Art Orientè Objet (Marion Laval-Jeantet & Benoît Mangin), May the Horse Live in Me!, 2011, film and relics of original performance
The exhibition is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its principal arts funding body, and Contemporary Art Tasmania’s Exhibition Development Fund.
Curated by Dr Alicia King
9 December 2017 – 7 January 2018
The Salamanca Arts Centre touring exhibition, New Alchemists, will be opened by guest speaker, Tasmanian multidisciplinary artist, Sally Rees, at the Devonport Regional Gallery on Friday 8 December, 6 pm.
New Alchemists is curated by Dr Alicia King and comprises a diverse suite of works by Australian and International artists exploring ideas of futuristic biologies and post-human engagements within the broad intersections of art and science.
The artists are: Art Orienté Objet (France); Michaela Gleave (Australia); Ian Haig (Australia); Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr (Australia) in collaboration with Corrie van Sice (USA); Nadege Philippe-Janon (Australia); Thomas Thwaites (UK) and Lu Yang (China).
“I’m interested in the social impact of technology and the way it is incorporated into our collective vision under the premise of being innately symbiotic to maintaining human life,” says curator Alicia King. “The intent of the show isn’t to either glorify or condemn the use of technologies addressed in the works - it’s really exploring a spectrum of approaches to life from the machinic to the visceral - at times challenging, absurd, and insightful.”
Putting forward the artist as contemporary alchemist, the selected works invite audiences to channel experiences beyond our accessible human and non-human worlds.
After its debut in Hobart in 2016, the exhibition has toured regional galleries across Australia before arriving in Devonport, coordinated by Contemporary Art Tasmania.