How can art and science be used to imagine a shared future?

Patricia Piccinini Writing Competition How can art and science be used to imagine a shared future? Ask the kids. They know how to do it. Get them early, before they’re taught that science and art are in conflict. That’s wrong. Art and science are united by creativity. In art, it’s obvious where people use their…

Story of a Maker

Patricia Piccinini Writing Competition I thought I was too old to go through all the trouble. I didn’t really believe that changes would affect me anyway. At that age, with that and skin, it is not all that easy to grow different over night. It so happened that I was developing a drinking habit for…

Mary Shelley and Patricia Piccinini’s kinship with the monstrous

We consider the legacy of Mary Shelley’s masterwork and the ‘monster’ in literature, art, and popular culture, as we reveal how art and literature help us to explore our fascination with scientific intervention and nature. How real are these imaginary beings and worlds, and why are these creations brought into existence – either through Shelley’s…

What’s so special about being young, anyway?

Hahan’s painting Letters to the Great Saatchi confronts us with a mound of art-world caricatures. An unsightly pile of collectors, curators and critics desperately clamber over one another, their eyes scored and blinded with ambition. Spray-paint vomit and slime ooze forth from the human mountain. Yet one figure has clambered to the top, waving a…

How did we install Patricia Piccinini’s inflatable ‘Pneutopia’?

Patricia Piccinini loves the way an exhibition can change the space it occupies, that a gallery can be transformed by the work it contains. By introducing Pneutopia 2018, a giant inflatable blooming from the roof of a garden shed, she has completely disrupted the sight lines of the Gallery of Modern Art’s (GOMA) long gallery during…

‘We Can Be Heroes’ explores how we can empower ourselves

Tony Albert, one of the most exciting young Indigenous Australian artists working today, presents his interactive exhibition ‘We Can Be Heroes’ at the Children’s Art Centre, GOMA. Starring the children of Warakurna – an Aboriginal community in Western Australia, near the border shared with the Northern Territory – he explores how we can empower ourselves by…