 2015, digital still
Channels Festival is proud to present two satellite events in November and December 2015, with our International Partners, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (UK), and The Ferry Gallery (Bangkok).
Friday 6 November 2015, 6:30pm
Pack a picnic dinner and join in the global conversation of memory, time, place and identity with Dr Tony Birch, Dr Sara Wills, artists Steven Rhall and Siying Zhou. The panel will investigate what constitutes contemporary Australian identities and their representations in visual culture.
As a satellite event to FACT Human Futures Forum and the FACT and Channels 2015 Artist Bursary video art competition, this panel discussion will explore Australian place-making through the lens of history and storytelling.
About the Panelists
DR SARA WILLS
Dr Sara Wills is currently Associate Dean for Engagement and Advancement in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne, academic convenor of the Executive Master of Arts in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and a senior lecturer in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. Sara has taught and published widely on Australian migration issues, as well as histories of nature in nineteenth-century Britain. She has a particular interest in cultures of migrant memory.
Steven Rhall lives and works in Melbourne. Rhall holds a Bachelor of Arts (Photography), Bachelor of Media and Communication (Honours) and is currently completing a Master of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Rhall’s interdisciplinary practice responds to the cultural landscape, creating networks of interconnected signs and symbols. Reflecting upon both medium specificity, the meaning of objects and cultural semiotics, Rhall merges post-colonial and interpersonal narratives. Known for his photographic practice, Rhall incorporates 2D media within the 3D space – his installations often include video, found objects and materials of advertising.
In 2013, Rhall’s series Kulin Project was exhibited at the Centre for Contemporary Photography and later that year as part of ‘Melbourne Now’ at the National Gallery of Victoria. Rhall’s 2015 exhibitions include the touring group show Octoroon, solo exhibition We Specializes in Authentic Aboriginal Art at Footscray Community Arts Centre and a collaborative work with Siying Zhou titled Feeling Invisible Without the Lamb exhibited both at Counihan Gallery and as part of the 2015 ‘Channels Australian Video Art Festival’. Rhall is currently collaborating with artist Domenico de Clario on the Walking Slowly Downhill project. His work is held in various collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, the City of Melbourne and Horsham Regional Art Gallery.
Born in China, Siying Zhou is an interdisciplinary artist. She focuses on subjects such as the religious practice and cultural traditions in the life of the nomad, identity of individuals within the culture of globalization and the intricate relationship between the land and its dwellers. Her artworks has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the group exhibitions: Innovators (2014), Linden New Art, Melbourne; Not Fair, Melbourne (2014); Testing Ground, a touring exhibition from 2013 – 2014, curated by Julie Gough; Here and There, Art from Northern Australia, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia / Nan Giese Gallery, Charles Darwin University (2010). Solo exhibitions: The Consequences of Success at The Food Court ARI, Melbourne (2014); The Comfort Promise, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art. Darwin (2014). Zhou is the winner of Northern Centre for Contemporary Art Prized Members Exhibition in 2013.
As an curator, Zhou successfully curated Art on Wheels (2012) with Public Art Development grant from Arts NT, the Northern Territory government (2011) and Artist Run Initiative grant from Australia Council for the Arts (2012); Territory Time (2010) in Melbourne under a commission from the Next Wave Festival 2010. Zhou managed Territory Time Touring Project (2010 – 2011) with the Presentation and Promotion Grant from Arts NT and curated an expanded exhibition for Chan Contemporary Art Space.
In additional, Zhou has been working in the Australian Contemporary Art industry since 2007 as an art worker. She was a Team Leader at the Australia Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2013 and Program Manager of the CAOS organisation NCCA: Northern Centre for Contemporary Art (formerly 24HR Art) from 2007 to 2013. She has worked with a diverse range of Australian and International artists, art communities and funding bodies. She holds a Master of Multimedia Design (Hons) from Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney and Bachelor of Visual Arts from Nanjing Art Institute, China. Currently, she is a candidate of Master of Contemporary Art from Victoria College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne.
ABOUT FOUNDATION FOR ART AND CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY (FACT)
The Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) is the UK’s leading media arts centre. As “the place where people, art and technology meet”, FACT (and its hands-on workshop space FACTLab) boasts a dynamic program of exhibitions, films, hack nights, show-and-tell sessions and workshops—involving everything from build-your-own 3D-printed prosthetics to open-source making activities that span four days.
As a centre for research and innovation, FACT works with universities, post-graduate students and other partners across the creative, health, higher education and arts sectors to develop projects that explore the relationship between technology and culture. By preserving and encouraging new media and digital artworks, and fostering challenging work in new and existing artists, FACT uses the power of creative technology to inspire and enrich lives.