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Workshop – Drawing on Complexity (The Experimenta Series)

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Plimsoll Gallery, School of Creative Arts,

37 Hunter St

Hobart, TAS 7000

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Join artist Briony Barr in an experiment which combines collaborative, expanded drawing with an exploration of complex adaptive systems.

Over a one-day session, a group of participants (called ‘agents’) will draw on the floor with colourful PVC tape following simple rules determining placement of the tape and how to collaborate with others. As the lines build up over time, so will the emergent patterns – a hallmark of the complex adaptive systems that have inspired the project. This process is also inspired by ‘agent-based modelling’, a digital method used to model systems with many interacting parts.

From a bustling crowd of people, a fluctuating stock market to the behaviour of a weather system or grains of sand in a desert, complex systems can be found everywhere around us. They are studied by an extremely diverse range of scientific disciplines, from sociology to physics to mathematics. Like a ‘grass-roots’ movement, complex systems evolve from the ‘bottom up’, meaning larger patterns and behaviour (like a stock market crash or a hurricane) evolve from interactions and feedback between the parts. This unpredictable process is often described as ‘the whole being more than the sum of the parts’.

Part of a larger investigation into pattern formation, this experiment is part of body of work that will compare what patterns (social or aesthetic) will emerge when different groups of people make a drawing together within a similar set of parameters. Exhibiting as part of Experimenta Make Sense: International Triennial of Media Art, video documentation of each drawing will be presented over a three-year period, across regional Australia. In parallel with this one day experiment, members of the public are also invited to contribute to a separate drawing, based on the same rules. This will evolve on a drop-in basis over the course of the main exhibition.

Drawing on Complexity (The Experimenta Series) is based on a concept created by Australian artist Briony Barr in collaboration with physicist Andrew Melatos – The University of Melbourne. Previous drawing experiments have taken place at both science and art institutions including at The National Art School in Sydney, Museum Victoria (Scienceworks), The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea and the Santa Fe Institute in USA.

Find out more about this project, showing as part of Experimenta Make Sense: International Triennial of Media Art: www.experimenta.org/makesense


WORKSHOP INFO

  • Participants must be available to come to Plimsoll Gallery, School of Creative Arts, 37 Hunter Street for the full length of the workshop, 10:30am – 5:00pm, Saturday 12 May. Participants will have 45 min break for lunch (food not provided).
  • An introduction to complex systems and the artistic themes of the work will be given at the start of the session. No prior artistic skills necessary.
  • Please be aware that the artwork will be created on the ground
  • Casual, comfortable, colourful clothes to be worn. Participants will be required to remove shoes while creating artwork and are encouraged to wear/bring socks to keep feet warm.
  • The session will be filmed from a bird’s eye point of view for display throughout the exhibition and tour.

Please register your interest in being a participant by Wednesday 9th May.


Please note that your email address will only ever be used to communicate with you regarding Experimenta event evaluation. Your information is strictly confidential and will never be shared with any third-party organisations.

Further information:

www.brionybarr.com

www.vimeo.com/brionybarr

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How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email: Jane.barlow@utas.edu.au

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