Didactic Tools Exhibition & Symposium


photo by artist Tarsh Bates taken from the Didactic Tools research and development, 2014
rotoscoped by Sam Fox under the tutelage of Kynan Tan

Fremantle Arts Centre
Opening Fri 20 Nov | 6:30pm | Free
Exhibition runs Sat 21 Nov 2015 – Sun 24 Jan 2016
Workshop Symposium Sat 21 Nov, 9:00am-5:00pm

Tarsh Bates (WA)
Keg de Souza (NSW)
Sam Fox (WA)
Jake Oorloff (Sri Lanka)
Kynan Tan (WA/NSW)

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Didactic Tools features five artists responding to the current explosion of instructional and educational culture; from YouTube tutorials and TED to the proliferation of data visualisation and analytics, digital whistleblowing and new political movements.

The ensemble of artists brings together disciplines of performance, visual, sound and media art with biological science and architectural practice.

Through collective research – sharing their own tools and conducting experiments in peer-to-peer education – the artists have drawn lines between the vast field of sub-cultures and movements in which teaching and learning now thrive.

Didactic Tools presents five artists embracing the challenges of working with knowledge in art, each considering in their own way how the transference of the work’s ‘source code’ (information/intention/meaning/provocation/polemic) might resonate with its evocative qualities.

This project has been convened by Perth-based company Hydra Poesis and organised by artists Kynan Tan and Sam Fox.


The Australian Artists’ Grant is a NAVA initiative, made possible through the generous sponsorship of
Mrs Janet Holmes à Court and the support of the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts.