Digital art @ Nishi

There are a collection of fun digital artworks on display at the Nishi Gallery at New Acton that have been produced by ANU art students and staff. Some are interactive with sensors translating the viewer’s action through software into intresting changes in the art work. Others are created using digital ways and means to produce moving images that are funny and confronting.
There is a large wall poster of the Australian Prime Minister as the minister for women created out of thousands of smaller high definition pictures that are largely soft porn or advertising type images. It is remarkable to look at both from a distance and close up.
As is often the case in Canberra it wa great to chat with some of the artists at the space. It is only on for a short time and I find it sad that info about shows at this adventurous space is so hard to find.
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Margaret Hadfield – Standing room only for heroes @ Queanbeyan Arts Centre Gallery

As part of the ongoing big scale all pervasive remembrance of World War 1 the Queanbeyan Arts Centre is hosting an exhibition of Margaret Hadfield’s painting that resulted from a visit she made to the Gallipoli battlefield in the Dardenelles.
Hadfield’s works gives a clear sense of the topography and landscape of the area.The bautiful highly vegetated hils and the attractive water and sand scenes afe the last image you would connect with war but that is what it looks like today a hundred years after the event. Poppies are part of the set but the striking feature of the images is the lack of blood and carnage. The pictures belos give a sense of the exhibition.

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Clem Baker-Finch @ ANU School of Arts Gallery

There is a striking set of images on the walls of the ANU School of Art gallery. One set are road signs for a fruit shop showing the products available, another set are deli product signs and the third set are some stunningly attractive geometrically constructed line and intersecting line creations. The unifying thing about all of them is the vibrantly attractive nature of great colour choices.
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Longing – Cathy Laudenbach and Adam Mann @ ANCA Gallery

3 – 21 June 2015

Photographs tell stories. These two photographers have created an insync set of shots that celebrate isolation and dilapidation. The theme is longing and I could see some aspect of longing in each picture.

Adam Mann has some delightful black and white scenes coupled with some cleverly constructed photos of isolation.
Cathy Laudenbach has found an abandoned Catholic orphanage and among other materials she has created some striking images of rooms and doorways that cry out of past glory but a need for restoration.
Below are some pics – first three are Mann’s and the rest are Laudenbach’s.
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Magna Carta @ High Court of Australia

What more appropriate location for an exhibition on the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta than the foyer of the High Court of Australia. The exhibition is a fun combination of a replica text with lots of banners with clear text and cartoon story panels.It was also accompanied by some fun models and a wooden panel in which you can take a selfie in a hole – a fun thing.
The exhibition is small but has solid information in it and is not overwhelming to read.
Below are some pics and a copy of the flyer.
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Canada’s Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving Photographic Exhibition @ High Court of Australia

11 June – 2 July, 2015
Canada’s Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving Photographic Exhibition on display at the High Court of Australia
The National Geographic has had a quest to educate Canadians and the world about the Northern provinces of Arctic Canada. This exhibition is a group of photos taken by significant photogrphers of illustrative parts of the cold northern areas of Canada. The pictures cover people, water, snow, buildings and other elements of the landscape. The photos celebrate the granduer and the isolation of the region.
Below are some sample pics and the High Court page for the exhibition.
http://www.hcourt.gov.au/
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Without Consent @ National Archives of Australia

20 March 2015 to 19 July 2015
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The National Archives of Australia has a great exhibition programme. The current one is a textually dense and story rich account of the past adoption practices in Australia.

today the pendulum has swung to the opposite extreme of where it was. Adoption in the current society is almost a bad word. This exhibition takes you into a different world where the dominance of the adoption model in response to some social situations was almost unquestioned. The exhibition looks back from this world to that world and tells the story of many victims of the past world view.
The photos, stories and letters are touching and often confronting. The context for this exhibition is the aftermath of the parliamentary apology by Ms Gillard as Prime Minister to the people impacted by the adoption practices.
I have attached a couple of pics and a web link to their page with a couple of public lectures that are coming up at the exhibition. I have also included a couple of pics of a letter that I found touching that gives an insight into the tone of the exhibition
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http://www.naa.gov.au/visit-us/events/without-consent/