Monash University Museum of Art - MUMA
11 February - 10 April 2017

Converging in time is the first major museum exhibition at MUMA by Open Spatial Workshop (OSW), a collaboration between artists Terri Bird, Bianca Hester and Scott Mitchell, which began in 2003. Spanning sculpture, installation, curatorial practice, publication and video, OSW’s activities are framed by an ongoing interest in the dynamics of matter and how forces of formation are registered across objects and bodies, timescales and events. For this exhibition, OSW has drawn upon an extended period of research and engagement with the Natural Sciences Collection at Museums Victoria. Converging in Time includes loaned specimens such as a meteorite fragment containing pre-solar grains, Saléeite crystals from the Ranger Uranium Mine in the Northern Territory, a 23-million-year-old kauri log from the Gippsland coalfields and a fossilised ‘sea lily’ unearthed in a Brunswick clay pit in 1923. These specimens are incorporated into purpose-built structures, and presented in dialogue with OSW’s sculptural and video experiments. Together they develop a more complex and comprehensive understanding of the circulation of matter in the world, drawing out various histories and illuminating entanglements between geology, geography, colonisation and resource extraction, upon which our global society exists.

A major publication was produced alongside this project. Click here for details.