Fertile Methodologies

Exploring communities in out-moded utopias

Kylie Banyard (AU), Josh Harle (AU)

Extending from a body of work inspired by the history of Black Mountain College, an experimental avant-garde college in the mountains of North Carolina, artist Kylie Banyard worked with Tactical Space Lab to explore a model of ‘intentional’ community spaces within virtual reality. Initially attracted to Mozilla Hubs for its broad accessibility, Hubs aptly echoed the same idealistic, almost utopian themes of communal, alternative living at the heart of BMC, Freetown Christiania and others.

Banyard’s research suggests these ‘outmoded’ or ‘obsolete’ ways of imagining the future are insightful for informing critical alternatives to what seems the monolithic dominant socio-economic system of modern Western culture.

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Project Credits / Acknowledgements

Tactical Space Lab has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. The 2020 Virtual Reality Studios are supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW. Documentation produced in partnership with Officedog Productions.

Biography

Claudia Nicholson (AU) is an interdisciplinary artist based on Gadigal land (Sydney, Australia). Her practice examines psychic and physical connections to place through multidisciplinary forms of art making including painting, installation, performance and video. She is interested in creating acts of collective remembrance, exploring the ways in which we navigate the complexities of identity in a post-colonial context.

Dr Kylie Banyard (AU) is a multidisciplinary artist and educator. Banyard’s artistic practice investigates alternate models for living and learning. Her artistic practice is grounded in painting and intersects with photography, video, sculpture and immersive architectural spaces. She has been the recipient of several competitive artist’s residencies, such as: The Cité International des Arts Paris, France, the Firstdraft Emerging Studio Residency Program, Sydney and the Historic Hill End Artists residency (forthcoming). She holds a PhD in Fine Arts from the University of NSW and is a Lecturer of Visual Art at La Trobe University. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections including Artbank, Australia.
https://www.artistprofile.com.au/kylie-banyard/