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An exhibition showcasing eight Australian artists whose works engage with the creative potential of systems to critique, re-imagine or re-invent their workings

Start Date

Sept 8, 2018 12:00 pm

End Date

Oct 14, 2018 5:00 pm


Plimsoll Gallery

Nadège Philippe-Janon, At the Core is Another, various materials inc. salt, glass prisms, motors, animation, sound, 2018, dimensions variable, Image courtesy of the artist

Opening event: Friday 7 September, 5:30–7:30pm

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

Systematic is an exhibition showcasing eight Australian artists whose works engage with the creative potential of systems to critique, re-imagine or re-invent their workings. Ranging across sculpture, installation, photography, generative animation, painting and assemblage, the exhibition is a playful blend of vibrant and kinetic works that invites viewers to reflect on various contemporary systems and their operations. Posing the question of ‘how things work’ as an imaginative proposal, the exhibition highlights processes of connectivity, organization and inter-relatedness and the interconnections between several different areas of contemporary arts practice.

The works in Systematic explore the material dynamics of systems through engineered connections and intricate componentry, constituting systems in their own right, or engaging with systems principles at conceptual and/or material levels. Through references to the technological, conceptual, ecological and political histories of ‘the system’, the exhibition invites viewers to explore the shifting definitions of what is ‘human’ in the vast network of systematic relations that impact on our daily lives.’

Systematic is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts. It is also supported through the Contemporary Art Tasmania Exhibition Development Fund, the Hobart City Council’s ‘Creative Hobart’ Grants Scheme and the University of Tasmania. This project is on the Contemporary Art Tasmania Touring Program.

Curated by Dr Eliza Burke

Ian Burns, Laura Woodward and Patrick Pound, and new works by Tricky Walsh, Jacob Leary, Tega Brain, Nadège Philippe-Janon and Bill Hart.

Systematic has an Education Resource and Teacher’s Guide designed for Grades 5-12 that invites teachers and students to engage with the exhibition through a range of in-gallery and classroom-based activities. The education component is aligned with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) areas of the Australian Curriculum, and the Cross-Curriculum priority area of Sustainability. The Education Resource and Teacher’s Guide is available upon request.

Public Program:

Curator 'In Conversation' with artists Ian Burns, Jacob Leary, Tricky Walsh and Bill Hart.

Join the artists at the Plimsoll Gallery, UTas as they discuss their works in Systematic with curator Eliza Burke.

Plimsoll Gallery, 37 Hunter Street, 10:30 - 11:30am, Saturday 8th Sept

FREE event. Booking essential 

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Education recourse:

Education Resource targeted to STEAM curriculum areas for primary and secondary school students and teachers in Grades 5 - 12.

Education Resource and Teacher's Guide (PDF 564.6 KB)

Project and Exhibition Manager: Jane Barlow

Install team: Caitlin Fargher, Nathan Taylor, Dave Nelson

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