Date: 27 May 2016
Speakers: Steven Aaron Hughes and Dimity Magnus
Steven Aaron Hughes and Dimity Magnus, two artists from Perth, were selected as Artists in Residence in Skagastrond, Iceland in November 2015. Their research involved collaborating with Marine Biotechnologists BioPol, who conduct research in the Arctic North Sea. During their stay the pair documented their experiences into a series of short films that look into the nature and culture of remote Iceland from a foreign perspective, looking into the research of Biopol and the natural wonders of the region including Glacial Lagoons and Volcanic Geothermal Hotspots. Steven and Dimity will share selections of their films and discuss living and working in the remote north of Iceland and how it affected their work, research and perceptions of nature and reality.
Steven Aaron Hughes is a practitioner in synchronistic digital technologies in sound and visual mediums, incorporating performance, installation and composition in exploring the facets of sensory perception working in an array of fields in the realms of entertainment, information and environmental activism. In 2011 Hughes founded his own video production company Blue Forest Media and has since worked as a visual artist on dramatic film and music video productions collaborating with high profile national and international artists, in addition to writing for and performing in musical acts including ‘Injured Ninja’ and ‘Usurper of Modern Medicine.’
Artists Steven has collaborated with include ORLAN, Stelarc, Chicks on Speed and The Venus Project. His recent works include feature documentary ‘Frackman: The Movie,’ (2015) and the Perth International Arts Festival 2016 opening event ‘HOME.’ Hughes’ current work ’Exoterica’ is a projection mapping installation that investigates the forms of nature and their relation to structure of the human body.
Dimity Magnus is a physical artist. Her practices include a wide array of practical effects, Mixed media art, Construction and performance. She is the founder of: Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School Perth Branch of the worldwide Alternative Arts Event Community. Dimtronstudios Performance, Events and Festival Installation Builds Company. Art for Reef, an artist run campaign to gain awareness for the Great Barrier Reef. Gaining support from Artists such as Toby Bell and Ian de Souza.Monkey Collective, a collective for designers and as a launch pad for future theatre performances. Monkey Collective builds a fan base through regular Immersive Cinema events at Luna Leederville.
Previous works have taken her to studios through Australia, UK and US on projects including: The London Olympics Mascots- Studio (UK), Not by Bread Alone- theatre (U.S), The Luwow - Club (AUS), The Boy who kicked pigs - Theatre (UK), Cedric and Hope - Film (AUS), Hydrapoesis - Theatre Group (AUS). And commissioned for Installations by: Scitech Discovery Centre, Fairbridge Folk Festival, Nameless Festival, Beaufort Street Festival, Joondalup Festival and FringeWorld. Dimity now dedicates her time to developing works that voice her views on nature, consciousness and how we percieve reality. Her latest works include illustration series Reality Passed as well as writing and performing in musical act She Leaves the Mountain.
Date: 10 June 2016
Speaker: Associate Professor Farida Fozdar, The University of Western Australia
Refugees are an over researched population. Often research into refugee issues silences the very voices it is attempting to assist. This paper shares the results of a research project that sought to give voice to refugee participants through allowing them to represent their own settlement experiences through the taking photographs. It considers the pros and cons of the method and some surprising effects.
Farida Fozdar is Associate Professor in Anthropology and Sociology, at The University of Western Australia. Her research focuses on race relations and migrant settlement, racism, citizenship, nationalism and postnationalism, and issues to do with refugees and asylum seekers. She has published widely including 3 books, 15 book chapters and more than 45 journal articles, as well as authoring reports to government and research consultancies.