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Friday 24 November, 1 - 2pm & 5 - 6pm

Geoff Cobham (SA) and Chris Petridis (SA)

Immerse yourself in the light and sound installation Already Elsewhere, while hearing from artist Geoff Cobham and his collaborator Chris Petridis.


Thursday 26 October, 1 - 2pm

Lisa Slade (SA) and Erica Green (SA)

A conversation around the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art with Lisa Slade, Assistant Director, Artistic Programs, Art Gallery of South Australia and Erica Green, Director, Samstag Museum of Art and Curator, 2018 Adelaide Biennial: Divided Worlds.


Exhibition Launch

Thursday 21 September, 5 - 7pm

After Utopia: Revisiting the Ideal in Asian Contemporary Art 

Geoff Cobham: Already Elsewhere

Hosted by Erica Green, Director, Samstag Museum of Art, and Tan Siuli, Co-Head, Curatorial, Singapore Art Museum


Friday 22 September, 1 - 2pm

Tan Siuli (Singapore)

Floortalk with Tan Siuli, Co-Curator After Utopia: Revisiting the Ideal in Asian Contemporary Art and Curatorial Co-Head, Singapore Art Museum.


Tuesday 22 August, 1.30 - 2.30pm

Trent Parke (SA) and Narelle Autio (SA) with 
Matthew Bate (SA), hosted by Philippa Hawker (VIC)

The Summation of Force panel discussion with artists Trent Parke and Narelle Autio with Matthew Bate, Director, Closer Productions and hosted by Philippa Hawker, film writer, The Australian.


Tuesday 15 August, 1.30 - 2.30pm

Michelle Nikou (SA) with Kendrah Morgan (VIC)

Artist Michelle Nikou in conversation with Kendrah Morgan, 
Co-curator, Michelle Nikou: a e i o u and Curator, Heide Museum of Modern Art.


Tuesday 8 August, 1.30 - 2.30pm

Nike Savvas (NSW)

Sydney-based artist Nike Savvas on her optically dazzling, installation based art practice.


Exhibition Launch

Thursday 29 June, 5 - 7pm

Trent Parke and Narelle Autio: The Summation of Force 

Michelle Nikou: a e i o u

Opened by Erica Green, Director, Samstag Museum of Art


Tuesday 6 June, 1 - 2pm

Alaina Claire Feldman (NYC) in conversation with Gillian Brown (SA)

Speaking from New York via Skype, Alaina Claire Feldman, Curator, The Ocean After Nature and Director of Exhibitions, iCI (Independent Curators International) and Gillian Brown, Curator, Samstag Museum of Art discuss the power of narrative and document in environmentally engaged art.


Tuesday 30 May, 1 -2pm

Nici Cumpston (SA)

As part of the Samstag Museum of Art's recognition of Reconciliation Week, artist Nici Cumpston speaks on her artistic practice and the personal and historical stories behind her work in Troubled Waters.


Tuesday 23 May, 1 - 2pm

Georgia Wallace-Crabbe (NSW)

Australian film producer and director, Georgia Wallace-Crabbe on her practice and video installation The Earth and the Elements, as seen in Troubled Waters


Tuesday 9 May, 1 - 2pm

Richard Kingsford (NSW)

Environmental scientist and Troubled Waters collaborator, Professor Richard Kingsford (NSW) joins us to discuss the long-lasting impact of damming, pollution and climate change and the process of working with artists to present these dilemmas through art. 


Tuesday 2 May, 1 - 2pm

Emma Crimmings (VIC)

Assistant Director, Artbank, Emma Crimmings discusses Artbank’s programs, policies and collection, as well as the nature of different public and private collections and collecting principles. 


Thurday 27 April, 5 - 7pm

Felicity Fenner (NSW)

Floor talk with Troubled Waters Curator, Dr. Felicity Fenner, Director, UNSW Galleries.


Thursday 2 March, 9 - 10.30am 

Food: A Social and Cultural Practice with James Tylor (SA)

James Tylor is an Aboriginal – Maori – Anglo photomedia artist. James’ artistic practice examines concepts around cultural identity in Australian contemporary society and social history. He explores Australian cultural representations through his multi-cultural heritage, which comprises Nunga (Kaurna), Māori (Te Arawa) and European (English, Scottish, Irish, Dutch, Iberian and Norwegian) Australian ancestry. James’ work focuses largely on the 19th century history of Australia and its continual effect on present day issues surrounding cultural identity in Australia.


Thursday 2 March, 11am - 12.15pm

CONVERSATION | Socially Engaged Art Practice

Countercurrents curator Gillian Brown in conversation with artists Alex Seton (NSW), Angela Tiatia (NSW) and James Tylor (SA)

There is growing interest in a socially engaged art practice as more artists focus their work on making an impact on social issues, and perhaps a desire to move beyond existing definitions of both art and the political.


Thursday 2 March, 1 - 2pm

Alex Seton (NSW) in conversation with Gillian Brown (SA)

The practice of Countercurrents artist Alex Seton incorporates photography, video, sculpture and installation to investigate the complex relationship between form and substance. He is best known for his beguiling marble carving, applying his refined craftsmanship to unexpected forms. Blankets, hoodies, inflatables and national flags are rendered in stone, invoking a somatic paradox. By infusing the rich heritage of Classical statuary with contemporary concerns, Seton gives weight to the issues we face here and now.


Thursday 2 March, 2.15 - 3.30pm

Group Rituals with Angela Tiatia (NSW)

Social practice through synchronisation and repetition. Angela Tiatia performs a Sāmoan ‘ava (kava) ceremony which is held at important gatherings followed by experimentation with sound using simple actions as vehicles for individual and collective focus through Sāmoan body percussion techniques.

As a multimedia artist, Angela Tiatia explores contemporary culture, drawing attention to its relationship to representation, gender, neo-colonialism and the commodification of the body and place. As a multimedia artist, Tiatia explores contemporary culture, drawing attention to its relationship to representation, gender, neo-colonialism and the commodification of the body and place. Her work has been exhibited in Cologne, Singapore, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Mexico City, Honolulu, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and Wellington.


Exhibition Launch

Thursday 2 March, 5 - 7pm


The Ocean After Nature

Opened by Erica Green, Director, Samstag Museum of Art