A Working Model of the World in New York
- When 28 Sep - 13 Dec 2017
2 West 13th Street New York, NY 10011
Fri to Weds, 12pm-6pm, Thurs 12pm-8pm
First presented by UNSW Galleries the important research based exhibition project titled A Working Model of the World has gone on display at The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School in New York city.
A collaborative project, A Working Model of the World has been developed by UNSW Galleries, Sydney, The Curators’ Department, Sydney and the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center and has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
A Working Model of the World explores the practical, philosophical and symbolic work that models do for us, and asks how we use models to contemplate, experiment, invent and teach. The project explores the losses and gains that flow from the way models isolate one part of the complexity of the world.
Featuring video, installation, photography, sculpture and other techniques of model-making, artists explore the practical, philosophical and symbolic work of models. Their works are displayed alongside select models from material culture. From children rolling dough to ecologists predicting rising sea-levels to the ritual power of modeling tumors, the exhibition asks us to think of "model" as a verb.
“A Working Model of the World invites a conversation between different forms of material thinking, asking how we use models to contemplate, experiment, invent and teach,” say exhibition curators Dr. Lizzie Muller of UNSW Art & Design and Holly Williams of The Curators’ Department. “It explores the losses and gains that flow from the way models isolate one part of the complexity of the world.”
“We think of our galleries as a microcosm — modeling and remodeling both research and thinking at the university and beyond," said Radhika Subramaniam, Director/Chief Curator of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. "This exciting collaboration continues that work.”
Adapting the UNSW Galleries version of the project the New York edition features artists from Australia, New Zealand and the United States including: Brook Andrew, Corinne May Botz, Ian Burns, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Kate Dunn, David Eastwood, caraballo-farman, Emily Floyd, Andrea Fraser and Jeff Preiss, Glen Hayward, Jo Law, Palle Nielsen, Kenzee Patterson, Sascha Pohflepp & Chris Woebken, Karolina Sobecka, and jackie sumell.