19 March 2017

Nicola McClelland, Carl Daamen and Reuben Daamen

Opening Friday 24 March 6-8pm

Elastic Certainties: Shaping Conversations Across Art, Science and Music

Saturday 25 March to Sunday 9 April

Artists panel talk: Saturday 25 March 3-5pm 

Image credit: Nicola McClelland, Elastic Certainties , December 2016.

Bridging themes of shifting boundaries and borders with theories of space-time, this collaborative project between Nicola McClelland (visual artist/curator of the exhibition), Carl Daamen (physicist) and Reuben Daamen (composer/musician) draws on their bilateral and trilateral conversations.
The trigger for this project was Carl’s scientific reading of Nicola’s work and processes.  He interpreted her processes, concepts and materials, initially reversing the model of the artist interpreting science or acting as a science messenger to the public. These interpretations led to dialogues with points of meeting/difference and, sometimes, chasms. They were documented through audio recordings and mind maps, then edited and channeled.

Reuben’s sound piece translates not only specific conversations across the disciplines, but sounds generated from Nicola’s art making processes in her studio. The piece was influenced by perspective images and photographs of the ArticulateUpstairs site.

The distilled myriad findings are integrated in the photography, sculpture and sound installation, Elastic Certainties.



4 March 2017

Barbara Campbell

Departing colours: Eastern Curlew
Saturday 4 to Sunday 19 March
Opening Friday 3 March 6-8pm

Barbara Campbell has been working in the contact zone between humans and migratory shorebirds since 2011. Her exhibition for ArticulateUpstairs is timed to coincide with the seasonal departure of Numenius madagascariensis (Eastern Curlew) from the shorelines of Australasia towards their breeding grounds in north-east China and the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia’s far east.

Campbell’s 2015 watercolour series, Soft part colours, extracts and abstracts the colours of Eastern Curlew bills (one of the bird’s so-called “soft parts”), as described verbally by shorebird citizen-scientists working in the field. The series was first shown in the Macleay Museum, lying down horizontally in cabinets with study specimens of Eastern Curlew skins from the museum collection. For ArticulateUpstairs, the works are hung vertically in flocks of six. The Eastern Curlew species is feeling the effects of rapid anthropocentric development and in 2015 was listed as “critically endangered”.

Image: Barbara Campbell, Soft part colours: Eastern Curlew bill series, flock 4, 2015, watercolour on Canson paper on wood stretcher frame, each 30.5 x 10.2 x 3.8 cm. Photo: Barbara Campbell.