The agency of the native cannot simply be imagined in terms of a resistance against the image—that is, after the image has been formed—nor in terms of a subjectivity that existed before, beneath, inside, or outside the image. It needs to be rethought as that which bears witness to its own demolition—in a form that is at once image and gaze, but a gaze that exceeds the moment of colonization. — Rey Chow (1994, p. 144)
Awards / Reviews / Creative Projects
SENSORY ORDERS – Centre for Contemporary Art, Laznia POLAND
Sensory Orders – is an exhibition of 32 international artistic and scientific responses to the burning question of how do we sense and make sense in times of extreme precariousness, tumult and uncertainty?
Curators: Erik Adigard (FR) and Chris Salter (US)
Exhibition design: Erik Adigard, M-A-D
Coordinators: Agata Janikowska and Joanna Adamiak
The contributions in Sensory Orders cross multiple countries, disciplines and cultures. They come from visual and performing artists, anthropologists, designers, sociologists, architects, historians of science, composers, physicists, architects and other researchers and represent perspectives from 15 countries. While all unique, the contributions’ through line is that they all reflect on the entanglement of human, technical, biological forces that has always been present but that has been remarkably amplified in the last 12 months of 2020. The texts, images, sounds and videos that make up the exhibition thus attempt to grapple with different ways of making sense in a world which seems to be constantly on the brink of change, disorder and uncertainty. Some projects focus on the personal experience of sensory isolation undergone during periods of lockdown and quarantine (John Aldemann, David Howes and Tereza Stehlikova) while others reflect on new forms of human-machine sensitivity that are arising because of technologies (TeZ, Saadia Mirza, Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr, Nerea Calvillo, Kurt Hentschlager) or an emerging awareness of new chemical or biological conditions (Nadia Lichtig, Susanne Hertrich and Shintaro Miyazaki). Still other projects zero in on the sensory shocks that everyday life is increasingly delivering to us through the politics of artificial borders’ (Nitin Shroff), colonial legacies of occupation (r e a, Jennifer Biddle) or the increasing “othering” of the natural world (Wioleta Kamińska).
Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now
Curator Sarina Noordhuis-Fairfax leads a conversation with artists Barbara Campbell, Narelle Jubelin and r e a (Gamilaraay/Wailwan/Biripi peoples).
This conversation engages with the feminist practices of three leading Australian artists who use the traditionally feminine activity of stitching to give a new (and often political) take on an old story. Campbell, Jubelin and r e a are all represented in the exhibition Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now.
Australia Council Award for Emerging & Experimental Arts
r e a, is the recipient of the Australia Council Award for Emerging & Experimental Arts 2020. r e a is a Gamilaraay / Wailwan / Biripi artist from NSW, who examines the bonds between our bodies, our politics, our memories, our place and our futures. r e a works in photography, digital media and moving images, connecting people with their stories. Recently, r e a was part of the Big Anxiety Festival’s Empathy clinic, inviting audiences to experience new forms of listening, through story telling. The Australia Council Award for Emerging and Experimental Arts acknowledges the achievements of an artist who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to the practice of emerging and experimental art.