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Datum | 23.05.2017, 18.00 h
Ort | Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Lehárgasse 8, 1060 Wien, 1. OG Atelier Süd

Organized by Marina Grzinic, Post Conceptual Study Program (IBK). The presentations are possible thanks to the Artists-in-Residence program of the Austrian Federal Chancellery and KulturKontakt Austria.


Gemma Anderson, Bilateral symmetry (Drawn from The Natural History Museum, London), copper etching and Japanese inks, 2014


Gemma Anderson (United Kingdom)

Title: Drawing as a way of knowing for art and science 

This talk presents drawing as a way of knowing for art and science through the development and dissemination of drawing practices that extend understanding of, and engagement with, the diversity of natural form. Led by drawing practice, the approach encompasses a set of experimental methods including interdisciplinary collaboration, museum collection study and workshop design, often within the context of scientific institutions like the Natural History Museum. This artistic research has contributed to the development of two interlinked bodies of artistic research (and two new terms and practices) ‘Isomorphology’: the observational study of the shared forms and symmetries of animal, mineral and vegetable species, and ‘Isomorphogenesis’: the systematic representation of dynamic form through drawing.

CV: Gemma Anderson studied Fine Art Printmaking at the Royal College of Art and Falmouth University. She has collaborated on a number of innovative art/science projects including ‘Hidden Geometries’ with the Mathematics Department at Imperial College London; ‘Isomorphology’ and the ‘Cornwall Morphology and Drawing Centre’ with the Natural History Museum, London; and ‘Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists’ (Wellcome Trust Arts Award 2009) in collaboration with psychiatrists and patients at Bethlem Royal Hospital. She completed a PhD in Arts at the University of the Arts London in 2015 and is currently a research fellow at the University of Exeter and associate Lecturer in Drawing at Falmouth University. Her book Drawing as a Way of Knowing in Art and Science (Intellect Press 2017) will be launched September 2017.

Zun Ei Phyu (Myanmar)

Title: Introduction to Myanmar and Myanmar contemporary art scene

Zun Ei Phyu will give an intro what is Myanmar contemporary arts and how Myanmar artists have to survive and learn for many perspectives of arts.

CV: Zun Ei Phyu is visual artist from Yangon, Myanmar. Since 2008 she works with installations, paper cutting transparent sheet painting and light projection (playing with shadows) and sometime as well with performance. She is a medical doctor working 2 days a week at Charity Clinic, practicing as well art. She has been in several art residencies, among others in Japan (Tokyo), Indonesia (Ubud on Bali) and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur). She took part in many international art exhibitions and festivals in Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc., exploring different culture and socio-economic conditions in different places. 

1 Zun Ei Phyu, Changed or Unchanged, public installation, 2017