12.30pm – 1.30pm Tuesday 26 April 2022
Susanna Castleden is a contemporary artist and academic whose work addresses questions around the psychological dimensions of human mobility.
Taking a very particular approach to printmaking, Castleden is known for creating large one-to-one scale rubbings of the equipment and infrastructure that enables our travel. In a time when travel has not been possible for most Western Australians, her most recent work ‘1:1 Wind Turbine’ reorientates her focus to the generation of renewable energy in the state. The work captures in life-size the rotating tip of a colossal wind turbine blade and brings it into a relatable human scale.
Throughout the creative process, art theorist Kit Messham-Muir interviewed the artist as the work developed. The Energaia exhibition at the John Curtin Gallery includes both Castleden’s large work ‘1:1 Wind Turbine’ and the video ‘Making 1:1 Wind Turbine’, a collaboration with Messham-Muir and the StudioCrasher project.
In this gallery talk, Susanna Castleden will discuss her ‘1:1 Wind Turbine’ in conversation with Kit Messham-Muir. She will discuss how her ideas for this project developed and the methods that emerged in dealing with the natural and human-made forces of a wind farm.
Associate Professor Susanna Castleden is Acting Dean of Research, Humanities. Professor Kit Messham-Muir is Professor of Art in the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry.
Video Stills from Susanna Castleden and Kit Messham-Muir, Making 1:1 Wind Turbine Blade, 2022. Single channel video [10:30]
John Curtin Gallery, Building 200A, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley WA 6102
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