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TCotA Forum - Kirsha Kaechele


TCotA Forum is a public program of the Tasmanian College of the Arts

Start Date

29 May 2015 12:30 pm

End Date

29 May 2015 1:30 pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre

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TCotA Forum welcomes all students and members of the public.

Kirsha KaecheleKirsha Kaechele is an American artist, provocateur, curator, founder of Life is Art Foundation (aka KKProjects), and wife to David Walsh, founder of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

Kirsha is known for her post-Hurricane Katrina project during the New Orleans Biennial 2008, where she invited artists to work in six damaged houses in one of the city's poorest neighbourhoods, and instigated a vegetable garden project with children from the same area (St. Roch in the 8th Ward) to grow produce to sell to some of the city's best restaurants.

Other projects have included Sonoma Life is Art West, which legally grew dope for Medicinal Marijuana Dispensaries and used the funds to support art projects on the 48 hectare (120-acre), and in Hobart, curating the Mona art, food and performance market MoMa, initiating the River Derwent Heavy Metals Project, which brings art and science together to address waterway pollution, and 24 Carrot Gardens, a school kitchen gardens program.

In this special Art Forum presentation, Kirsha will discuss Art's engagement with life and nature to transform society, when set outside the traditional confines of the museum. Kirsha is fascinated by complex problems and is compelled by how art can open us to new ways of seeing, and will share her Duchampian approach to curating, whereby exhibitions reveal themselves. Kirsha's practice traverses social and environmental themes, from Heavy Metal (pairing art and science to remedy heavy metal pollution in a Tasmanian river) to The Embassy (a Hip Hop recording studio in New Orleans that buys guns off the street).

TCotA Forum is a weekly series of free public lectures held at the Tasmanian College of the Arts (Hunter St) during the semester. TCotA Forum welcomes all students and members of the public, providing a unique opportunity to hear local, national and international visiting scholars and presenters from diverse sectors of the arts discuss their area of professional practice.