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Damp & Monash Art Projects (MAP): Gormenghast


Damp and MAP, Gormenghast 2016. Photo: Rosemary Forde

Damp & Monash Art Projects (MAP)
April - October 2016

Curated by Rosemary Forde
Commissioned by MAP with support from Curatorial Practice, MADA, and MUMA
Hosted by MUMA in the Ian Potter Sculpture Court, Caulfield campus

MUMA is pleased to present Gormenghast 2016, a major new work by the artist group Damp in collaboration with Monash Art Projects (MAP).

Gormenghast is a temporary, evolving and highly visible site for art and audience to meet in the middle of a campus under redevelopment. It's a viewing deck, a workshop, a gallery, a stage, a classroom and cubby house; it hosts meetings, interviews, artworks, study groups and performances.

MAP have designed and built the blue structure which acts as a framework for additions and transformations that Damp will make to the space throughout the year. Using a variety of new and salvaged materials, artworks and furnishings, the space will evolve to suit the different functions it serves.

Gormenghast is the key site for Art holds a high place in my life | Damp: study of an artist at 21. This is a program of exhibitions and events curated by Rosemary Forde who is a PhD candidate in Curatorial Practice at MADA. MADA students are also involved in the curatorial process  and programming through Damp Study Group and Damp Camp studio workshop.

Visitors were free to use Gormenghast as a personal meeting space or hide out.

Damp is an artist group founded in Melbourne in 1995. With a shifting membership, more than 70 individuals have been part of Damp over the past 21 years. Throughout their practice Damp have investigated the relationship and boundaries between art, artist and audiences. Damp is currently Narelle Desmond, Sharon Goodwin, Deb Kunda, and James Lynch.

MAP is an interdisciplinary team specialising in art in the public sphere. They are based in the department of Fine Art at MADA. Artist Callum Morton and architects Andre Bonnice and Nicholas Agius worked on this project.

*Gormenghast takes its name from the series of fantasy novels by Mervyn Peake (published 1946-1959) which were set in Gormenghast Castle.

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Image: Damp and MAP, Gormenghast 2016. Photo: Rosemary Forde