Connectivity and Public Space
Form x Content begins in 2022 live on campus on Tuesday 8 March with N’arweet Carolyn Briggs AM, Sarah Lynn Rees and Steven Rhall in conversation with Callum Morton – a talk that coincides with the release of Let’s Go Outside: Art in Public: a reader published by MUMA, Monash Art Projects and Monash University Publishing. The discussion will centre around the nature, uses and audiences for public space as well as strategies for making knowledge and space public. The panel of artists and designers will address how ‘connection’ is embedded in their practices and their participation in the current exhibition Who’s Afraid of Public Space?. The ACCA project includes N’arweet Carolyn Briggs’s major commission and gathering space Ngargee Djeembana, created in collaboration with Sarah Lynn Rees; Stephen Rhall’s new public artwork ABORIGINAL LAND: SSID, which makes ingenious use of wireless networks at ACCA and beyond; and Callum Morton’s lockdown project Empty Shops, presented online and as part of Project Space: The Hoarding.
About the panel
N’arweet Dr Carolyn Briggs AM is a Boon Wurrung senior elder and is the chairperson and founder of the Boon Wurrung Foundation. She has been involved in developing and supporting opportunities for Indigenous youth and Boon Wurrung culture for over fifty years. A big part of her work is defining her role as an elder, but also having it validated by the wider community. This involves teaching a generation of children about language and history. Carolyn was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2019 for her significant service to the Indigenous community and she sees this national recognition as part of her role of an elder. She has undertaken studies in language and linguistics in the hope of recording her Boon Wurrung language in oral and written form, and received a doctorate (media and communication) for research in assisting urban Indigenous youth to understand Indigenous knowledge, which has been part of Carolyn’s life-long journey documenting the history of her ancestors. Carolyn is Senior Indigenous Research Fellow (Practice) in Art, Design and Architecture, Monash University.
Sarah Lynn Rees is a Palawa woman descending from the Plangermaireener and Trawlwoolway people of north-east Tasmania. Awarded the Charlie Perkins scholarship, Sarah attended the University of Cambridge where she produced a thesis on Indigenous housing in remote Australian communities and graduated with a masters in architecture and urban design. She is program advisor and curator of the BLAKitecture series for MPavilion; a director of advocacy organisation Parlour: gender, equity, architecture; and a member of the Victorian Design Review Panel for the Office of the Victorian Government Architect. Sarah’s practice, advisory and research interests are geared towards a long-term aim of Indigenising the built environment. Her current research focus is on developing resources for built environment practitioners to improve collaborative engagement processes with Traditional Owners and Indigenous communities. Sarah is a Lecturer at Monash University and practices architecture at Jackson Clements Burrows Architects (JCBA).
Steven Rhall is a post-conceptual artist operating from a First Nation, white-passing, cis male positionality, geographically located on neighbouring Woiwurrung and Wathaurung lands. Steven’s cultural background consists of Taungurung and colonial heritages—a state endemic to living in a colonised society—but he goes by Taungurung when asked. His alter-ego Blak Metal is less defined and uses they/them pronouns. His art practice finds expression in ideas of institutional critique, interrogating modes of representation, classification and hierarchy both within and external to the art world(s). He works across various forms and interventions, including installation, performance, process-led methodologies, curatorial projects, sculpture and art within the public realm. Many of his projects propose, explore and critique the exchange of economic and cultural capital found in the matrix of relations and intersections of First Nation art production, presentation and encounter. Steven is represented by MARS Gallery and is a PhD candidate at Monash University on Birrarung-ga land (Melbourne, Australia).
Professor Callum Morton has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1990. Callum has expertise in public art and he has produced a number of significant public artworks both in Australia and overseas. As one of three artists invited to represent Australia at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007, he presented a scale model of his modernist childhood home, designed and built in the 1970s by his architect father. In 2008, he completed the iconic public artwork Hotel on the Eastlink Freeway in Melbourne. In 2010, Morton completed the major outdoor commission Silverscreen for the new premises of MUMA and in 2011, his work was the subject of a twenty-year survey exhibition at the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. He is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, and Roslyn Oxley Gallery, Sydney. Callum is the director and founding member of the research lab Monash Art Projects (MAP), who research and realise artist-led public art projects across Australia.
Semester 1: On Connection
Form x Content is a program of online and on-campus talks delivered during Monash’s teaching semesters. Thematically driven, the series features the voices of renowned First Nations, Australian and international artists, designers, architects, curators and academics, and aims to stimulate new thinking and encourage debate and discussion around contemporary ideas. The program is delivered every Wednesday lunchtime during Monash University teaching semesters, both online and broadcast on the Big Screen at Monash Caulfield.
In 2022, Monash Form x Content considers ways in which individuals and organisations are changing and adapting in response to the disconnection and alienation experienced as a part of the pandemic.
The Semester 1 theme, ‘On Connection’ considers the importance of relationships and the ways in which these sustain us, with several talks presented in partnership with PHOTO2022 and Melbourne Design Week.
In Semester 2, the program theme, ‘On Care’ explores how the disciplines of art, design and architecture can engender and embed principles of caring, inclusivity, safety and wellbeing through research and practice.
Form x Content is free and accessible to all.
Join us Wednesday lunchtimes at 1pm—online and on the Big Screen, Caulfield campus.