Can a slide be art?

Our ‘experience’ is the primary ‘material’ Carsten Höller manipulates as an artist. He aims to alter how we perceive the world and spark the senses in new ways. Inspired by his work as a biologist, Höller uses the museum to make scientific and philosophical experiments that reshape our expectations about art and produce unexpected outcomes.…

A beautiful hesitation

In 2001, Fiona Pardington began a body of work examining collections of cultural objects in New Zealand’s museums. Through the process of studying, selecting, assembling and then photographing – shells, birds and hei tiki (personal ornaments) – Pardington engages with the complex interplay of culture, science and history, while also questioning the ethics of museum…

Noon-nom: a sense of nestling

In her installation Noon-nom 2016 Pinaree Sanpitak brings the bodily form together with the spiritual. While the artist’s practice has always evoked the human body, it was not until her son was born that she began focusing on the breast as a sacred and nurturing form. The similarities between the shape of a woman’s breast…

Minute beauty celebrated

Observing contemporary politics and social issues, eX de Medici’s practice since the 1970s has included media as diverse as sound performance, installation, painting and photography. In the 1990s, de Medici also achieved national renown as a professional tattooist of exquisite skill and sensitivity. De Medici’s large watercolours celebrate the minute beauty of living creatures. But they…

Watch everyday materials transformed into a large-scale sculpture

In Future Remnant, Australian artists Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro transform everyday materials into an extraordinary, large-scale sculpture. In a deliberately absurd juxtaposition, a large dinosaur skeleton, meticulously constructed, climbs over makeshift Ikea storage furniture — the ubiquitous kind that appears in many households and magically reappears on the street whenever the city council collects…