MONASH UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART media kit

emily floyd
this place will always be open
INAUGURAL ANNUAL SCULPTURE COMMISSION
EXHIBITION DATES
4 October – May 2013 Opening function Saturday 6 October 3–5pm

MEDIA
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Ground Floor, Building F Monash University, Caulfield Campus 900 Dandenong Road Caulfield East VIC 3145 Australia

www.monash.edu.au/muma Telephone +61 3 9905 4217 muma@monash.edu Tues – Fri 10am – 5pm; Sat 12 – 5pm

Emily Floyd, This place will always be open 2012, work in progress courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne and Sydney Photo: John Brash

MONASH UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART EMILY FLOYD: THIS PLACE WILL ALWAYS BE OPEN

INTRODUCTION
The inaugural annual commission for the Ian Potter Sculpture Court will see a major new public sculpture by Emily Floyd explore the role and legacy of the university campus – and museum – as a site of political potential. Drawing its title and conceptual framework from the experimental student struggles at Monash University during the 1960s and ’70s, and incorporating a series of activities, events, debates, workshops and publications, Floyd’s work serves as a space for social encounter – reinvoking a utopian spirit that is open, inclusive, free, provisional and generative. The letters themselves serve as a marker of place, and variously 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 potential invoked in what is an apparently simple sentence.

ANNUAL SCULPTURE COMMISSION: IAN POTTER SCULPTURE COURT AT MUMA
Emily Floyd’s work is the first in an annual series of commissioned 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. The Ian Potter Sculpture Court adjoins MUMA and was designed by landscape architects Simon Ellis and Fiona Harrison in collaboration with Kerstin Thompson Architects. Established in 2010 with MUMA’s relocation to Caulfield, it was supported by a philanthropic grant from the Ian Potter Foundation.

THE SCULPTURE
Winding an unorthodox itinerary through the sculpture court at MUMA, This place will always be open 2012 is a textbased sculptural work fabricated from painted and powdercoated 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 illegibility (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.

Ground Floor, Building F Monash University, Caulfield Campus 900 Dandenong Road Caulfield East VIC 3145 Australia

www.monash.edu.au/muma Telephone +61 3 9905 4217 muma@monash.edu Tues – Fri 10am – 5pm; Sat 12 – 5pm

Students In Dissent (SID), Melbourne Is Your School Revolting? Join the Underground 1969 Courtesy of www.reasoninrevolt.net.au Archive of Ken Mansell

MONASH UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART EMILY FLOYD: THIS PLACE WILL ALWAYS BE OPEN

ART, TEXT, POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY AND ACTIVISM
Inspired by the actions, political philosophy and utopian spirit of the era of student uprising and struggle at Monash University and internationally in the 1960s and ’70s, the text which structures Floyd’s work is drawn from the first issue of PRINT, published in Melbourne on Wednesday 4 March 1969, one of many pamphlets, bill-posters and slogans produced at the time, from which the following excerpt is drawn: BE WHERE THE ACTION IS Apart from the usual run of demonstrations, sit-ins, riots and insurrections, club activities have included weekly parties, speakers, films, seminars, debates, weekend conferences and interstate factional struggles. We have also supported activities of the New Left Group and Anti-Conscription Society (joint membership encouraged). Weekly general meetings are held to decide Club policy and tactics (no other Monash group operates in this way – that’s why they call us authoritarian). These are held every lunchtime in H4 – visitors welcome (usually!), starting immediately. Together with an organization called the ‘Revolutionary Socialists’ we have just established a large off campus headquarters at “The Bakery”, 120 Greville St Prahran (ph 51 3667). This place (as soon as it’s fixed up) will always be open for people to drop round and do some revolutionary work and will be a centre for many club activities – particularly those concerned with developing joint student-worker action which will be one of our major concerns in 1969. — PRINT, no. 1, authorised by Mike Hyde, President Monash Labor Club, 4 March 1969. In drawing upon this history, Floyd’s work pays homage to legendary and controversial figures including Albert Langer, Ian Morgan, Dave Nadel, Jill Jolliffe, and Ken Mansell, many of whom were involved with the group that began working from The Bakery at 120 Greville Street, Prahran, and the neighbouring Greville Street bookshop called Alice’s Restaurant, where titles such as Obsolete Communism – The Left Wing Alternative could be picked up for under a dollar. As Emily Floyd notes: Like many Left-Wing inventions from this period of lateflowering Modernity, The Bakery is a model of communication and organization that prefigures and predicts The Internet, as such it provides a way of thinking about free-software, knowledge sharing, generative learning and intellectual property in a contemporary context. The idea of The Bakery also speaks to the role that contemporary art museums might play as facilitators of debate and experimentation. The phrase This place will always be open will not be lost on those who have followed the new building works and program at MUMA.

EVENTS: REFLECTION, LEGACY AND PROJECTION
Revisiting a specific history of student activism in Melbourne, Floyd’s work will serve not only as a marker of place, and a time in history, but also as a platform to explore the legacy and contemporary relevance of experimental student activism and lifestyle, through a series of artist instigated activities, workshops, print and publication projects, involving leading protagonists of student demonstrations and political action in the 1960s, and current students, artists, activists and cultural workers. Activating historical material in the present, Floyd’s work will not only explore the achievements, failures, legacies and potential of past models, but also the relation to contemporary events such as the Occupy movement, the Arab Spring, and current and recent wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere.
www.monash.edu.au/muma Telephone +61 3 9905 4217 muma@monash.edu Tues – Fri 10am – 5pm; Sat 12 – 5pm

Ground Floor, Building F Monash University, Caulfield Campus 900 Dandenong Road Caulfield East VIC 3145 Australia

Emily Floyd, An Open Space 2011 Courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne and Sydney

MONASH UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART EMILY FLOYD: THIS PLACE WILL ALWAYS BE OPEN

EMILY FLOYD: ABRIDGED BIOGRAPHY
Education and knowledge are key themes in the work of Melbourne-based artist Emily Floyd (born 1972). In a practice that encompasses public art, installation, community projects and printmaking, interaction is a fundamental part of the process of engagement for the artist. She has a longstanding interest in educational philosophies and her artwork explores how information is communicated and the ideas that shape who we are and who we wish to be. Floyd frequently works with language and texts in unexpected ways – meticulously considering elements such as font and colour, shape and size, material and movement to create tactile works that not only engage our senses, and the space around us, but also serve to initiate discussions about contemporary social, cultural and political ideas. Emily Floyd has participated in over 50 exhibitions in major galleries and museums in Australia and internationally. Recent individual exhibitions include: Here small gestures make complex structures, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2012; All Day Workshop / Catalyst, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne, 2012; An Open Space, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, 2011; and The Cultural Studies Reader, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo 2010. Recent group exhibitions include Kindness: Undarta, Habitat Centre, New Delhi, 2012; Colour Bazaar, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2011; 10 Ways to look at the Past, NGV Melbourne, 2011; In the Balance: Art for a Changing World, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2010; and Home and Away, Australian Embassy Washington DC, 2011. Floyd’s works are held in numerous collections including, The Victoria and Alert Museum, London; The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Gallery of Modern Art Queensland, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, and Monash University Collection. Floyd has completed several large-scale public art works, including Public Art Strategy, 2008 for Melbourne’s Eastlink motorway.

PROJECT CREDITS
Artist: Emily Floyd Curator: Max Delany Over the course of the exhibition, Emily Floyd and MUMA will facilitate the reproduction, discussion and representation of material relating to student activism in the 1960s and ’70s from the archive of Ken Mansell. Emily Floyd would like to thank Ken Mansell and Darce Cassidy for their generous support of this project. Courtesy: Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne and Sydney

Ground Floor, Building F Monash University, Caulfield Campus 900 Dandenong Road Caulfield East VIC 3145 Australia

www.monash.edu.au/muma Telephone +61 3 9905 4217 muma@monash.edu Tues – Fri 10am – 5pm; Sat 12 – 5pm

Emily Floyd, This place will always be open 2012, work in progress courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne and Sydney Photo: John Brash

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