20 May 2013
As part of her commission for the Ian Potter Sculpture Court, This Place Will Always be Open, MUMA and Emily Floyd have put together a public forum titled 'Disobedience', examining the history and legacy of student protest movements on campus at Monash University. Disobedience will focus on the origins of student activism at Monash University and the 'student struggles' of The Monash Labor Club in the 1960s and 70s; their unique understanding of Marxism and the application of their praxis to contemporary forms of occupation, Situationism, information technology and knowledge production. Also on display will be Students in Dissent, a group project initiated by Warren Taylor, Stewart Russell, and Emily Floyd with participation by students from Monash Art Design and Architecture. The group worked together to research, document and reproduce printed ephemera relating to the student movements of the late 1960s, focusing on the pivotal actions of students at Monash University following the events of Paris May 68.
'Disobedience: The Monash Labor Club and student struggles of the 1960s and '70s' Wednesday 22 May 2013, 5.30 - 7.30pm, Monash University Museum of Art.
Convener: Dr Kate Murphy, Lecturer in Contemporary History, Monash University
Speakers: Darce Cassidy, Mike Hyde, Jill Jolliffe, Ken Mansell and Dave Nadel
The Forum is free to attend but bookings are required. Please click here to book.
7 Dec 2012
The first instalment in a new cultural exchange project, Sleep on the Left Side brings together new work by three leading contemporary Australian artists — Kate Daw, Emily Floyd and John Meade — at Seven Art Limited in New Delhi. All three artists have spent time in India and have been influenced by those experiences and the people they encountered.
In 2013, three contemporary Indian artists represented by Seven Art Limited — Aakash Nihalani, Brendan Fernandes and Saravanan Parasuraman — will travel to Melbourne to undertake artist residencies and participate in an exhibition at the University of Melbourne’s Margaret Lawrence Gallery at the Victorian College of the Arts.
20 December - 19 January at Seven Arts Gallery New Delhi
For more information http://sevenartlimited.com/
17 Oct 2012
Emily Floyd has completed a major, architecturally integrated, sculpture titled New Ways of Thinking at Lacrosse, an Elenberg Fraser/Pan Urban project for Melbourne's Docklands Precinct.
6 Oct 2012
Emily Floyd's This place will always be open, the inaugural Ian Potter Sculpture Commission at MUMA, opens Saturday 6 October, 2012.
Winding an unorthodox itinerary through the sculpture court at MUMA, This place will always be open, 2012 is a text-based sculptural work fabricated from painted and powder-coated steel. With a font designed by the artist, it derives its logic from modernist typography, albeit in a highly abstracted form. Almost – but not quite – pushed to the point of illegibil- ity (attesting to our distance from, and yet ongoing influence of the textual reference), Floyd’s high-key polychrome letters present a declarative, emblematic slogan, whilst being open from behind to reveal the constructivist manufacture and aesthetics of the work.
The letters themselves serve as a marker of place, and vari- ously operate as a form of civic discourse, public furniture, or library stack, creating a place where students and visitors can sit, read and enjoy the landscaped area of the sculpture court, while also reflecting upon a specific history and poten- tial invoked in what is an apparently simple sentence.
Emily Floyd’s work is the first in an annual series of com- missioned sculptural and/or architectural works, developed to establish new opportunities for artists, and new models of practice, thinking and research into public sculpture and architectural practice.
Details of the project are available here.