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15 September_Panic-and-Annihilation

Panic and Annihilation (or, Of No Relation): Artists Virginia Barratt and Frances Barrett In Conversation

Wednesday 15 September, 1pm

Virginia Barratt is a trans-media artist, researcher, writer and performer living and working on Kaurna land, Adelaide. In conversation with artist Frances Barrett, they will draw focus on Virginia's extensive practice, PhD research and their upcoming project with Em König, EXOSMOSIS. Their conversation will address processes of collaboration, transgenerational exchange, the phenomenology of panic, and subjective annihilation.

Virginia Barratt (they/them) is a trans-media artist, researcher, writer and performer living on Kaurna Yarta land, Adelaide. They are currently writing a PhD at Western Sydney University in the Writing and Society Centre, and their doctoral research focuses on panic, affect and deterritorialization, explored through performance, experimental poetics and vocalities. Over three decades, Barratt has been instrumental in developing critiques around gender politics and the digital realm, gaining recognition as a pioneer of the cyberfeminist movement in the early 1990s as founding member of the collective VNS Matrix. They subscribe to the DIWO (Doing it With Others) approach to art making and privileges co-creation as a productive and resistant modality. Among other accomplices, Barratt collaborates in an ongoing capacity with Linda Dement and Jessie Boylan as boneDirt, with Francesca da Rimini as In Her Interior, and as Swamp Writing with Ashley Haywood and Nick Taylor.

Frances Barrett is an artist who lives and works on Kaurna Yarta land, Adelaide. Her recent projects pivot around the modalities of listening and touch, taking the form of immersive sound installation, live performances and performances with Museum collections. In 2019 she was one of the recipients of Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship that will culminate in the upcoming project, Meatus, at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA). She is one member of the collective Barbara Cleveland (with Diana Baker Smith, Kate Blackmore and Kelly Doley) who in 2020 presented their first survey exhibition, Thinking Business, at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery. In 2021 Frances completed a PhD at Monash Art Design and Architecture and was appointed Lecturer of Contemporary Art at University of South Australia.

Form x Content is presented by Monash Art, Design & Architecture.
Programmed by Monash University Museum of Art.

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