previews

  • Nicholas Mangan, Nauru, Notes from a Cretaceous World, 2010, HD video, color, sound, 14 minutes 50 seconds.

    “Nicholas Mangan: Limits to Growth”

    Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA
    Monash University, 900 Dandenong Rd, Caulfield East Ground Floor, Building F
    July 20 - September 10

    Curated by Charlotte Day, Aileen Burns, and Johan Lundh

    Nicholas Mangan is concerned with the inevitability of the limit—with that necessary, inexorable terminal point as it pertains to the growth of value and prosperity and to our fraught relationship with the natural environment. This exhibition, produced with the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, features five pieces, including the video installation Nauru, Notes from a Cretaceous World, 2010, which tracks the complex sociopolitical history of the eponymous Pacific atoll nation by examining the depletion there of natural resources such as phosphate rock; and Ancient Lights, 2015, an installation of two films that is powered by the sun. A new commission will continue the Melbourne-based artist’s interest in mining (for material, for information) and Pacific Island histories, with a focus on ancient Micronesian rai stone money and the virtual currency Bitcoin. The show will be accompanied by a catalogue with contributions from scholars Ana Teixeira Pinto and Helen Hughes and the Barcelona-based curatorial collective Latitudes. Travels to the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Oct. 29–Dec. 18.