Conflated

National Exhibition Register

  • Breathe In Breathe Out
    Christopher Langton Breathe In Breathe Out, 2021
    Medium
    PVC, silicone, polyurethane, hybrid polymer, thermoplastic polyester, pigment, fibreglass, acrylic, plywood, jacket, backpack, fake fur, air valves and air
    Dimensions
    Variable
    Image Credit
    Courtesy the artist and Tolarno Galleries

About the exhibition

When we inhale and exhale, our bodies transform through the process of inflation and deflation. Drawing on the inflatable form as both material and metaphor, Conflated brings disparate artists together to explore bodies, environments and cultures through contemporary art. Here, the cycle of breathing serves as a framework through which a wide array of experiences, behaviours and expressions are examined. 

The artists featured investigate the possibilities of the inflatable through participatory works that entice audiences into finding new forms of Covid-safe intimacy, audio that draws parallels between ASMR breath and the ecological destruction of glaciers melting, and video of convulsing bodies that morph with inflatables. Across all works, the idea of inflation and deflation are provoked to offer new possibilities forour contemporary world.  

Conflated presents a range of inflatable materials, from balloons to digital audio and video informed by inflatable processes.Positioning the inflatable as the medium of our times, the exhibition prompts us to explore the inherent plasticity and transformative potential of that which can be blown up. The works conflate synthetic forms with human vulnerabilities, the abject, uncanny, eco-anxiety, colonised land, and the breath.  

Conflated is a NETS Victoria touring exhibition, curated by Zoë Bastin and Claire Watson. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. 

Artists and Curator

Curator
Zoë Bastin and Claire Watson
Artists

Zoë Bastin, Andy Butler, David Cross, Bronwyn Hack, Amrita Hepi with Honey Long and Prue Stent, Christopher Langton, Eugenia Lim, James Nguyen and Steven Rhall. 

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/06/2022 - 31/08/2024
Exhibition size
Over 100 sq or running metres
Originating state
VIC
Organised by
NETS Victoria
Price
Contact to discuss
Accompanying materials available
Catalogue/Book, Digital Catalogue, Education Kit, Exhibition Tour Manual, Installation Support Available, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities, Signage
Primary contact
Erin Mathews
Position
Exhibition Coordinator
Organisation
NETS Victoria
Phone
86621511
E-mail
erin.mathews@netsvictoria.org
Secondary contact
Claire Watson
E-mail
claire.watson@netsvictoria.org
Acknowledgement
A NETS Victoria touring exhibition, curated by Zoë Bastin and Claire Watson.