Artists in conversation: The National 2019
Dialogues between artworks
Join two artists from The National 2019 in-conversation to discuss how their works intersect and diverge. A rare chance to hear their perspective on the way their works have been curated into the context of the show and how their art practices speak to one another.
Image: Pilar Mata Dupont, Shuffle (video still) (detail), 2017-2018, panoramic high definition video, courtesy and © the artist
James Newitt in conversation with nova Milne
James Newitt has developed a body of work that consistently engages with specific social and cultural contexts through personal, observational and performative approaches, often embracing mutability and paradox. Recent work has increasingly embraced speculative forms of storytelling as an extension of the more documentary tendencies he continues to explore. In 2012 Newitt was awarded the prestigious Samstag Scholarship to participate in the Maumaus Independent Study Program in Lisbon.
nova Milne is a two-person artist who uses intimacy as their primary communal structure. Works may variously be described as video-sculptures, performance, drawings or restorative actions. These often find gravity in assembling a gesture (or encounter) as a poetic or disruptive transgression across a breach of time/s. nova Milne’s work often reincorporates found microhistorical or biographical ephemera, events or recordings to unleash a latent occult potential from its constituent parts, towards an altered psychological, social or confounding emotive and material plasticity. Intersubjectivity is an ongoing curiosity that segues into science and the paranormal, pervaded by transformation, longing, empathy, absurdity and unboundedness.
Sunday 31 March 2019 1:30pm – 2pm
Location: Lower level 2
Robert Andrew in conversation with Pilar Mata Dupont
Robert Andrew’s work combines electromechanical mechanisms that erode and expose substrates, build stories and create residues. A descendant of the Yawuru people from the Broome area, Western Australia, he also holds European and Filipino heritage. Andrew’s practice explores his Australian Indigenous ancestry and engages with modes of visual storytelling that rely on programmable technologies. These works manifest as visually scraped-back and built-up palimpsests that reference technology, natural materials and artefacts. In 2012 Andrew completed a bachelor’s degree at Griffith University, Brisbane; he is currently completing a doctorate in visual arts.
Pilar Mata Dupont’s practice questions the conditions and construction of dominant narratives that shape history. Her upbringing in Argentina, Australia, and Brunei Darussalam – all settler states and/or former colonies – feed into her practice. She has had recent solo exhibitions in the Netherlands and Finland and has shown at spaces like the Seoul Museum of Art, Secession, Vienna and Württem. Kunstverein, Stuttgart. In 2015, she won the Plymouth Contemporary Open in the UK and a residency prize at Videobrasil in São Paulo. With Tarryn Gill, she participated in the Biennale of Sydney and won the Basil Sellers Art Prize in 2010.
Sunday 31 March 2019 2:15pm – 2:45pm
Location: Lower level 2