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Online Forum :: Uncertainty Across Expanded Fields of Practice #2

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Online Forum :: Uncertainty Across Expanded Fields of Practice #2

FRI 19 MAY 2023, 12:30 - 2.00pm (ACST)

Virtual live-stream event only

Open to artists and researchers at any stage of practice. 

This event features South Australian artists BRAD DARKSON, DEIRDRE FEENEY, NIKI SPEROU and CATHERINE TRUMAN addressing their processes, as well as a range of topics including traditional First Nations land management using fire, depth-of-field exploration, inter-species empathy and altered landscapes.

Hosted by writer and advocate JESSICA ALICE, CEO of Writers SA, we’ll examine the experimental methodology and DNA of the Uncertain Times project. In this participatory dialogue–a conversation for our times–you will be invited to ask a question or propose a talking point around the uncertainty of your practice.

A Partnership for Uncertain Times is an unveiling of artistic and collaborative processes, featuring a workshop, an exhibition, artist talks as well as text and video essays. The four extraordinary South Australian artists have been commissioned to research and develop innovative and experimental artworks engaging with science and technology.

Co-developed by Dr Deirdre Feeney and ANAT, the project's curatorial premise of ‘uncertainty’, references both the precarious and unpredictable nature of the world we live in, as well as the complexity and conjecture of creative research.

Tickets: $10-$25 (pay what you can)

An Arts South Australia funded collaboration between ANAT and UniSA.

In this participatory dialogue - a conversation for our times - you will be invited to ask a question or propose a talking point around the uncertainty of your practice. You can submit these during ticket checkout.



BRAD DARKSON is a South Australian visual artist currently working across various media including carving, sound, sculpture, multimedia installation, and painting. Brad’s practice is regularly focused on site-specific works, and connections between contemporary and traditional cultural practice, language and lore. His current research interests include hostile architecture, bureaucracy, seaweed, and the neo-capitalist hellhole we’re all forced to exist within. Conceptually Brad’s work is often informed by his First Nations and Anglo-Australian heritage. Brad’s mob is Narungga and he is a proud member of the Chester family.

DEIRDRE FEENEY is an artist and lecturer of Contemporary Art at The University of South Australia (UniSA). As part of her creative practice Deirdre researches and develops optical image systems as perceptual tools for generating awareness of technologically mediated experience. Deirdre engages in cross-disciplinary collaboration with scientists and engineers to explore and realise her artworks. In 2020 she was the recipient of an ANAT Synapse Residency. Her background in glass-making and the projected moving image were pivotal to her current practice encompassing material and digital methods to create her optical image systems. Deirdre’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

NIKI SPEROU is a South Australian artist with a longstanding engagement within the nexus between art, science and culture. Since 2006 she has been the resident artist at the Department of Medical Biotechnology, Flinders University. Her interest in contemporary innovations in technology, the body and her cultural background have led her to draw parallels between biotechnology and ancient Greek cultural paradigms. For Niki, these connections emerge in chimerical forms and concepts.

CATHERINE TRUMAN is an established South Australian artist working across the disciplines of art and science. Catherine’s practice is renowned for its diversity and depth and incorporates objects, contemporary jewellery, digital imagery, film and installation works with a focus upon the parallels between artistic process and scientific method. During 2022 Catherine was artist in residence at Carrick Hill, undertaking a project titled The Arrangements: assembling nature. Catherine’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

JESSICA ALICE is a writer and poet. Her work is published in the Guardian Australia, Meanjin, Overland, VICE, The Lifted Brow, Metro Magazine, Cordite Poetry Review, and Australian Poetry Journal, among others. She is the CEO of Writers SA and Chair of the Arts Industry Council SA.

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