Saturday 23 February, 2pm
Ian Potter Sculpture Court
Monash University, Caulfield Campus
FREE /// All welcome, bookings required. Click here to register.
As part of Kym Maxwell's Objects of Longing, a multi-disciplinary project made with students at Dandenong Primary School during 2018, MUMA will present Objects are a Limbic System Embrace the Logic.
This live theatre work was developed by Maxwell, students and staff in collaboration with artists Daniel Jenatsch (sound), Georgina Criddle (writer) and Rebecca Jensen (choreographer). It draws on the students' research and ideas about collecting and the role of collecting during play and captures their imagination and creativity in a delicate and magical configuration of dialogue, movement, costumes and props.
Objects are a Limbic System Embrace the Logic was first performed for family and friends at Dandenong Primary School in late 2018. MUMA is delighted to host its first public performance in our Ian Potter Sculpture Court in February.
About the artist
Kym Maxwell is an artist concerned with the relationship between education and social space. With a long interest in childhood education and pedagogy, her projects harness participatory modes of practice and play. She is keenly interested in the notion of the ‘hidden curriculum’ and the kind of learning about society that occurs indirectly through the formal structures of learning. Maxwell believes in the importance of art in encouraging these kinds of unstructured, unexpected and at times entirely unintentional encounters with education. Her current interests are focused on theatre, storytelling and the political act of parenting.
Maxwell’s work often links art institutions with communities in unexpected ways. She has worked as an Artist in Residence at Charles La Trobe College and Sophia Mundi Steiner School. She has also produced workshops with and for children at Melbourne Biennial Lab, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Counihan Gallery and Banyule City Council. During 2015 she collaborated with Joel Stern and Gerard Van Dyke from Liquid Architecture and KAGE to produce A Wharfie’s Story a 50 minute outdoor play with the Collingwood College Theatre Troupe. These programs were supported by the City of Yarra and City of Melbourne.
Kym Maxwell is also a registered teacher through VIT with a current working with children check. She has extensive experience working in Victorian primary schools from 2008-16, including Fairfield PS, Brunswick East PS, Collingwood College and Spensley Street P.S. Prior to working in Australia, Kym was an ESL teacher in Taiwan and Japan from 2000-04. During her time in Japan she developed an early-years curriculum for a Reggio Emilia inspired International School in Tokyo.
Kym Maxwell is participating in Shapes of Knowledge at Monash University Museum of Art, 9 February – 13 April 2018.