Event First Thursdays: Jemima Wyman and Zach Blas

First Thursdays: Jemima Wyman and Zach Blas

06 April 2017

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Join artists Jemima Wyman and Zach Blas for their First Thursdays event Patterns-of-Life-Resistance, as they ask: How can we create and imagine patterns that engage resistance? Wyman and Blas invite us to collectivise and resist through pattern making and camouflage, and to use technology to explore visual patterns of resistance for today.

The evening begins with a lecture-performance that examines the landscape of resistance and surveillance patterns, and the relationship between patterns and protest movements. Wyman and Blas will use visual pattern making, generated by cutting-edge surveillance technologies and algorithms, through music, video, and performance. Their performance will end with a workshop where you can camouflage, resist, and evade surveillance with the artists.

This performance marks the beginning of Wyman and Blas’s IMA residency to develop new work for the exhibition Material Politics, 6 May–15 July 2017.

Guest Info
  • Jemima Wyman lives in Brisbane and Los Angeles. She has exhibited at Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles; 21st Century Museum of Art, Kanazawa; Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Naarm/Melbourne; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart; and UQ Art Museum, Meanjin/Brisbane. She was in the 2010 Sydney Biennale and 2012 Liverpool Biennale. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from QUT, Meanjin/Brisbane; and a MFA from CalArts, Los Angeles. She is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane, and Sullivan and Strumpf, Sydney.

    Zach Blas is an artist and writer, and a lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Blas has exhibited and lectured internationally, recently at Whitechapel Gallery, London; ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; e-flux, New York; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; New Museum, New York; Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; and transmediale, Berlin. Blas holds a PhD from the Program in Literature at Duke University and a MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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