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Screening: Blind Matter - Artists on the Economy of Images, curated by George Clark


Screening dates:

Sunday 7 August, 10am-4pm Monash Open Day
Saturday 13, 20, 27 August
Saturday 3, 10, 17 September
Wednesday 14 September
Duration: 60 mins approximately

FREE event, all welcome, no bookings required

Location: Monash University Museum of Art, Education Space
Ground floor, Building F, Monash University Caulfield campus

Blind Matter draws together a diverse range of works in which filmmakers and artists have sought to explore the economies of images. From reflections on the potential of plastics – the trade of fossils, creation of images of desire – to new worlds mined within virtual spaces, these works complement Nicholas Mangan: Limits to Growth, and the way in which the exhibition reflects on the relationship of art and abstraction to processes of value creation. Taking its title from Victor Hugo’s statement ‘Man makes blind matter serve him’, the program seeks to reflect our relationship to matter in an age of globalisation and the increasingly mediated nature of our interactions with matter.

George Clark is an artist, curator and writer. He is currently completing A Distant Echo, a feature length film shot on 35mm in various Californian deserts that explores themes of identity, culture and the construction of history in collaboration with musician Tom Challenger. Clark has previously collaborated with Luke Fowler and Beatrice Gibson on film projects. His curatorial work is focused on exploring and expanding histories of film and video practice globally. He was assistant curator of film at Tate Modern (2013-2015) where he curated numerous retrospectives and thematic seasons. He is a member of the advisory board for the BEFF / Bangkok Experimental Film Festival and one of the curators of BEFF 6 (2012). He curated the Lav Diaz focus at the AV Festival (2012); INFERMENTAL for Focal Point Gallery with Dan Kidner & James Richards (2010) and co-edited the book A Detour Around Infermental (2012). Currently he is working with Circuit Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand developing a new series of artists moving image commissions for 2016.

George Clark is participating in the Monash Art, Design & Architecture artist in residence program 2016.

Blind Matter program (pdf)

Image: Nicholas Mangan Ancient Lights 2015, installation view, Chisenhale Gallery, London, co-commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery, London, and Artspace, Sydney, Courtesy the artist; Sutton Gallery, Melbourne; Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland; and LABOR, Mexico City, D.F.

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