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9 February – 13 April 2019

Participants: A Centre for Everything (AU), Asia Art Archive (HK), Chimurenga (SA), Lucas Ihlein (AU), Annette Krauss & Casco Art Institute (NLD), Alex Martinis Roe (AU/DE), Kym Maxwell (AU) and The Mulka Project (AU)

Curator: Hannah Mathews

Shapes of Knowledge brings together eight projects from artists, collectives and organisations from across Australia and the globe to reflect on the different platforms, spaces and timeframes in which knowledge is produced and shared.

Shapes of Knowledge responds to a growing international discourse around pedagogy and contemporary art. Ranging from an ice cream machine making coal-flavoured treats, live radio broadcasts, a cinema of Indigenous culture, test sites for future greening technology, a toolkit for feminist action, and performance lectures - the projects in Shapes of Knowledge variously address how we live, how we learn, and the unique ability of art to animate our sensory experiences and critical faculties.

Primarily functioning as an exhibition of ideas and approaches, Shapes of Knowledge also exists as a site for broader programming. Each project will be activated at various times throughout the exhibition’s duration, either by the artist, a delegate or via other mediums. The nature of these programs will reflect the individual project – including bus visits to regenerative farms, morning stretch classes for MUMA staff, weekend DIY workshops, a salon of feminist performances, amongst others. These programs are free and open to the public.

In addition to these various participatory programs, the exhibition is accompanied by an anthology publication that documents the relationship between art and pedagogy. The anthology includes newly commissioned text by Wes Hill, Georgina Criddle, Joshua Harrison, Quentin Sprague, Barbara Casavecchia, Andy Butler, Natasha Ginwala, Syafiatudina Saja and Michelle Antoinette, along with re-published texts by Australian writers on a range of topics, including the educational turn, art’s relationship to knowledge, the place of knowledge in Australian Indigenous culture and research, and the often contentious relationship between art and research, and art school and university. This publication will be available at the exhibition's launch.

Media Kit:

Shapes of Knowledge media kit


Shapes of Knowledge catalogue. Purchase via MUMA Shop.

Public Programs:

View the full list of Shapes of Knowledge public programs via our Public Programs page.
Alternatively, scroll through the calendar below to view events, and if you have Google Calendar, you can add these exhibition-related events to your diary.

Further reading:

View Shapes of Knowledge extended reading list here.

Artist publications:

Alex Martinis Roe: To Become Two
Published by Archive Books
Pre-order via Perimeter Books here.

Annette Krauss: Unlearning Exercises: Art Organisations as Sites for Unlearning
CASCO Art Institute, Utrecht and Valiz, 2018
Available from MUMA shop.

Asia Art Archive 15 Invitations for 15 Years
A special programme series featuring exhibitions, projects, written works, performances, a blog, and set of e-dossiers marking Asia Art Archive's 15-year anniversary.
Available online as ebook here.

Kim Williams and Lucas Ihlein – Sugar vs the Reef?

Artspace Mackay, 3 November 2018 - 27 January 2019
Exhibition catalogue available with text by Fiona Vuibeqa, Kim Williams, Lucas Ihlein, Tracey Heathwood
Downloadable PDF available here.

Lucas Ihlein: Diagrammatic
Deakin University Art gallery, 2018
Downloadable PDF available here.

Walking Upstream: Waterways of the Illawarra: Lucas Ihlein, Kim Williams, Brogan Bunt, 2014-18
12 Creek Walks was published in 2017 by Leech Press in association with the exhibition at Wollongong Art Gallery
Downloadable PDF available here.

Kym Maxwell: Uneducated
Counihan Gallery,  4 September - 5 October 2014
Exhibition catalogue with texts by Courtney Pedersen, Sam Cuff Snow and Gene Flenady, and Kym Maxwell.
Downloadable PDF available here.

Kym Maxwell: Industrial Estate
Essays by Lisa Radford and Harriet Morgan.
Purchase via World Food Books here.

Kym Maxwell: GOODWILL: Memoirs of Yard Play
Essay by Helen Hughes 
Purchase via Kym Maxwell's website here.

Kym Maxwell: A Wharfie's Story - Play, Protest, Consequence: Kym Maxwell and the Collingwood College Theatre Troupe.
Essays by Rosemary Forde, Lisa Radford, Jim and Tui Beggs and Kym Maxwell
Launched MUMA, 23 February.
Purchase via Kym Maxwell's website here.


The exhibition is generously supported by:

Artists's projects are supported by:

Lucas Ihlein's project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; the Australian Research Council (ARC); and the NSW Government through Create NSW. The project forms part of "An artist, a farmer, and a scientist walk into a bar..." co-ordinated by Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation (KSCA).

Annette Krauss & Casco Art Institute is supported by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in the framework of her postdoctoral grant, financed by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

Alex Martinis Roe’s Our Future Network film project was funded by the Graduiertenschule der Universität der Künste Berlin, The Einstein Stiftung, Berlin and the Australian Government through its arts funding and advisory body, the Australia Council for the Arts. Her broader To Become Two project was co-commissioned by If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution (Amsterdam); ar/ge kunst (Bolzano); Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory (Utrecht); and The Showroom (London). The Our Future Network workshop and salon series was supported by The Kier Foundation. Alex Martinis Roe's project has been supported by the MUMA Contemporaries.

Kym Maxwell's project, Objects of Longing, has been generously supported by Gandel Philanthropy and Creative Learning Partnerships - A Victorian Government Initiative.

The Mulka Project’s participation in Shapes of Knowledge was assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. The Mulka Project has been supported by the MUMA Contemporaries.

Image: Kym Maxwell, Objects of Longing Project research phase with Dandenong Primary School (July), 2018. Photo: Keelan O’Hehir

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