Kate Rohde, Wonder Cabinet, 2018. Mixed media, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. Image Christian Capurro
Kate Geck, rlx:tech defrag popup (2021) installation view UQ Art Museum. © and courtesy the artist. Image: Louis Lim
Xanthe Dobbie, Cloud Copy (2020) installation view UQ Art Museum. courtesy the artist. Image: Louis Lim.
Conflict in My Outlook_ a two-part exhibition series:
We Met Online (until 22/01/2022), online UQ Art Museum.
Don't be Evil (until 22/01/2022) UQ Art Museum, Brisbane.
Anna Briers is the Curator at The University of Queensland (UQ) Art Museum, Brisbane. She has twenty years curatorial and project management experience, and has curated in both institutional and freelance capacities in various contexts ranging from art museums and arts festivals, through to underground tunnels and golden canola fields. She holds a Master of Art Curatorship from The University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam, The University of Auckland.
She has produced ambitious large-scale group exhibitions featuring Australian and international contemporary artists as well as artist surveys and new commissions. Key exhibitions include: the two-part series Conflict in My Outlook featuring Don’t Be Evil (2021), UQ Art Museum, and We Met Online (2021), online; Craftivism: Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms (2018-2020), a two-year national touring exhibition with Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) and NETS Victoria (co-curator); I hope you get this: Raquel Ormella (2018-2020), a two-year national touring exhibition with SAM and NETS Victoria (co-curator); Cover Versions: Mimicry and Resistance (2017-18), SAM; Cornucopia (2016), SAM; and Nell (2016), (co-curator) SAM.
With a focus on contemporary art that addresses the pertinent socio-political issues of our time, each exhibition presents a research based, multi-disciplinary approach, through artworks that are brave, experimental and critically engaged. Many projects respond to site and context, experiment with new technologies, or have an element of relationality that promotes collaboration and audience engagement towards the production of meaning.
A forthcoming book ‘Conflict in My Outlook’ published with Perimeter Editions, Melbourne will be launched in May 2022, as part of the Brisbane Writers Festival at QAGOMA. Focused on the techno-politics of our time, this edited anthology of texts includes Australian and international scholars, thinkers and interlocutors who have written on themes such as digital intimacies and surveillance capitalism, artificial intelligence and the internet as a neo-colonial force.
Present research interests cente around energy: its bodily and planetary flows, its politics of extraction and exchange; sustainability, energy futures and decarbonisation in relation to contemporary art.