KINGS Artist-Run


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69 Capel Street, West Melbourne VIC 3003

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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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KINGS Artist-Run acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.

Making Sense

Claudia Gleave
Megan Kennedy

09 February 2018–03 March 2018

Making Sense is an exhibition that contemplates the nature of human knowledge, the insufficiency of language, and how the break down of logic serves to generate new content. The work takes as a starting point the short story The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges, which depicts a universal realm in the form of a library containing an endless series of books, each with an entirely random configuration of letters. The premise is that this library, in its infinite size, contains the correct character combinations to match every book that has ever been written along with predictions of the future and a detailed recount of the past. Combining interests in both installation and screen-based practice, Megan and Claudia will seek to construct an automated system of random character generation using the 26 letters of the modern English Alphabet. Using a random number generator seeded from the noise of an analog circuit pin, this system uses quantum randomness to produce a potentially infinite combination of letters: just like the The Library of Babel, it strives towards a state of universal meaning.

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  • Claudia Gleave is a Melbourne based artist whose practice spans video, performance, photography and text-based works. Her work questions personal and societal boundaries and constructs, often revealing the nature and limits of human knowledge and structures of logic. She also seeks to reconcile with the incongruous, paradoxical and contingent nature of the self and morality often employing the subversive and reflexive potential of a comic and tragic sensibility. Claudia has a BFA (Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts and has exhibited in solo and group shows nationally.
  • Megan Kennedy is a recent graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts BFA Honours program. Seeking intersections between art and the everyday, she uses commonplace and manufactured materials to set up kinetic or action-based installations. These may unfold live as performative events, or circulate through video iterations of the former. Her projects derive from a curiosity about the physical exchanges that occur between things, and an openness to experimentation and play.