Feedback Projected (Proposals Towards an Exhibition)

Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to present a major international exhibition of collaborative and performative works that explore the notion of feedback. Curated by Helen Grogan Feedback Projected (Proposals Towards an Exhibition) presents the practices of six European artists working with sound and installation forms in collaborative and responsive ways.

Art Exhibition previously on at Gertrude Contemporary in Victoria, Australia.
From Friday 29 April 2011 to Sunday 05 June 2011
Launch Friday 29 April 2011, 6-8pm

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The five-week project adopts the exhibition format as a frame and departure point for a series of installations, performances and discussions that will overlap in time and place at Gertrude Contemporary and at Dear Patti Smith Art Space on Smith St, Fitzroy.

The exhibition adopts the idea of feedback employing live processes to investigate the relationships between the artist, artwork, exhibition context and the viewer. In the simplest sense, Feedback is defined as both the process in which part of the output of a system is returned to its input, and also a response to an inquiry or experiment, and in this exhibition both perspectives will be fully explored.

In André Avelãs (PT/NL) live installation work, Earphones, for example, he presents five hundred sets of earphones that are rigged to create a field of sound generated through the feedback between earphones that have been configured as speakers and as microphones.

The concept of ‘feedback’ will be present in every work in Feedback Projected (Proposals Towards an Exhibition), whether it is technical, physical or communicative. In The Input / Output Routine (an arrangement of microphones, amplifiers, and loudspeakers) by Koen Nutters and Morten J. Olsen, they create an environment of potentiality, whereby a PA system – with amps and microphones – such as that which would be traditionally used by a rock band is set up in the gallery space and yet remains void of players. The absence of anticipated performers leaves the visually iconic amplification system as the sole protagonist, generating a feedback system that absorbs the sounds of the gallery and articulates the presence of the gallery’s visitors.

This investigation of the broader implications of feedback will extend out beyond the traditional exhibition format with artists talks and an active facilitation of dialogue between the artists and Gertrude’s audiences. The exhibition will also encompass a series of performances and off-site events by leading European artists such as MoHa!, allowing for a comprehensive exploration of all facets of the idea of feedback.


Friday 29 April
6:00pm – 8:30pm: Opening at Gertrude Contemporary
The Input / Output Routine (a arrangement of microphones, amplifiers, and loudspeakers) by Koen Nutters and Morten J. Olsen

8:30 SHARP: MoHa! Performance at Dear Patti Smith (+ drinks until 10pm). The Patterson Building, L2, 181 Smith St, Fitzroy.

Wednesday 4/5/11:
9pm: The Pitch (Boris Baltschun, Koen Nutters, Morten J. Olsen, Michael Thieke in collaboration with Australian artists.)
Venue: Gertrude Contemporary

Thursday 5/5/11:
Main Gallery, gallery opening hours: Earphones by André Avelãs is installed in the gallery
Venue: Gertrude Contemporary

7pm: Public Forum including artists, guests, curator and audience
Venue: Gertrude Contemporary

Tuesday 17/5/11 – 5/6/11
Special Project(s) to be developed in situ by André Avelãs in response to the project’s curatorial concept and approach with a focus on his experience with the exhibition as it has taken place and the artists, curator, audience and institutions participating.
Venue: Gertrude Contemporary