Artistic Bokeh is an initiative to qualitatively explore, map and extend the electrosphere with parameters of artistic research and development. The group is intertwined with the project Artistic Technology Research at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna.
 

Jai McKenzie: 'Never Forever' & Runway Australian Experimental Arts / Friday, 21.11.2014, MuseumsQuartier Vienna

During Vienna Art Week 2014 Artistic Bokeh and Austria Australia Arts Alliance present: Jai McKenzie - "Never Forever" (exhibition opening) and Runway Australian Experimental Art Issue #26.

Artistic Bokeh presents the first event in Vienna of the Austria Australia Arts Alliance with the exhibition ‘Never Forever’ by Australian artist Jai Mckenzie and the launch of the latest issue of Runway Journal for Australian Experimental Art edited by Andrew Newman. The issue reflects on how knowledge is generated within artistic practice and the launch will feature a presentation by Australian artist and researcher Dr. Joshua Harle.

Runway #26: Knowledge - Jai McKenzie: Never Forever

Location: MuseumsQuartier Vienna
Detail and Map (48°12'15.4"N 16°21'29.2"E)

Start: 19:00
Presentations & Drinks
Music by Soulpeeling

Austria Australia Arts Alliance (AAAA)
The Austria Australia Arts Alliance is an organisation established to present and promote emerging experimental Australian artists in Austria. The Austria Australia Arts Alliance launches its one year exhibition program at Artistic Bokeh in partnership with Runway Australian Experimental Art.

Runway #26: Knowledge
Runway is an independent Australian experimental art journal run by a collective of Sydney-based and internationally-based artists, writers and curators. Runway is currently published three times a year and includes feature articles, interviews, artist commissions, reviews, previews and international updates. Each issue is organised around a theme, and all content is commissioned based on proposals submitted in an open callout. Issue 26 [Knowledge] edited by Andrew Newman launches at Artistic Bokeh alongside the first exhibition of the Austria Australia Arts Alliance.

Runway #26: Knowledge

The issue features: Amanda Williams (NSW), Carolyn Craig (QLD), Diego Ramirez (VIC), Giselle Stanborough (NSW), Jasmine Targett (VIC), Jessica Herrington (NSW), Josh Harle (NSW), Kailana Sommer (NSW), Karolina Novak & Daniel Green (NSW), Luke Letourneau (NSW), Naomi Riddle (NSW), Samantha McKegg (NZ), Sara Morawetz (NYC), Sera Waters (SA), Siouxzi Mernagh (BERLIN), Robin Hungerford (NSW).

Jai McKenzie: 'Never Forever'
Never Forever was conceived after the artist, Jai McKenzie, visited the Nakagin Capsule Tower; a decaying building positioned in the Shimbashi district of Tokyo. Designed by Metabolist architect Kisho Kurokawa and built over just 30 days in 1972, the Capsule Tower is composed of 140 inhabitable pods designed to be continuously removed, re-arranged, and ultimately destroyed. Today, the pods are largely unoccupied and wait in varying states of decay for impending demolition.

‘Never Forever’ examines the dynamic journey of creation and destruction, the act of remembering and forgetting and the improbability of permanence in an inherently impermanent world. Various forms are eroded through light and fragmented through space. The work exists as if McKenzie sifted through the remains of the building to compile a rearrangement of objects repositioned within time, space and imagination.

Jai McKenzie: 'Never Forever'

Jai MacKenzie is an artist and academic based in Sydney and Berlin. She is a Lecturer in Electronic and New Media Art at the Sydney College of the Arts, Australia.

Jai McKenzie


Jai McKenzie’s interest in perceptual experience often results in sculptures and installations that use light, space and time as the principle materials. McKenzie’s work has been exhibited extensively across Australia as well as in Japan, Germany, Austria, Canada and the United States. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (Studio-based Research in Art) from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney and was granted an Australian Post Graduate Award to complete her artistic research.

McKenzie has participated in residency programs in Sydney and Paris. She has also received numerous grants and prizes, including an Australia Council New Work grant, a National Association of Visual Arts artist grant and a Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Exchange Scholarship. In addition, Jai has over five years lecturing experience having lectured at the University of Technology Sydney, Sydney College of the Arts and the University of Newcastle in Australia.

In her recent book Light and Photomedia (2014) she places the reader in a new history and future which although mostly overlooked by the canon of photomedia theory is an essential line of enquiry for contemporary thinking and dialogue in photography.

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Runway is an independent Australian experimental art journal run by a collective of Sydney-based and internationally-based artists, writers and curators. Runway is currently published three times a year and includes feature articles, interviews, artist commissions, reviews, previews and international updates. Each issue is organised around a theme, and all content is commissioned based on proposals submitted in an open callout.
Kisho Kurakawa cofounded the Metabolist Movement in 1960, whose members were known as Metabolists. It was a radical Japanese avant-garde movement pursuing the merging and recycling of architecture styles within an Asian context. The movement was very successful, peaking when its members received praise for the Takara Cotillion Beautillion at the Osaka World Expo 1970. The group was dismantled shortly thereafter.
Mary Warner Marien discusses photography from a truly global viewpoint and looks at a wide-ranging collection of images through the lenses of art, science, travel, war, fashion, the mass media and individual photographers. In addition to representing the established canon of Europe and the United States, key work from Latin America, Africa, India, Russia, China and Japan is also included. Professional, amateur and art photographers are all discussed, with Portrait boxes devoted to highlighting important individuals and Focus boxes charting particular cultural debates.
Jai McKenzie's Light and Photomedia is an important reflection on the very conditions of seeing in our world today. By understanding photomedia not through subject matter and technology, but as light-space-time, we recognise reality for what it is: negotiable and vibrant.
 
 
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