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"2002 Adelaide Biennial - conVerge: where art and science meet"
2002-03-01 until 2002-04-28
Art Gallery of South Australia
Australia's most important survey of contemporary Australian art opens Friday 1 March at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Known as the Adelaide Biennial it is always an important focus for the discovery, interpretation and promotion of contemporary Australian art. This year's event is called conVerge: where art and science meet and promises to provide visitors stimulating encounters with current art practice that hovers somewhere in the zone between art and science.
Each of the artists in the exhibition are actively engaged with scientific research at the beginning of the 21st century. The exhibition explores some of the fundamental issues facing modern Australia, through creative encounters with diverse systems of knowledge such as ecology, physical sciences, biotechnologies, Indigenous knowledge, information technology and cognitive sciences.
Director of the Gallery, Ron Radford says, Art and science have from time to time been intertwined but are often regarded as being in opposition. In this exhibition, we see how the new realms of science affect and inform art and artists.
Converge also resonates deeply with our other major Festival exhibition, The Encounter, 1802: Art of the Flinders and Baudin Voyages which celebrates the works of the artists who accompanied these two great explorers and their scientists to the unknown southern coast of Australia. How different was the moral certainty of heroic discovery and progress two hundred years ago!
The featured artists are Fiona Hall, Nigel Helyer, Patricia Piccinnini, Justine Cooper, Rebecca Cummings, Jason Davidson, Mangkaja artists, Adam Donovan, Joyce Hinterding, Ionat Zurr and Oron Catts, Martin Walch, Lynne Sanderson, Jon McCormack and Mari Velonaki.