Hugh Davies (Australia) Residence: June 2017
Hugh Davies is interdisciplinary artist based in Melbourne, Australia.
With a BFA in Sculpture from Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Arts and an Advanced Diploma in Multimedia Design from Copenhagen Technical Academy, Hugh completed his PhD investigating Internet architecture and Transmedia games at Monash University in 2014.
He is interested in histories of technologies and those who adapt and subvert them.
During his Studio Kura residency, Hugh is excavating histories of the Japanese folding fan, a hand-held device purportedly invented in Fukuoka prefecture in the 6th Century. Through a series of hand-painted fans, Hugh will explore the object’s evolution from a simple cooling device to its role as a communication tool in courtship and warfare across Europe and Asia.
Following his stay at Studio Kura in Fukuoka, Hugh will undertake a three-month Asialink residency at Tokyo Wonder Site.
SUMMER WIND MACHINE
Materials: Found Object and Calligraphy.
Collaboration between Hugh Davies and Yoko Nakazawa.
ANALOGUE QR-CODE GENERATOR
Materials: Rubik’s Cube, QR code stickers
A speculative exploration of analogue precursors to digital technologies.
THE INTERNET OF CATS
Materials: Cardboard, Cat.
Created during an arts residency in Shanghai, China, this work considers the impact of cats on digital technologies.
Materials: iMac screen, printed card.
Mac branded Ouija board game, a communication apparatus used for speaking with the dead.