Experimenta Make Sense next stop: Tweed Regional Gallery

The Experimenta Make Sense exhibition is travelling to regional areas around Australia. The next stop on the national tour is toTweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah, NSW.

We spoke to Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM about why she decided to bring Experimenta Make Sense to her gallery.

Why did you decide to program Experimenta Make Senseat Tweed Regional Gallery?

It has been some time since the Tweed Regional Gallery has hosted a touring exhibition of new media art. As the Gallery does not have the equipment to cater for new media, and there are not many quality, professional touring shows of this genre around, we were very keen to include Experimenta Make Sense in our exhibition program. The regional tour is so well supported, and the works presented are always so engaging, innovative and packed with intriguing ideas by leading artists in the field. I have no doubt our visitors will engage and respond to the show enthusiastically, especially school students. We pride ourselves on presenting a diverse program, so Experimenta Make Sense adds another dimension to our 2018 program.

Is there an artwork in the exhibition you’re particularly excited to present to your gallery audiences?

What I’m particularly excited to present to our audiences are some of the interactive works. The idea that artworks are not to be touched is still so ingrained. But what particularly excites me about this exhibition, and something that Experimenta tends to do very well, is that while the works have the capacity for interaction and employ cutting edge technologies, it is not used in a superfluous or gimmicky way. Rather, they engage audiences in really meaningful ways, where the visitor’s physical participation in the work allows them to engage more deeply, unpack the concept behind it, and ultimately walk away with a greater understanding of the issues raised. Andrew Styan’s work Catch your breath is a great example of this. Through the action of blowing, we are slowed down to think of an essential yet involuntary action, and consider our own uniqueness. However, the work doesn’t lose its aesthetic qualities either. The resulting image is actually quite beautiful and entrancing – I truly believe our audiences will be quite captivated by it.

Tell us about media arts scene in Murwillumbah and the Tweed Shire.

The Gallery team weren’t aware of a significant existing regional media arts scene, which was another reason we jumped at the chance to program Experimenta Make Sense into our exhibition schedule. We thought it would be a great opportunity to provide some inspiration for artists of our region. We are hoping to attract artists and collectives who are working in this genre, and introduce their practices to us.

The Murwillumbah Art Trail is a relatively new arts festival on the region’s calendar, held in May, and there are a number of artists who are showing projections onto buildings around Murwillumbah’s CBD, so we’re hoping to attract and inspire some artists who have an interest in new media.

Find out more about Experimenta Make Sense at Tweed Regional Gallery here.