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Monday, December 23, 2013
Lisa Sammut is No. 9 of 10 artists in residence at Culture at Work® connecting art & science.
This research project is directed towards the Cosmos, as a remarkably significant sight and site for visual and philosophical consideration. The aim of this residency is to accumulate and collect new research, both written and visual in the area of astronomy. Including details from numerous discussions with the Sydney Observatory, research trips, collected materials and experiences, I will respond directly to my findings through experimental video, sculpture and photography and present my research at the residency’s conclusion. Specifically, my work will explore the scientific process of accumulation and visualisation of distant celestial objects and consider the process of subjective and objective observation. It will also focus on ideas and definitions of the term Magnitude in astronomy, philosophy and history. Magnitude meaning; 1. the greatness of size and amount 2. a measure of brightness and illumination 3. of great importance or consequence.
6.00pm 12 Dec PUBLIC TALK BY Lisa Sammut & 6.30pm by Christie McMonigal sydney observatory (B.Sc. (Adv.) Hons, B.A., Physics, Ancient Greek) on Light & Astronomy "about many of the effects of light that we see every day and how they relate to astronomy".
Exhibition dates: Thursday 12 Dec - Saturday 21 Dec 2013 Wed -Sat 1-5pm
Public talk followed by opening drinks: Thursday 12th Dec 2013 6-8pm
Family workshop: Saturday 14th December 2013 10am - 12pm
"This project is supported by Arts NSW's NSW Artists' Grant Scheme, a devolved funding program administered
by the National Association of the Visual Arts“ on behalf of the NSW Government."
Friday, November 8, 2013
Sun-compass is an installation reflecting my research into bee navigation. Using beeswax, twigs and thread, this installation traces the path of a waggle dance - performed by worker bees to communicate the direction and distance of pollinating flowers in relation to the position of the sun. This tiny insect dance resonates with larger narratives about the complex relationships between bees and their understandings of and interconnections with the world outside their hive. From a human perspective Sun-compass considers how we are undermining our fragile relationships with bees, despite their integral connection to our very survival. Over the past twelve months I’ve been using beeswax in my installations, exploring its physical materiality as a metaphor for impermanence and our fragile relationships with nature. Currently beeswax is inexpensive and relatively easy to obtain in Australia, but elsewhere in the world it is becoming rare and costly, indicative of the increasing annual losses of domesticated western honeybee hives Europe, America and China. This alarming epidemic is termed Colony Collapse Disorder.
Globally we rely on domesticated western honeybees to pollinate one third of all food crops, so the disappearances of these bees has dire implications on the international agricultural industry and our food supply. Scientists estimate that the domesticated western honeybee species will become extinct in most parts of the world within twenty years if CCD continues at this rate. CCD is caused by neonics pesticides sprayed on crops; the residual toxin in the plant pollen and nectar weakens the bee’s immune systems, eventually killing the bee. This is compounded by a combination of factors including mites, parasites, viruses, genetics, habitat loss, environmental change-related stress, malnutrition, and migratory beekeeping.
Exhibition launch Saturday 23 November 3-5pm
Public Talk Thursday 28 November 6-8pm
Exhibition Opening Times: Wed to Saturday 12-5pm
Kath Fries has a Masters of Visual Arts from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours from UNSW. She has been awarded a Japan Foundation New Artist Award 2010, ArtStart Grant 2011, NSW Artists Grant 2012 and the inaugural FCMG Grant 2013. Kath works with a site-responsive process using natural and found materials to explore impermanence, memory and the complexities of human relationships with nature. She has been an artist in residence at Hill End NSW; Bundanon Trust, Nowra NSW; Gosford Regional Gallery, NSW; Wonga Wetlands, Albury NSW; Primrose Park, Cremorne NSW; The Lock-Up Cultural Centre, Newcastle NSW and Laughing Waters, Eltham VIC.
For more info about Kath Fries artwork see www.kathfries.blogspot.com and www.kathfries.com
Kath Fries is 10/10 artist in residence at Culture at Work in 2013.
This project is supported by Culture at Work's Accelerator program: where art and science collide