'In Plain Sight' is a public art project by Katy Mutton which was created to be part of Contour 556, a Canberra based Arts Festival which ran during October 2016. The work transformed a vintage electric cruise boat into a 'dazzle' inspired year-long moving artwork. The boat is currently operating on Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra until mid 2017. The boat regularly runs tours and cruises can be booked via LBG Cruises website.
The MV Gull is a small cruise boat which ordinarily operates a regular schedule of tours through most of the year. Through this work it has been transformed into an accessible artwork. The creation of the piece explores ideas around stealth and surveillance. Using bright, bold mixed pattern the vessel invites attention while simultaneously interfering with the viewers perception of its form and detail. The location of Contour 556 is significant in relation to the work. While the boat travels across the lake the artwork is flanked by Canberra's major military and surveillance hubs and is in close proximity to military hardware suppliers. Cruise pasengers can catch glimpses of the new relatively new ASIO building, the ADSD and other Defence agencies, as well as Parliament House. 'In Plain Sight' reflects back from the lake, as a moving surveillance hub. While the passenger cabin is always obscured by pattern, the view from within is maintained. - Katy Mutton 2016.
Rise of the Machines was a body of work by Katy Mutton exploring the evolution of air warfare. With these pieces she transitioned from the romanticism of early combat planes to the idolatrous place of drones in modern warfare.
Over the last decade particularly there has been a proliferation of UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle/drone) deployment across the globe with seemingly little accountability. With increasing numbers of drones traversing our skies whether for surveillance or targeted strikes we have entered a new warfare zone.
Katy established the Post-War Project in 2014 combining research and art-making based largely around the Australian Soldier Settlement scheme which was established as an initiative of the Commonwealth and State Governments, to assist in the repatriation of servicemen returning from the First World War. The works so far consist of large ink drawings inspired by mapping and utilise coding techniques to represent the data gained from her research.
With generous curatorial support from cultural institutions such as the National Library of Australia and The Australian War Memorial the project research is set to continue through to 2017.
For information and progress updates please follow on Twitter @postwarproject or via the facebook page or visit the full project website postwarproject.com. The first public showing of the creative outcomes of Katy's research was held in April 2015, Post-War: Thousand Mile Stare exhibition held at ANCA Gallery, Dickson ACT. The catalogue essay from the show by Jessica Oliver can be found here. Opening night was fantastic with a fabulous performance by spoken word poet CJ Bowerbird and you can view some wonderful images of the night at Life in Canberra.
The second exhibition was held at the Art Vault, in Mildura Victoria.
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