DAMP

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A collaborative team of Melbourne artists known as DAMP have created Scene 1, an interactive installation currently on show at the Kerry Gardner & Andrew Myer Project Gallery within the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Victoria. Consisting of three large painted wooden panels, the work depicts the artists posing in a conceptual freeze frame similar to the biblical nativity scene. Holes have been cut where their faces should be in order to allow for the audience to insert theirs instead. Photographs of spectators in this positioning can be taken and displayed on the gallery wall, allowing them to remain as part of the work.

DAMP have been operational since 1995, and are frequently changing in members. Their projects are often performative in nature and rely on audience involvement, thus blurring the barriers between art, artist and audience. They have had various solo shows across Australia and have appeared internationally within group exhibitions at venues including Gallery Side 2, Tokyo, Basekamp Gallery, Philadelphia, Serpentine Gallery, London and UKS Gallery, Oslo. Members who took part in the creation of Scene 1 include Jonathan Bailey, Martin Burns, Olivia Dwyer, Sharon Goodwin, Ry Haskings, Spiro Kalantzis, James Lynch, Lisa Radford, Sean Samon, Dion Sanderson, Blair Trethowan, Masato Takasaka and Neil Wilson.

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