THE MIND DINER

Brought to you by The OPERATIVE

March 8 - 26, 2017

Level 1, 82 Oxford Street, NSW 2010
Wednesday - Friday 11am - 5pm
Saturday 12pm - 4pm
Sunday - by appointment only


For four weeks, The Mind Diner will exist at Level 1, 82 Oxford Street. Nestled between such establishments as Tandoori Palace and Burgers Anonymous, up an unassuming flight of stairs. 

The Mind Diner is an exercise in agility. Temporary space and the temporary community it creates, opens up new avenues for art to enter the wider consciousness and to be accessed in an unusual environment. Additionally, these sorts of exercises, if done well, are able to be nimble and deft in nature. They require problem solving, but allow a playfulness, flexibility, and ability to surprise that a fixed location and space don't always allow.

The Mind Diner will house an exhibition of artworks that will inhabit the space in such a way as to encourage visitors to take their time, sit with the work and the subtle shifts in thought and concentration. In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be a public program consisting of workshops and artist talks designed to provide further insight into the creative process and an opportunity for the artists to engage in important critical dialogue with their peers and audience.

The Mind Diner is a tenant of the City of Sydney's Short Term Empty Properties Program


PUBLIC PROGRAM

WEDNESDAY MARCH 8
(6-8pm) FORMALLY YOURS | EXHIBITION LAUNCH IN CONJUNCTION WITH ART MONTH 2017
Details and booking link below

THURSDAY MARCH 16
(6.30-8.30pm) MUNDANE MATTERS ZERO WASTE MINDFULNESS WORKSHOP
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WEDNESDAY MARCH 22
(6-8pm) MATERIAL THINKING WITH KATE SCARDIFIELD
Details and booking link below

THURSDAY MARCH 23 
(6-8pm) STRONG LANGUAGE: 2-HOUR WRITING WORKSHOP WITH STELLA ROSA MCDONALD
Details and booking link below

SATURDAY MARCH 25 (2-4pm) FORMALLY YOURS, ARTIST TALK CHAIRED BY SEBASTIAN GOLDSPINK
All welcome - free of charge


FORMALLY YOURS | THE EXHIBITION

Formally Yours features new and recently made works by seven Australian artists who are engaged with notions of form through their art practice, across a diverse range of mediums, intervene and activate the space at different points throughout the exhibition.

Whilst in the first instance, the declaration Formally Yours acts as sincere affirmation, functioning as a declaration of commitment - in the second, the works in the exhibition question form across the entire cycle of physicality, from material choice and creative processes, to the exchange between the works and the environment in which they are placed.

Each artist enlists the distinctive limitations and opportunities presented to them by their technical and material decisions, and subsequently have redefined these materials in their work. Formally Yours seeks to surface and make visible, the space at the edges of form. Here in this space there is a critical instability. The boundary between viewer and object, perception and fact, friction and momentum. 

TULLY ARNOT, BONITA BUB, PHILIP HALL, SEAN O'CONNELL, KENZEE PATTERSON, KOJI RYUI, MARILYN SCHNEIDER

Kenzee Patterson appears courtesy of Darren Knight Gallery
Koji Ryui appears courtesy of Sarah Cottier Gallery



MUNDANE MATTERS: ZERO WASTE MINDFULNESS WORKSHOP
An evening to nurture your mind and re-connect with nature. 

Thursday March 16 - 6.30pm-8.30pm

This zero-waste creative workshop aims at creating an accessible, equal and thought-provoking creative experience to nurtures our mind, senses and connection with nature. Hosted by environmental artist Danling Xiao, this workshop will explore your creative thinking and expand your knowledge about sustainable living. All artworks can be eaten and scraps will go to compost. 12 seats only.

Ticket prices: Early bird $60 First release $66 (Maximum 12 people)

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MATERIAL THINKING WITH KATE SCARDIFIELD

Wednesday March 22 - 6pm-8pm

Material Thinking is a practical and hands-on texiles workshop with a focus on experimentation as opposed to outcome. Participants will be encouraged to play with a variety of textile materials and techniques and speculate in terms of composition and form. Explore different approaches to appliqué, stitch and soft sculpture. If you have any fabrics or materials you’d like to work with, bring these along! Basic materials will also be supplied. 

Kate Scardifield is a visual artist with an interdisciplinary and experimental studio practice that is research driven. Traversing textiles, sculpture, installation, video and sound, her work has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout Australia and in recent exhibitions in New Zealand, the U.K and the United States. She has developed programs and artist workshops for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation and Port Macquarie Regional Gallery. She is a Lecturer in Textiles at UNSW Art & Design and is currently teaching in Interdisciplinary Design, Fashion & Textiles at UTS.

Ticket prices: $20 (Maximum 15 people) 

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Soft topology 2016 Kate Scardifield Hand pleated and heat-set polyester organza Dimensions variable (adaptable form) Photo: Robin Hearfield Courtesy the artist and ALASKA Projects


STRONG LANGUAGE WITH STELLA ROSA MCDONALD

Thursday March 23 - 6-8pm 

Who’s it for? Emerging writers and artists who are looking to expand their writing craft or bust out of a rut in their writing - or those who are interested in the potential of language in their artistic practice. Participating writers and artists are invited to send through one current work they would like to workshop in advance of the class. 

During the two-hour workshop, participants will be introduced to a range of writers and texts that challenge genre, convention and sense and inspire experimentation with the form. The second half of the workshop will be dedicated to a critical analysis of your own work and useful exercises to strengthen your craft. 

STRONG LANGUAGE explores the relationship between language and the image and is guaranteed to challenge and encourage you to begin work or to help you carry on with a current 'writing' project. 

Stella Rosa McDonald is an independent writer and artist with an MA in Fine Arts from the University of New South Wales. She is the former Associate Gallery Manager of Minerva, Sydney, where she facilitated a range of exhibition and publishing projects with leading Australian and international artists, writers and curators. Stella publishes regularly on contemporary art and has contributed texts to numerous exhibition catalogues, magazines and artists’ projects. She has a particular interest in interdisciplinary projects spanning writing and the visual arts. She has contributed critical writing, fiction and poetry to a variety of publications including Vitamin P3, New Perspectives in Painting (Phaidon), Overland Literary Journal, Ocula Magazine, The Art Life and Art & amongst others.

Image: Wittgenstein's Duck Rabbit Illusion

Ticket prices: $20 (Maximum 10 people)

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