Designing regions

Vic McEwan, Shadow Places, multimedia art installation (work in progress), 2016. Image courtesy of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.

Vic McEwan, Shadow Places, multimedia art installation (work in progress), 2016. Image courtesy of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.

Regional NSW creative practitioners and communities collaborate for Sydney Design Festival 2016.

Vic McEwan, Artistic Director of The Cad Factory and the NSW 2014 Regional Arts Fellow has joined forces with contemporary textiles artist Nicole Barakat to work with the Narrandera Textiles Group and community in the production of a multimedia art installation.

A number of community meetings and textiles workshops will be undertaken on site, culminating in the production of Shadow Places.

The artwork will tease out the impact of design in a rural and agricultural context and make salient what design suggests to regional communities, through contemporary and historic images, some of which have been sourced from the National Museum of Australia (NMA) and Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences’ (MAAS) collections.

The artwork will invite audiences to rethink how they perceive design originating in a regional setting.

Through video footage Vic McEwan will document local farmer’s drawings of imagined or created tools and inventions: implements that can aide large scale farming but have less consequence on the land in terms of climate change.

Vic McEwan, Shadow Places, multimedia art installation (work in progress), 2016. Image courtesy of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.

Vic McEwan, Shadow Places, multimedia art installation (work in progress), 2016. Image courtesy of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.

Shadow Places is an installation that combines ecological and agricultural thinking, video projection, sound and textiles and focuses on the interconnectedness of rural and urban places and people.

The work proposes that rural landscapes are forgotten places, despite people being intimately tied to them through food and fibre production, ecology and materials.

Commissioned by MAAS, Shadow Places will feature in the Turbine Hall at the Powerhouse Museum as part of the Sydney Design Festival 2016.

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Published: 12 May 2016