APT6 Performance

February 23, 2010

DAMP performance at APT6 on 6 December 2009

Welcome to the plinth cubby!

December 17, 2009

DAMP is a collective with 12 current members: Dan Cass, Rob Creedon, Narelle Desmond, Sam George, Sharon Goodwin, Ry Haskings, Deb Kunda, James Lynch, Dan Moynihan, Lisa Radford, Nat Thomas and Kylie Wilkinson. Membership has been fluid over the years, with an alumnus numbering over 70, though not all members identify themselves as artists. DAMP’s performances, actions and installations explore the potential of working collaboratively. Frequently irreverent and occasionally anarchic, DAMP’s projects are always imbued with a sense of fun. Many invite audience participation and this often involves either temporary inclusion within the collective or its diffusion into the audience, deliberately confusing the two. DAMP does not have a particular identity beyond being simply a group, and is consequently open to change and external influence. The collective’s work remains cohesive, however, and continues to manifest playful engagement with the complex relationships between contemporary art and its audience.

Untitled 2009 is an enlarged version of a work that DAMP first presented in Melbourne in 2007. This giant plinth is crowned with a circle of chairs to make a meeting place where a monument to an individual would conventionally sit. For the duration of the exhibition DAMP has invited local groups of various kinds to hold meetings here, which can be observed through a skylight from the cubbyhouse inside the structure.

Exhibitions (solo): Uplands Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, 2007; Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, Australia, 2001; 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne, Australia, 1999. Exhibitions (group): ‘I Thought I Knew But I Was Wrong: New Video Art from Australia’, touring to Bangkok, Beijing, and Seoul, 2004; ‘2004: Australian Culture Now’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, 2004; ‘Charley’, PS1, New York, United States, 2002; ‘Octopus 2’, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne, Australia 2001.