Three of my colleagues from the Contemporary Curating class at UNSW Art & Design, Astrid, Angie, Sophie and I will be conducting a curatorial experiment over the coming 2-3 weeks.

We will be interviewing a number of patrons viewing the Sydney Biennale exhibition at the MCA this coming Monday and recording their responses to a series of questions regarding how technology/social media has changed the way they engage with visual art. These recordings will be uploaded to encourage a response from our online audience.

We will also have a survey of the questions on our social media platforms we would love you all to take part in – this will provide a statistical component to our experiment. We are looking forward to your involvement.

Pictured is the shell work of artist Esme Timbery – part of the Sydney Biennale exhibition at the MCA.

“…Bidjigal elder Esme Timbery is recognised for her decorative shelled models and objects that range from depictions of Sydney attractions to small slippers, frames and boxes….with her sister, Rose Timbery, Esme learnt the skills for shellwork as a young girl, first collecting shells from local beaches on the NSW south coast, before creating her first brooches at the age of seven. Timbery and her sister began selling their shell works in the ‘50s, and Timbery’s pieces were first exhibited in a contemporary art context in 2000 as part of the exhibition ‘Djalarinji – Something that Belongs to Us’ at the Manly Regional Gallery and Museum. Since then, Timbery has been involved in several significant exhibitions and contemporary art projects, and was awarded the inaugural 2005 Parliament of NSW Indigenous Art Prize for two shell-worked depictions of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.