Man & Wah are a creative duo based in Brisbane, Australia. Man & Wah‘s practice is a form of self-directed learning and a remedy to reconnect with nature and the cosmos. CELESTON is an amalgamation of digital content recorded by the artists, created within the context of the current global pandemic and the rise to dismantle systemic racism, and pondering on the mystery and multilayered momentum that propels the cosmic process and its influence.
Man & Wah: CELESTON
Man & Wah’s practice is a remedy to reconnect with nature and the cosmos, pondering the mystery and multilayered momentum that propels the cosmic process and its influence. Their work is an invitation for slowing down, to contemplate our inherent connection with nature within a cosmic context.
Drawn from Man & Wah’s extensive catalogue created over the past seven years, CELESTON is a curated amalgamation of audio, video and photographic material centred on the cosmic and botanical worlds. In the context of a global pandemic and the rise to dismantle systemic racism, creating the work was a form of self-directed learning – questioning the artists’ place in the events surrounding us all. CELESTON was created during the Museum of Brisbane (MoB) Artists @ Home residency in May-June 2020.
Museum of Brisbane is dedicated to supporting the city’s many talented artists, designers, writers, historians and storytellers. We invite artists to create works inspired by our city and engage our visitors in a global conversation. MoB Artists @ Home residency was designed to support artists and record their lived experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Moderated by independent curator and creative director working in the field of digital/new media arts, Lubi Thomas (AU/UK), this live Q&A event will explore the creative practice and process of artists Man & Wah. Covering topics of nature, the cosmos, information and interdisciplinary artistic practice, Man & Wah will respond to live questions alongside a discussion with Lubi about their narrative video piece, CELESTON, and physical exhibition at Museum of Brisbane.
Working within the breadth of nature and the cosmos, the Marco and Micro, Man & Wah (AU) produce lush and alluring photographic, moving image, digital and installation based works. Collaborating with a diverse range of people on projects across the globe, they explore the depths of place through local flora; ultimately illuminating synergies between the limits of the man-made and vastness of natural systems and structures. This video follows the artists’ creative process and explores the places they forage for inspiration and meaning. Created in collaboration with photographer and filmmaker Charlie Hillhouse (AU), this studio profile gives insight into the forces that drive Man & Wah to continue to compel audiences to reflect on the phenomenal complexity of plants and the endless possibilities of interconnectedness.
Project Credits / Acknowledgements
Courtesy the artists and Museum of Brisbane
Museum of Brisbane’s Artist-in-Residence program is supported by Tim Fairfax AC