Direct Democracy (Raquelle Ormella, 'Poetic possibilities' 2012)
Monash University Museum of Art presents a dynamic program of exhibitions focusing on contemporary Australian and international art since the 1960s. Exhibitions range from newly commissioned projects to surveys of significant artists, thematic group exhibitions, research-based projects and explorations of the Monash University Collection.
Direct Democracy looks to the evolution of new democratic models in emerging and established democracies. Recent political shifts such as the Arab Spring, the global financial crisis and Occupy form a ground against which earlier struggles for autonomy and self-definition are explored. Direct Democracy reflects upon unrest and the desire for change; modelling key social dynamics and possible futures.
Artists: Laylah Ali, Hany Armanious, Natalie Bookchin, A Centre for Everything, DAMP, Destiny Deacon, Alicia Frankovich, Will French, Gail Hastings, Alex Martinis Roe, Andrew McQualter, John Miller, Alex Monteith, Raquel Ormella, Mike Parr, Simon Perry, Carl Scrase, Milica Tomić, Kostis Velonis, Jemima Wyman
Curator: Geraldine Barlow
As the inaugural annual sculpture commission in the Ian Potter Sculpture Court, Emily Floyd: This Place Will Always Be Open explores the role and legacy of the university campus – and museum – as a site of political potential.
Drawing its title and conceptual framework from the experimental student struggles at Monash University during the 1960s and ’70s, and incorporating a series of activities, events, debates, workshops and publications, Floyd’s work serves as a space for social encounter – reinvoking a utopian spirit that is open, inclusive, free, provisional and generative. Read more...