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Gyre 2015 (detail)
acetal, fasteners, magnets, bearing, silicone belt, motor, electronic components
As an inventor as well as composer, Percy Grainger's musical practice was never constrained by tradition or convention. The result was his construction of instruments that ranged from the weird to the wonderful.
Led by artist and researcher Dr Laura Woodward, students from Sculpture & Spatial Practice at the Faculty of VCA and MCM, and Mechanical Engineering at the Melbourne School of Engineering, combine their talents to produce works inspired by Grainger's roving imagination. Step inside the University’s Ian Potter Museum of Art to encounter kinetic mechanical instruments, interactive sculptures and responsive installations that are by turns playful, confronting, tender and experimental. In sum, a grand assemblage of moving parts as complex and surprising as the mind of Grainger himself.
Sam La Marca
with Laura Woodward
Dr Laura Woodward has created sculptural kinetic installations for exhibitions around Australia, and lectures in the School of Art at the Faculty of VCA and MCM, University of Melbourne.
More information here on Cultural Collisions: Grainger | Griffins, curated and devised by Jonathan Mills.
Simone Slee, Head of Sculpture & Spatial Practice, Faculty of VCA and MCM, University of Melbourne and Jan Murray, Head of the School of Art, Faculty of VCA and MCM, University of Melbourne
Dr Colin Burvill, Design Discipline Leader in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Melbourne
Technical and resource-based support
Jamie O’Connell, Dr Tim Edwards, Mark Friedlander and other staff in the Faculty of VCA and MCM Teaching Workshop, University of MelbourneIan
Potter Museum of Art support
Jacqueline Doughty and Samantha Comte
Cultural Collisions: Grainger | Griffins is kindly supported by Kerry Gardner and the Australian Institute of Art History, Andrew Sisson, Norman and Meryll Wodetzki, AARnet and Lovell Chen
Cultural Collisions: Grainger / Griffins is present in association with the Melbourne Festival