Artist Talk and Panel Discussion: Group Therapy, Sydney

The Sydney leg of the Group Therapy exhibition opens Wednesday 20th September as part of The Big Anxiety Festival. To mark the opening of the show we are welcoming Mike Stubbs director of FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Dutch artist Jennifer Kanary Nikolov(a) and Berlin based Australian artist Lauren Moffatt to talk about their work in the gallery. Please feel welcome to come along.

Panel discussion with Mike Stubbs Director at FACT, UK, Lauren Moffatt, Berlin based Australian artist and Group Therapy curator Vanessa Bartlett
Chaired by Bec Dean
Thursday 21st September 1pm
UNSW Galleries
This panel will discuss the research processes that informed the making of Group Therapy: Mental Distress in a Digital Age during its consecutive showings in Liverpool, UK and Sydney, Australia.

Mike Stubbs director of FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) the UK’s leading media arts centre will discuss FACT’s mental health programmes and how its ongoing work in this area created the impetus to develop Group Therapy. Curator Vanessa Bartlett will explain how her research work with audiences has informed the development of the second version. Berlin based Australian artist Lauren Moffatt will discuss her work Not Eye and reflect on her experiences as a UNSW Art & Design graduate working internationally.

Labyrinth Psychotica artist talk with Jennifer Kanary Nikolov(a)
Friday 22nd September 12pm
Labyrinth Psychotica is an interactive augmented reality cinema walk that functions as a do-it-yourself-psychosis-kit. Described by the artist as a metaphor for losing and finding oneself, and for how beautiful yet terrifying the experience can be. Labyrinth Psychotica allows the viewer to experience, in a creative and engaged manner, how psychosis blends realities and perceptions.

Jennifer will talk about her experiences of sharing the project in over 20 countries, often as a training tool for health professionals.

Supported by the Mondriaan Foundation
Hosted by the Consul-General of the Netherlands, Mr Willem Nicolaas COSIJN

Featured image: Still from Not Eye, 2013 by Lauren Moffatt

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