Annette Krauss, Site for Unlearning (Art Organization) 2015. Image courtesy of the artist

Bringing together eight projects from artists, collectives and organisations from across the globe, Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) presents its new exhibition, Shapes of Knowledge from the 9 February – 13 April 2019.

Continuing its program of combining critical thinking and innovation in its gallery, this new exhibition examines the big ideas of how we live, how we learn, and how art can animate our sensory experiences and critical faculties.

This exhibition reflects on the different platforms, spaces and time-frames in which knowledge is produced and shared. These projects include: A Centre for Everything (AUS), Asia Art Archive (HK), Chimurenga (SA), Lucas Ihlein (AUS), Annette Krauss (NLD), Alex Martinis Roe (AUS), Kym Maxwell (AUS), and The Mulka Project (AUS).

The first exhibition of its kind in Australia, Shapes of Knowledge, has been curated by MUMA’s Senior Curator, Hannah Matthews.

“One of the most powerful things about art is the multiplicity of knowledge it leads us to. Whether it be the materials and techniques of the studio, the histories – contested, real and imagined – of people and places, the politics of culture, technology and economics, art and artists invariably introduce us to knowledge that spans perspectives, disciplines and time. This knowledge may be new to us. The accumulation might challenge what is already familiar, renew something of our past or revise something for our future,” says Hannah Mathews.

Shapes of Knowledge considers not only how art can impact knowledge but how art itself – its forms, meaning and audiences - can be transformed by learning. It acknowledges the myriad ways in which art and its makers challenge the conventions of knowledge towards new means, towards new acts of knowing.”

The exhibition focuses on the role artists play in relation to knowledge, taking up notions of research, of the laboratory, of learning and of teaching as its central concerns. The eight projects in Shapes of Knowledge range from an ice cream machine making coal-flavoured treats, live radio broadcasts, a cinema of Indigenous culture, test sites for future greening technology, a toolkit for feminist action, and performance lectures.

Examining how we learn via art, see the Shapes of Knowledge at MUMA this year!


Dates: Saturday 9 February – Saturday 13 April 2019

Location: MUMA, Monash University Museum (Ground Floor, Building F, Monash University, Caulfield Campus, 900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East)

Times: Tuesday - Friday, 10am – 5pm; Saturday 12-5pm

Cost: Free

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