Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is delighted to announce its first new artwork commission to be presented and experienced primarily in an online environment.
MCA is delighted to announce its first new artwork commission to be presented and experienced primarily in an online environment. Sydney-based artist Marian Tubbs, an exhibitor in this year’s Primavera: Young Australian Artists exhibition at the MCA, is the first artist selected in a planned ongoing series of commissions to be presented on the Internet or as a mobile app and be accessible by visitors from across the globe.
Tubbs will develop the work throughout 2015 and work with digital media producers and other technical experts to realise the artwork. It will be officially launched in October 2015. The work will draw on Tubbs’ research into the creation and dissemination of knowledge across online networks and investigation into current digital art practice.
Digital practice poses a number of questions for museums about the most effective and responsible ways to purchase, accession, store, and exhibit digital artworks. For instance, how can works designed for digital rather than physical spaces be exhibited in or by museums? This commission will enable the MCA to devise and propose solutions to these questions, contributing to an active global discourse, supporting living artists, and enabling the creation of major new works.
MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE has said, ‘We hope this will benefit the Australian visual arts sector by stimulating discussion and action around the presentation of digital artworks and supporting artists working in this way.’
Today (still) 2014 single-channel digital video, colour,
Marian Tubbs Kings X Darlinghurts (detail) 2014
Tubbs’ recent practice draws heavily on the Internet, including both object and screenbased artworks that consider how materiality intersects with notions of value, pleasure and reality. She often re-mixes and re-combines online ‘junk’ images such as popular emoji icons, mobile screenshots, app-based text animations, and low-resolution jpegs.
For this commission, Tubbs has said, ‘I am interested in visualising the immateriality of data flows, creating non-linear visual narratives through interlinking sites, and providing poetic insight into the political implications and value of metadata.’ This commission has been funded by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
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