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Identity Museum at Spectrum Project Space for KickstART Festival 2017

Monday, 03 April 2017

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Edith Cowan University (ECU) Alumni Lex Randolph invites the public to step inside ECU’s Spectrum Project Space (SPS) and examine a collection of artefacts from his ever-growing Identity Museum during a two-week artist residency at SPS. As part of his residency project he is also inviting visitors to create their own Identity Specimen—using a range of familiar and tactile materials presented inside a specimen jar. Each piece in the collection represents an aspect of the makers’ self, and encourages visitors to think critically about how physical bodies contribute to identity.

This residency at SPS comes after Randolph’s first solo exhibition at Paper Mountain, Human Becomings where he delved into new ways of creating and presenting autobiographical artworks, using mainly textiles, watercolours and ink illustrations. During his residency he would like to open this up for visitors to collaborate and explore their own identity using these techniques.

There will be a range of basic drawing and textile materials to use when people visit SPS, including hand-dyed fabrics, yarns and cotton thread, sewing machines, needles, scissors, and lots of jars to choose from. Those who participate can leave their creation in the space, as part of the museum collection until the closing night event, when they can celebrate the one night only exhibition and take their creation home at the end of the night.

Randolph says, “I hope the process of visiting the group collection, and making textile anatomy specimens will encourage people to think critically about the assumptions we make —individually and as a society—about our bodies, gender and identity. And perhaps consider ways that we can think about this in a different and more self- nurturing way”.

Identity Museum: a collection of ourselves takes place as part of the KickstART Festival 2017. The KickstART Festival is presented by Propel Youth Arts WA, the peak body for youth arts in Western Australia, in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities, and is the flagship event of National Youth Week in the Perth metropolitan area. KickstART is also supported by Lotterywest and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority

Event details

Identity Museum will be open to the public from Saturday, 8 April to Friday, 21 April at Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley Campus, Edith Cowan University.

Workshops

In these workshops facilitated by Lex Randolph you will create your own textile anatomy specimen to add to the growing Identity Museum collection.

Lex Randolph is fascinated by the intersection of body, gender, and identity, and creates tactile sculptures and quirky illustrations to document his own journey of gender transition.

Workshops will be run at Spectrum Project Space on the following dates:

  • Saturday, 8 April 2017, 2.00pm - 5.00pm (all ages)
  • Thursday, 13 April 2017, 10.00am - 1.00pm (for children 6-12)
  • Thursday, 13 April 2017, 2.00pm - 5.00pm (for ages 12-16)
  • Saturday, 15 April 2017, 2.00pm - 5.00pm (for ages 16 - 26)

Meet the Artist

The artist will be in residence and available to chat with visitors at Spectrum Project Space on the following dates:

  • Saturday, 8 April 2017, 12.00pm - 5.00pm
  • Monday, 10 April 2017, 10.00am - 5.00pm
  • Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 10.00am - 5.00pm
  • Thursday, 13 April 2017, 10.00am - 5.00pm
  • Saturday, 15 April 2017, 12.00pm - 5.00pm
  • Monday, 17 April 2017, 10.00am - 5.00pm
  • Thursday, 20 April 2017, 10.00am - 5.00pm
  • Friday, 21 April 2017, 1.30pm - 5.00pm

Closing event

To see your creation in the final collection of specimens, join us for the closing night party.
Date: Friday, 21 April 2017
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191
RSVP: Please confirm your attendance via email to spectrum@ecu.edu.au

Open hours

Monday to Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Saturdays 12.00pm - 5.00pm

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