PODspace is an exhibition and education program managed on a voluntary basis by a group of emerging curators and artists.

PODspace stopped operating as a traditional gallery at the end of 2012, before experimenting with pop up exhibitions in 2013. During 2014 PODspace will again retain the pop up exhibition format, working with partners to activate spaces around Newcastle.

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April 23, 2010

Poster Girl

Michelle Brodie

new drawings and works on paper

Wed Apr 28 - Sat May 15 2010
Opening Thursday 29 April 2010, 6-8pm

Michelle Brodie has been exhibiting locally since 2000. Following her first solo show at PODspace Gallery in 2009 (Incognito), where she explored the notion of disguise through figurative observations at Bar Beach, Brodie has continued her interest portraiture.

In this exhibition of new work, Brodie reflects on a question she has asked herself for some time now: “If I could invent myself, what would I look like?”

In thinking about this she has experimented with forms that relate to how she feels within. The images in this exhibition are self-portraits of a silent poster girl with the solitary sense of sight as a guide. The imaginary heads represent what is hidden and show the inner experience behind the outer appearance.

April 1, 2010

Shreds of Existence

Dermod Kavanagh

Multimedia works

Wed Apr 7 - Sat Apr 24 2010
Opening Thursday 8 April 2010, 6-8pm

Our Impressions of the world lie at the tenuous intersection point of the senses on the canvas of our minds. Each sense informs and is informed by the others and the mind balances it all in a complex web of thesis and analysis. On the whole we believe this process brings us ever closer to a true and complete grasp of what is, yet we know our senses and our minds cannot be wholly trusted.

My work Shreds of Existence examines this intersection through multiple slow-phasing soundtracks and two digital slide projectors overlapping on the same screen. The fallibility of human perception is explored through the metaphor of digital images corrupted in the memory of a computer. The mind/sense interface is expressed in the tenuous link between all the elements of the work, while the part our senses play in our compulsion to make meaning is depicted through the use blurry photographs taken through dirty windows and the questionable relevance of the accompanying sound element. Somehow linking all is the meditative and the sublime, like some beautiful equation.

film clip of projection © Dermod Kavanagh

This work seeks to unpack ideas about human perception by exploring concepts (such as that of the dispassionate observer, true and accurate representation or death/permanence devoid of life) as applied to photography, but broadened to encompass other modes of recording. It deconstructs photography itself with reference, not only to the practical and theoretical history of the medium, but also the seemingly unlimited future pathways of photography and digital media. Through an ambiguity of sound and vision the work implies meanings the mind nearly grasps. It tips its hat to science and technology on the way to a philosophical and imaginative engagement with these ideas based on the ways we think about thinking, perceive perception and understand mortality.