FIZZ considers the echo of invisible forces within technology and the inanimate world - reflexively inhabiting personalities, that approached with the right intention can be felt, heard, smelt or touched.
Opening Wednesday 31st August | 6 - 8pm.
Exhibition open until Sunday 11th September.
Gallery open Tuesday–Saturday 11am–6pm | Sunday 11am–4pm
Simonne Goran’s practice moves fluidly between disciplines including sculpture, installation, hand-drawn animation, video and painting. She is interested in merging virtual and material spatialities with a particular focus on impossible movement and the elasticity of objects in cartoons. Goran utilises a diverse range of media in order to translate the unique qualities of cartoons to the often under-explored idiosyncrasies of emergent, synthetic materialities, and enquire into the shared etymological roots of ‘animation’ and ‘animism’. Her work draws from Japanese anime and religeo-aesthetic concepts such as Shintō and Ma, which led to Goran’s relocation from Sydney to Tokyo for over a year in order to further investigate Japanese art and visual culture. During her time based in Japan Simonne co-curated the group exhibition SPVI / II with artist Jesse Hogan, held at Turner Gallery, Tokyo in September 2015. She has recently shown at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Firstdraft Gallery, Interlude, DB Project, Mori Gallery, amongst others, and collaborated with Megan Hanson for Underbelly Arts Festival in August last year
Brenton Alexander Smith is a contemporary visual artist working with ideas of technology and the cyborg. His sculptures, photographs and video works explore society’s relationship with machines in an age where technology has become integrated into human lives, as well as their bodies. His early works examined prosthesis, manifesting in wearable sculptures made from discarded machines. Smith has expanded his interpretation of prosthesis into the psychological realm, encompassing elements of cyberspace and digital media in his recent work.
Laura Hunt is a sculpture and sound artist based in Sydney, currently studying Master of Fine Arts at UNSWAD.
Hunt creates instrumental sculptures that explore the idea that collaboration can extend beyond human relationships encompassing kinetic materials and forces of probability. Hunt’s work manifests from a history and connection to collaboration and sound performance. Replication of the nuances in improvised performance is seen in her sound and sculpture practice. Hunt has had the privilege of performing at the Opera House with band Ghastly Spats as well as the Museum of Contemporary art for MCA Artbar and Genext with WDK (collaboration with Jannah Quill). Hunt has shown at Underbelly Arts Festival - Island Salon, Articulate, 107 Projects, Merry Crisis, Verge Gallery and Sydney College of the Arts Graduate Gallery.
Jannah Quill is an artist and musician working in Sydney. Her work takes an experimental approach to the uncasing of electrical processes, manifesting in installation, performance and recorded sound. Her performances both solo and as WDK (with Laura Hunt) use alternative DIY methods for creating electronic sounds, with her solo venturing toward a noise techno and WDK to bugged out club vibes. Her “visual” practice focuses on uncasing electronic transduction processes within digital objects to draw attention to our relationship with technologies, and is continually exploring the nature of digital life and its larger ramifications.
Amaya Lang is a Sydney based artist and musician. Her recent sculptural work focuses on ambiguous bodily forms that investigate the paradoxical nature of control and the contradictory space between autonomy and dependency. She has shown at Kudos, Stanley Street Gallery, Underbelly Arts Festival (2015) and Sydney Contemporary (2015) and has been a finalist in the Tom Bass Sculpture prize (2015) and the Gold Coast International ceramic award (2016).
Jenny Alaca is an artist and writer. Her research focus investigates our lived relationship with electronic waste, media ecologies and speculative futures. Alaca’s current practice explores the entropic materiality of the voice through sound and performance.
Jenny has exhibited at Articulate Project Space, Interlude Gallery and Three Foot Square. She has also presented for DorkBot Sydney and has undertaken projects with Coconut Collective for Shelter Union at UNSW Galleries.
Jenny Alaca is currently studying her Honours in Art Theory at UNSW Art & Design.