Join artist Dr Kate Scardifield and Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (MAAS) curator Dr Andrew Jacob as they discuss celestial mapping and navigation, alternative modes of cartography and stargazing. As curator and artist reveal their distinct approaches to their work with the MAAS collection, gain insight into the ways in which the collection becomes activated through research and interpretation. Convened by Contemporary Curator (MAAS), Katie Dyer.
As a 2017 Research Fellow at MAAS, Scardifield has been staging investigations into 19th century astronomical artefacts. Led by Dr Andrew Jacob, these investigations have centred around MAAS’ collection of some of the most historically significant scientific instruments in Australia. Kate Scardifield’s interdisciplinary practice can be likened to a process of anatomical enquiry; mining history for intersecting systems and patterns that culminate in re-imaginings of the body, site and space. Her solo exhibition Soft Topologies at UTS Gallery, explores points of convergence between mapping the body and the practice of charting atmospheric space.
Dr Andrew Jacob is a MAAS curator with particular expertise in optical and observational astronomy. His research interests include everything astronomical and astrophysical and their related histories. He has a particular interest in Australian astronomical history including the role of Sydney Observatory. Future work will focus on the Observatory’s exhibition to incorporate the history of Australian radio astronomy and the contributions of amateur astronomers.
Visit Kate Scardifield’s solo exhibition Soft Topologies at UTS Gallery until 20 April.