Thursday, April 11 2013, 7 to 9 pm
An evening of conversation at 1335MABINI on April 11, 2013 with Australian artists TV Moore and David Griggs, with Filipino artist Yason Banal as moderator.
Starting with the two artists’ early friendship as students from the Sydney College of the Arts at the University of Sydney in Australia, the talk moved towards both of their careers as multidisciplinary artists outside of their country. TV Moore eventually moved to the United States, earning his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, proceeding forward to New York where he is now based. David Griggs received his MFA from the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales, travelled extensively in Europe and Asia, and finally establishing his practice in Manila. As cultural nomads both artists talked about the differences in educational approach, as well as artistic attitudes, which exist distinctly from place to place, and adding to the development of a critical awareness that has become a necessary condition for their artistic production. The discussion revolved around video practice as a media that lends itself to the culture of entertainment, social narrative, and technological breakthroughs. But also, thinking reflexively that technology coincides with the demands of the market for the new. Henceforth as a counter-critique, the works of TV Moore and David Griggs turns into a tactic of time and contemplation in contrast to the culture of speed and information overload. The talk explored the nuances of their exhibition at Zn gallery, entitled "Slug Gun Drug Machine" which using narrative vignettes that are composed of historical and pop cultural symbols spoke of transcendental experience through technology.