– Highlights

highlight
Mca Collection

MCA Collection

29 Mar - 31 Jul

highlight
Exhibition

Telling Tales

02 Jun - 09 Oct

highlight
Exhibition

New Romance

30 Jun - 04 Sep

– Learning Events

highlight
Special Event

New Romance for Teachers

02 Jul, 10.00am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

highlight
Talk

Artists In Conversation

02 Jul, 3.00pm, Level 3: Creative Studios in NCCL

highlight
Lecture

Humanoids and Hybrids: Creepy, Uncanny and Contestable Bodies

03 Jul, 11.00am, Level 2: Veolia Lecture Theatre

– News from inside the MCA

Where do artists get their ideas from?

Artist Educators Stephanie & Athena are interviewed by kids about their art practice more

Meeting Jumaadi: MCA Kids Committee

Siobhan learns from artist Jumaadi about his shadow puppet performance The Life and Death of a Shadow more

MCA X PITCH ZINE Digital Zine

The MCA has collaborated with PITCH ZINE to create a digital zine in anticipation for the 9th annual MCA Zine Fair this weekend. more

– Spotlights from the collection online

highlight
Volume One: MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

highlight
Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

highlight
Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

The Program promotes Australian art globally, helping Australian artists reach new audiences.

Simon Yates

Brain Scapes 2006

Museum of Contemporary Art, donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Henry Ergas, 2009

paper, cardboard, wire, paint and pen (10 parts)

About the Artwork

This installation forms part of a fascinating endeavour by Simon Yates to harness the contents of his mind – thoughts, feelings and memories – in the service of his artistic practice. The result is Brain Scapes, an abstracted, sculptural self-portrait in the form of star-like shapes suspended between ceiling and floor.

Deliberately lo-fi, Brain Scapes is constructed from everyday materials and is painted black – the latter hinting at extraterrestrial dark matter. The work forms a visual palimpsest of Yates’ interests and influences, with an array of images and texts attached to each shape. These have been assembled following a practice he calls ‘information ecology’ or ‘infodiversity’.

One attached item is a comic book or storyboard drawn in his youth, of all that he could remember at that time. Another is a painting produced under the influence of certain recurring feelings that Yates has tried to access by listening to music – pieces that he both likes and dislikes. Details of all of these experiences and memories are included on the surface of the work: there’s a reproduction of a Rolling Stones record cover and references to Tolkien’s novel The Lord of the Rings.

Yates likens his practice to that of an inventor. He has experimented with a number of different machines and models. Some of his installations have included walking robots made from balsa wood and paper, held up by helium balloons and activated via remote control.

History should be defined by the degree of novelty at any given time.

Simon Yates

Simon Yates

– About the artist

b.1973

Born 1973 Griffith, New South Wales. Lives and works Sydney.

Learn more

– View also

All
Works

Related Exhibitions