Impossible Spaces Masterclass

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This masterclass brings together NGV Curators and experts from La Trobe University’s Art Institute to unpack the complexities of merging the worlds of Escher and nendo.

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Friday 01 March 2019 until Saturday 02 March 2019 (Add to calendar)
University Events
Presented by:
La Trobe University and the National Gallery of Victoria
Type of Event:
Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Alumni; Seminar/Workshop/Training; Public

Early bird offer

Register for the 2-Day Masterclass by Sunday 10 February 2019 to receive your complimentary Escher x nendo | Between Two Worlds book, valued at $49.95.*

*Complimentary books available for Impossible Spaces Masterclass registrations only, available until 10 February 2019 or until stocks last.

Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds is the first major Australian exhibition to feature the extraordinary work of Dutch artist M.C. Escher in dialogue with the work of acclaimed Japanese design studio nendo. This summer blockbuster exhibition creates a visionary and immersive exhibition that seamlessly presents the worlds of both Escher and nendo.

Masterclass participants will gain rare insights into the exhibition development, design and presentation as they hear directly from the creative team at the NGV, onsite. Academics will speak about the challenges of traversing time and translating Escher’s now historic imagined spaces into tangible experiences in the contemporary world. Artist led workshops will extend this immersive experience by challenging participants to experience Escher’s world through hands-on 2-D and 3-D creative production inspired by nendo.

Participants can register for the full 2-day masterclass experience or simply purchase a lecture pass.

Proposed Masterclass schedule**

Friday 1 March 2019: Imagining impossible spaces

Known for his drawings and prints of impossible, paradoxical spaces, Escher explored notions of infinity, reflection, and symmetry. Traversing the disciplines of art, mathematics, science, and poetry, his puzzling prints and drawings have become some of the most iconic images of the twentieth century.

Throughout the day, curators who work intimately with Escher’s creations will guide participants into his world. Lectures will elucidate the challenges of bringing his impressive oeuvre to contemporary audiences. Then, the ideas touched on in the lectures will be expounded through the process of making new imaginary spaces in an artist-led workshop.

10.30 am–11.30 am Masterclass: Imagining impossible spaces 2D
Britt Salt, Artist
Location: Education Studio

12 pm–1 pm Lecture: Escher: reflected in the sphere
Cathy Leahy, NGV Senior Curator
Location: Education Studio

1.30 pm–2.30 pm Lecture: Paradoxes, possibilities and impossibilities
Dr Katherine Seaton, Assoc. Prof Maths, Mathematics & Statistics, La Trobe University
Location: Education Studio

Saturday 2 March 2019: Building impossible spaces

As one of the leading design studios in the world, nendo draw upon their unique design approach to transcend tradition; by manipulating geometry, space and perception they create a deeply immersive exhibition experience inspired by M.C. Escher.

Beginning with an exclusive tour, day two focusses on exhibition design. The day’s workshop will follow the lead of nendo: translating ideas on paper into real three-dimensional structures. This process will be further unpacked in a panel discussion where experts across the spectrum of exhibition development, delivery and engagement will elucidate the process of reinterpreting art objects though curatorial and design decisions

9.00 am–10.15 am Floortalk: A dialog across media: working with nendo
Ewan McEoin, Senior Curator and Jess Brent Exhibition Designer, NGV
Location: Exhibition Space

10.30 am–11.30 am Masterclass Group A: Building impossible spaces - 3D
Britt Salt, Artist
Location: Education Studio

12 pm–1 pm Lecture: Panel conversation: Pencil to Modelling Clay: Making the imagined, real.
Cathy Leahy, Ewan McEoin and Jess Brent, NGV. Chair: Dr Karen Annett-Thomas, La Trobe Art Institute
Location: Education Studio

*Complimentary catalogues available for Impossible Spaces Masterclass registrations only
**Masterclass schedule to be finalised by 15 February 2019

Masterclass ticketing prices

Ticket typePrice
2 Day Masterclass Pass $260
Lecture Pass (all three) $60

Image 1: Oki Sato
Designer, nendo
Photo: Ko Sasaki © Ko Sasaki

Image 2: Kaleidoscopic Ivy
Nendo, 2017
Installation, Sogetsu
Collaboration with hnm, syk + onndo
Photo: Takumi Ota
© Nendo


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