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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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Living in a mirrored sphere

Anatol Pitt
Ariane Jaccarini
Joseph Flynn
Mia Middleton

28 September 2019–19 October 2019

There is a moment when the future projections of space age sci-fi (the NASA-Hollywood kind) lost their edge, when the present seemed to level with the future fantasies of a by-gone era. And despite the lingering, self-fulfilled narratives supplied by film and tv — megalopoli run by AI and responsive technology — that have become a reality of the present, in artistic spaces, at least, we tend to find it difficult to come to grips with this ‘extreme present’.

The artists in Living in a mirrored sphere each create some-kind of personal interpretation of an accelerated present where ‘the environments that we inhabit are, more than ever before, being devised on software that can generate the formal features of the “real world”’. Working from a position deeply embedded within this ‘New Aesthetic’ these artists seem to ask: how do we interpolate the physical present — architecture, interface and objects — with our psyche, when the virtual and real entangle to the point of becoming indiscernible?

Ariane Jaccarini, Anatol Pitt, Mia Middleton and Joseph Flynn all present work that explores the physical and psychological effects of this entanglement through various imaging processes, speculative realities and synthetic considerations of the body and design. Living in a mirrored sphere draws these artists together to think through the lineages and impacts of virtual space and to consider the way contemporary artists are interpreting this speculative present.


Arianne Jaccarini, The Room of Eyes.

Mia Middleton, Gorgon, 2018, plastic, stones, fabric, foam, nylon, apoxie sculpt, carpet underlay, insulation, faux fur, mask

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  • Anatol Pitt is an artist, writer and arts-worker based in Naarm/Melbourne. He works primarily with photography, video and drawing to think through relationships between perception, landscape, technology and narratives of selfhood. Anatol holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Anthropology from the University of Melbourne, where he also completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drawing and Printmedia).
  • Ariane Jaccarini (b.1994) is a Melbourne-based visual artist. She completed her Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing) at the University of Adelaide (2016), her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) at the Victorian College of the Arts (2018), and will be completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2019. She completed an English Language and Literature Program at Beijing Foreign Studies University in Beijing, China (2015).
  • Joseph Flynn's work primarily deals with the advent of technology and how the mechanisms of society deal with it. We area all sharing and loving things on social media platforms, but not commonly IRL. This begs the question: what happens next? After the environmental disaster, financial crisis, nuclear meltdown and social disfunction we will be left with the waste products of our society. USB and network cables, plastic data wastelands with no way to find food or shelter without Google and/or the smartphone; "The wrong Amazon is burning". An exhibiting artist since 2009, Joseph Flynn has studied a Master of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne and continues to exhibit his practice around the world and Australia. Born 1989, living and working in Melbourne. Flynn works in installation, painting, new media, 3d printing and video animation, drawing and sculpture.
  • Mia Middleton is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Sydney, Australia whose varied practice spans sculpture, assemblage, painting, mixed media and video. Disembodied biological forms and hybridised objects populate her work, forming a kind of relational archaeology that is both visceral and mythic. Since completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at COFA in 2013, Mia's work has been exhibited at galleries both nationally and abroad, including Fires (Sydney), CICA Museum (Korea), Aici Acolo (Romania), Blindside (Melbourne), Homesession (Barcelona) and Athens DAF (Greece). After completing two international art residencies in 2018, Mia is currently working towards a solo exhibition in Sydney.