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Seeing Voices


A NETS Victoria and Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA touring exhibition

Start Date

Dec 15, 2018 12:00 pm

End Date

Jan 27, 2019 5:00 pm


Plimsoll Gallery

Michael Cook, Majority rule (Senate), 2014, inkjet print on paper,104 x 144 cm (framed), Monash University Collection Purchased 2016 Courtesy of Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA

Image Credit: Michael Cook, Majority rule (Senate) 2014, inkjet print on paper, 104 x 144 cm (framed), Monash University Collection, Purchased 2016, Courtesy of Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA

In Conversation with curator, Francis Parker and exhibiting artist Léuli Eshraghi : Friday 14 December, 5 - 6 pm

Exhibition opening: Friday 14 December, 6 - 8 pm

Artist performance: Sean Dockray, Friday 14 December, 7 - 8 pm

Gallery Hours: 12 noon - 5pm, Wednesdays - Sundays, Closed Mondays,Tuesdays and Public holidays

Summer opening hours: closed between Monday 24th December 2018 to Tuesday 2nd January 2019 (inclusive)

Seeing Voices

Seeing Voices uses the Monash University Collection as a springboard for thinking through the voice and how it is visualised, employed and reimagined in contemporary art. In the exhibition, the voice might act as a metaphor for collective action, for speaking out against injustice and coming together in gestures of solidarity. It can be a marker of cultural and geographic specificity or the trace of disappearing language. It may also function like a spiritual medium; through its historical recording and archiving it time-travels to haunt the present.

The voice is also an index, a measure of positon, perspective, distance and emotion. In private, in public, in conversation, on record – the voice connects our experiences with those of others. In addition to artworks selected from the Monash University Collection, Seeing Voices features loans from Australian and international artists. The exhibition encompasses drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and video. To bring the immediacy of the live voice into the exhibition space, it will also include a presentation at each venue from performance artists: Erik Bünger, Sean Dockray, Hannah Donnelly, Rosie Isaacs and Wrong Solo (Agatha Gothe-Snape and Brian Fuata).

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring a curatorial introduction and two commissioned texts by Norie Neumark and Simone Schmidt.

Artists: Damiano Bertoli, Erik Bünger, Catherine or Kate, Michael Cook, Fayen d’Evie & Bryan Phillips, Léuli Eshraghi, Alicia Frankovich, Susan Hiller, Alex Martinis Roe, Angelica Mesiti, Clinton Nain and Rose Nolan.

Curatorium: Hannah Mathews, Helen Hughes and Francis Parker

A NETS Victoria and Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA touring exhibition.

Image credit (thumbnail): 
Angelica Mesiti, Silent polyphony 2015 (detail), single-channel colour HD video, 16:9 ratio, silent, 3:33 minutes, Monash University Collection, Purchased by the Faculty of Science 2015, Courtesy of Monash University Museum of Art  |  MUMA

Plimsoll Manager: Jane Barlow

Install team: Anna Eden, Dave Nelson and Alex Jackson

National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS) Victoria is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. NETS Victoria also receives significant in-kind support from the National Gallery of Victoria.