About the Touring Exhibition

string theory: Focus on contemporary Australian art, is a touring exhibition from the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, that explores innovative approaches to fibre and art in a contemporary context. The exhibition brings together Aboriginal artists who work with expanded notions of textile and craft-based tradition and presents a range of artworks from sculpture, photography, painting to video. Curated by MCA Senior Curator, Glenn Barkley, it features the work of over 30 artists and artist groups from all over Australia.

‘String theory’ is a scientific principle that posits a theory of everything. In this exhibition it implies expansion and connection across time and space, is porous and open-ended, and diverse approaches to the idea of ‘fibre’ or craft-based disciplines. A highlight of the exhibition is a commission by Yirrkala artist Lipaki Marlaypa who works exclusively with traditional hand-made string. Many of the works in the exhibition have string as an integral material in their making whilst others use photography, painting and installation whilst still being grounded in a textile tradition.

The exhibition will commence touring in 2013. Please contact MCA Touring:
touring@mca.com.au for further information about the exhibition

Tour Itinerary:

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts: 15 Nov 2013 – 5 Jan 2014
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory: 8 March – 13 July 2014
Caboolture Regional Art Gallery: 16 September – 10 November 2014
Cairns Regional Gallery: 13 Mar–10 May 2015
Wollongong Art Gallery: June – August 2015
Glasshouse Port Macquarie: 18 Sept – 29 November 2015

Tony Albert

Frances Djulibing
Yukuwa (Feather string yam vine) 2013
banyan tree bark, cockatoo feathers, beeswax
Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased 2013
Image courtesy and © the artist

Tjanpi Desert Weavers’ project was supported by Gandel Philanthropy and the Nelson Meers Foundation.

Noongar Doll Makers’ project was supported by CAN WA.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.