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Exhibition

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01 Nov - 18 Feb

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Jon Campbell: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 25 Feb

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Word: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 18 Feb

– Learning Events

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Workshop

Contemporary Kids School Holiday Program

25 Jan, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Art + Film

31 Jan, 6.00pm, Level 2: Veolia Lecture Theatre

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Event

Spoken Word Series

03 Feb, 1.00am, Throughout the MCA

– News from inside the MCA

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– Spotlights from the collection online

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MCA Collection

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Learning Resources - Rebecca Baumann

Explore our free online resources created for teachers, students and learners of all ages.



Rebecca Baumann is a Perth based artist working today. She works across the mediums of sculpture, installation and performance, drawing inspiration from everyday materials, colour, and interactivity. Much of her work references rituals of celebration and the ideas of colour and emotion play a large role.

Baumann’s artworks ask us to draw from our own experiences; bringing our own connections and histories with familiar objects and colours to create individual meanings for her works.

Baumann’s artwork Automated Colour Field (2011) is held in the MCA collection, and she exhibited several works as part of MCA’s Primavera exhibition in 2011. She also be exhibiting work as part of New Romance: art and the posthuman, held at the MCA from June 30 2016.


Below you will find a suite of learning tools including presentations, activities, videos, class plans, and extended enquiry questions. These activities can be done on their own, in combination and in any order. They are suitable for use in the classroom or for self-guided learning.

Photo of Rebecca Baumann in her work Confetti International in 2011

Rebecca Baumann in her work Confetti International  2007/2011, installation view, Primavera 2011. Image courtesy and © the artist. Photograph: Alex Davies.


Encounter Rebecca Baumann

Encounter the artist Rebecca Baumann in a slideshow with images and class discussion ideas. View the Encounter directly in the browser or download the PowerPoint or PDF versions. Teacher’s notes are also available.


...With everyday materials or found objects, people bring their own experiences to them, their own history. So for me it’s never about going, ‘This work means exactly X, and this is my intent – and if you don’t get it, forget about it.’ I’m interested in people’s subjective experience.

Rebecca Baumann, interviewed by Dee Jefferson in Time Out Sydney, June 2015

Links

Videos: Scroll down past the activities to find videos including the Artist’s Voice Video with Rebecca Baumann and videos of her artworks in action.

Emotional Colour Wheel

Rebecca Bauman’s work Automated Colour Field (2011) explores relationships between colour and emotion. Investigate your own emotional responses to colour by creating an emotional colour wheel.

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Smoke Signals

Create a collage that explores the ways Rebecca Baumann has created symbolism and meaning through her use of materials in Improvised Smoke Device (2010/11).

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What Would Happen If…?

Stage a surprising performance inspired by Rebecca Baumann’s use of questioning and imagination in the creation of her work Confetti International (2007/2011).

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Jump into the Colour Field!

Jump into this investigation of the Colour Field movement and discover its relationship to Rebecca Baumann’s work Automated Colour Field (2011).

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Class Party

Collaborate to create a performance artwork that explores the ideas of happiness and celebration.

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Find, Describe, Analyse!

Describe, visually analyse, and write about artworks from the MCA collection that share a common theme seen in Rebecca Baumann’s artworks.

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Take a Chance

Compare the work of Gerhard Richter to Rebecca Baumann in this writing activity that explores the role of chance in the arrangement of colour in art.

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Ice, Salt & Oil

Experiment and learn how colours mix together in different solutions in this hands-on activity that combines science and art.

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Art Journaling

Use your art journal to visually record life experiences and explore new ways of developing artworks.

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Experiments with Ephemera

Research and experiment with a range of materials to create your own ephemeral artwork.

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Extended Enquiry

Find a series of essay and research questions based on Rebecca Baumann’s practice.

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Artist’s Voice|Rebecca Baumann. Running Time: 10.27
Artist Rebecca Baumann discusses her works Confetti International (2007/2011), Improvised Smoke Device (2010/2011), featured in the exhibition Primavera 2011 and Automated Colour Field (2011) featured in the MCA Collection for the MCA Artist’s Voice series. Artist’s Voice is supported by the Copyright Agency Limited





Rebecca Baumann
Automated Colour Field   2011
flip-clocks, paper, 1440 min
Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased with funds provided by the Coe and Mordant families, 2011. Originally commissioned by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art for NEW11.
Courtesy and © the artist



Rebecca Baumann
Confetti International   2007/2011
performance, Primavera 2011, MCA Offsite, The Rocks
conveyer belt, industrial fan, coffee table, 12kg confetti
Videography: Davor Opacak, Todd McMillan
Courtesy and © the artist



Rebecca Baumann
Improvised Smoke Device   2010/2011
performance, Primavera 2011, MCA Offsite, The Rocks
25 smoke canisters, 1375m3 coloured smoke, aluminium, electric detonator
Video: Davor Opacak, Todd McMillan
Courtesy and © the artist

Class Plans

COLOUR & EMOTION (stages 1 – 3)

Understand how artists use colour, mark-making and performance to communicate ideas and emotions. Make your own colourful artworks inspired by Rebecca Baumann that investigate these ideas.

  • Encounter Rebecca Baumann as a class and investigate some of the artist’s key works and ideas.
  • Complete the Emotional Colour Wheel activity to understand how we attach emotions and feelings to colours we see.
  • Get scientific with the Ice, Salt, Oil activity to explore colour mixing and create your own colour-based artwork.

ARTIST’S PRACTICE (Stage 3 – 4)

Explore Rebecca Baumann’s vibrant artistic practice through a variety of making and study activities, particularly focusing on how she creates meaning through choice of materials and colour.

  • Encounter Rebecca Baumann as a class and investigate some of the artist’s key works and ideas.
  • Research symbols and create a collage in the Smoke Signals activity to explore how meaning can be created in an artwork.
  • Use party store materials to stage your own colourful performance in the Class Party activity.
  • Combine science and art to create your own ephemeral artworks in Ice, Salt & Oil.
  • Use creative writing to plan and perform your own Rebecca Baumann inspired artwork in the activity What would happen if…?

ART WRITING (STAGES 4 – 5)

Develop your art writing and research skills through a range of activities exploring themes and influences in Rebecca Baumann’s work.

  • Encounter Rebecca Baumann as a class and investigate some of the artist’s key works and ideas.
  • Explore works that examine colour and emotion in the MCA Collection and refine your visual analysis skills through the Find, Describe & Analyse activity.
  • Complete a comparative study of Rebecca Baumann and Gerhard Richter in Take a Chance.
  • Research other artists who explore colour and emotion through the Jump into the Colour Field task.
  • Consolidate your art knowledge and writing skills by answering the Colour & Emotion Extended Study question.

EPHEMERAL ART (STAGE 5)

Many of Rebecca Baumann’s works are ephemeral – lasting for only a short period of time. Investigate what it means to create impermanent artworks through a selection of both making and study activities.

  • Encounter Rebecca Baumann as a class and investigate some of the artist’s key works and ideas.
  • Combine science, art and photography to create your own ephemeral art experiments in Ice, Salt & Oil.
  • Build your knowledge of ephemeral art practice through the Ephemeral Art Extension Study and apply it in an extended response question.
  • Plan and create your own artwork inspired by Rebecca Baumann’s practice in Experiments with Ephemera

WORKING CONCEPTUALLY (Stage 6)

Use these making and study activities to explore the ways Rebecca Baumann and other artists work conceptually and challenge traditional ideas of art-making.

  • Encounter Rebecca Baumann as a class and investigate some of the artist’s key works and ideas.
  • Understand how ideas and emotions can be communicated in a visual form through the Art Journal Extended Making, which can be used as an idea generation tool for further art making, or bodies of work.
  • Complete an in-depth study of contemporary artists who push the boundaries in the Working Conceptually Extended Study and apply this knowledge in an extended response question.
  • Plan and create your own artwork inspired by Rebecca Baumann’s practice in Experiments with Ephemera
Improvised Smoke Device by Rebecca Baumann, on the MCA front lawn in 2011

Rebecca Baumann
Improvised Smoke Device  2010/2011
performance, Primavera 2011, MCA Offsite, The Rocks
25 smoke canisters, 1375m3 coloured smoke, aluminium, electric detonator
Photograph: Alex Davies
Image courtesy and © the artist




Extended Enquiry: Essay and Research Questions

Find a series of essay and research questions based on Rebecca Baumann at this link.

Get in Touch!

If you have any feedback on these learning resources or would like to share some of your creations, we would love to hear from you. Contact us at:

learning@mca.com.au

Rebecca Baumann

Rebecca Baumann discusses her works and practice

Shot in 2012, this video features the Perth-based artist Rebecca Bauman speaking on her practice and recent works, including the MCA Collection work 'Automated Colour Field' (2011).

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