Artists / New Alchemists

New alchemist Nadège Philippe-Janon

Nadège Philippe-Janon’s practice is concerned with the human relationship to the non-human world, which in turn has led her across a diverse range of mediums and modes of art-making. Her work explores the manipulation of materials, forms of perception and the interlinked and dynamic nature of systems, beings, and objects. Her studio acts as a laboratory, where experiments with materials and mechanisms seek to locate connections and blur lines between the organic and the artificial, climate and culture, macro and micro, chaos and control. Substances are surrendered to the element of chance, exposed to heat or liquids, so as to amplify systems and processes such as growth and decay.

In Jerry on the Katabatic Wind, the external environment also plays a role in shaping the work; the animations are driven by a small weather station that has been set up outside near the Art Museum’s entrance. Control is given, in some part, to non-human influences – the natural elements of the weather, and the mechanical processes that translate the real-time weather data into behaviours for the animation.

Although they are controlled by the elements, the animations don’t depict specific changes in climate conditions. Rather, they are reminiscent of weather-related consequences; if it’s raining outside there might be an increase in mosquito-like forms, or unseasonably warm weather might manifest an algal bloom. The animations and installation are in a state of flux, presenting viewers with an ever-shifting experience of the work.

Jerry on the Katabatic Wind was created in collaboration with artist, technological tinkerer and lecturer Bill Hart, with technical assistance from Morgan Hart. Musician and composer Leni Philippe-Janon created the soundscape in response to the materials and animations.

About the artist
After commencing her studies in Environmental Science, Nadège Philippe-Janon, completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at Queensland College of Art and, in 2013, received First Class Honours at the Tasmanian College of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows across Australia and internationally, including with Tenjinyama Gallery (Japan), Contemporary Art Tasmania and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. Nadège is the latest recipient of the Shotgun program, a partnership project between Contemporary Art Tasmania, Detached Cultural Organisation, and the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart.

New Alchemists is on show at UQ Art Museum until 3 September 2017.

New Alchemists is a Salamanca Arts Centre exhibition toured by Contemporary Art Tasmania. Contemporary Art Tasmania is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its principal arts funding body, by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy and is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts. Salamanca Arts Centre is supported by the Hobart City Council and the Tasmanian State Government. The exhibition is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its principal arts funding body, through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts and Contemporary Art Tasmania Exhibition Development Fund.

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