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Exhibit A and Things That Don’t Matter: Design and Fine Art students’ final exhibitions

Monash Design students at Centro Pecci
After two months studying at the Monash Prato Centre, Monash students of Design, Fine Art, Visual Art and Art Curating displayed their final works in two exhibitions in Prato in October.

The main focus of the projects presented by the group of students participating in this year’s Design Semester Program, led by Dr Vince Dziekan and taught in conjunction with Andy Murray, Amelie Scalercio, Myriam Diatta and Kylie Brown, was the creation of a self-reflective personal archive. During their eight weeks of study which included an immersive research studio held in association with the Venice Biennale, along with field trips to Milan, San Gimignano and Siena, students were challenged to collect, record and process materials to document their intellectual, creative and emotional engagement with their experience in Italy. These archiving efforts led ultimately to the curation and design of self-directed projects that respond to intercultural experiences employing different formats: video, printed booklets, digital presentations and photographic collections. Students had the privilege of exhibiting their work on Wednesday 16 October at the Centro Pecci, one of Italy’s leading contemporary art museums located in Prato, in the presence of Mario Pagano (Research and Public Program), Jon Campbell (Monash artist in residence), and Monash Prato staff.

While students of Fine Art, Visual Art and Art Curating, taught by Paris-based Australian artists Geoff Lowe and Jacqui Riva, and taught by Dr Luke Morgan who is Associate Professor and Director of Art History and Theory at Monash University and an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, presented the results of their work in an exhibition entitled Things That Don’t Matter. The event incorporated performative elements reflecting thoughts, time, space and places… that might matter, or might not. A musical performance, Healing, featuring a student playing the violin took place in the Salone Grollo, while a collective performative work, Things that might matter, was set in Sala Toscana.  On the ground floor were students’ visual works, which exhibited different interpretations and reflections of their weeks in Prato (and in various locations in Italy). In conclusion, students joined artist Jon Campbell for a musical performance, Celebration.