6 March – 19 June, 2021 Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG)
Examining imagery alluding to the built environment, HABITAT: Ways of living features works by artists from Canberra and around Australia.
This exhibition reveals ways of living in a variety of environments – from high-rise, high-end apartments, to suburban subdivisions and locations where inhabitants have endured the collapse of their communities. These contemporary artists reveal how the built environment responds to, and is influenced by circumstance. The exhibition tells individual stories of the resilience and imagination of the human spirit.
The featured artists in HABITAT: Ways of living include: Alex Asch, Burchill/McCamley, Miriam Charlie, Sean Davey, David Flanagan, Michal Glikson, Tina Havelock Stevens, Katie Hayne, Mikhaila Jurkiewicz, Waratah Lahy, Hardy Lohse, Catherine O’Donnell, David Paterson, Alan Patterson, Patrice Riboust, Natalie Rosin, Khaled Sabsabi, James Tylor (Possum).
ESSAY by curator Daniel Mudie Cunningham
Ghost Class Series (2015)
Ghost Class, (still) Tina Havelock Stevens
ROOM SHEET ESSAY
ARTIST LED AUDIO TOUR
Tina Havelock Stevens’ works encourage an experience of the world that is attuned to emotional responses, to the rhythm and movement of structures and environments that we inhabit and traverse. She brings together her energy and drive as a drummer and performer with the inquiry and observation of her experience as a documentary film-maker. Present in her works is an innate aural and visual intuition. They offer the experience of suspended time, gauging the cerebral temperature and tempo of passing moments.
“I love things that travel and soar. I love quiet and loud. Fast and slow. I love minor chords, intuitive surprises and whatever that equivalent is in all of my visual work too. I like that an audience can share an experience but have multiple perspectives.” – Tina Havelock Stevens
• ‘HOLUS BOLUS’, 2020, Gold neon, 152 cm x 20 cm, 1/5 + 2AP. Photos by Bo Wong.
• ‘Ghost Class’, 2015 , HD video with sound, 10:59.
• ‘THUNDERHEAD’, 2016, HD Video with sound by Tina Havelock Stevens and Liberty Kerr, Infinite loop.
• ‘Let’s Groove’, 2017, HD video with sound, 8:50.
• Come Together, Right Now, 2006/2018, Digitised super 8 film with sound, 4:59.
In Double Double, dance artists Jo Lloyd and Deanne Butterworth are joined by interdisciplinary artists (on drumkits) Evelyn Ida Morris and Tina Havelock Stevens in an epic meeting of four performers where spontaneous compositions and formations emerge out of a physical and sonic mania. Over the course of two hours, the performers lap through time and space as their personas merge, separate and collide. Motion and noise slap against each other as tension escalates, making for a riveting sensory experience.
Havelock Stevens is one of the more exciting contemporary artists working today, with an astute pulse on the collective psyche, but also great humanity that explores collective empathy, shared vulnerabilities and a search for belonging –
Gina Fairley, Artshub 2020