A NETS Victoria touring exhibition, curated by Zoë Bastin and Claire Watson.

Artists: Zoë Bastin, Andy Butler, David Cross, Bronwyn Hack, Amrita Hepi with Honey Long and Prue Stent, Christopher Langton, Eugenia Lim, James Nguyen and Steven Rhall

When we inhale and exhale, our bodies transform through the process of inflation and deflation. Drawing on the inflatable form as both material and metaphor, Conflated brings disparate artists together to explore bodies, environments and cultures through contemporary art. Here, the cycle of breathing serves as a framework through which a wide array of experiences, behaviours and expressions are examined.

The artists featured investigate the possibilities of the inflatable through participatory works that entice audiences into finding new forms of Covid-safe intimacy, audio that draws parallels between ASMR breath and the ecological destruction of glaciers melting, and video of convulsing bodies that morph with inflatables. Across all works, the idea of inflation and deflation are provoked to offer new possibilities for our contemporary world. 

Conflated presents a range of inflatable materials, from balloons to digital audio and video informed by inflatable processes. Positioning the inflatable as the medium of our times, the exhibition prompts us to explore the inherent plasticity and transformative potential of that which can be blown up. The works conflate synthetic forms with human vulnerabilities, the abject, uncanny, eco-anxiety, colonised land, and the breath. 

Conflated has toured to SOAD Gallery Australian National University, Deakin University Art Gallery, Logan Art Gallery, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and Horsham Regional Gallery.

Conflated is a NETS Victoria touring exhibition, curated by Zoë Bastin and Claire Watson. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Zoë Bastin acknowledges the Bunurong/Boon Wurrung, Wiradjuri, Yugambeh, Ngunnawal, Wamba Wamba, Latji Latji, Tatti Tatti, Waddi Waddi and Barapa Barapa, Wotjobaluk, Wergaia, Jupagalk, Jaadwa and Jadawadjali people owners of the country on which this project has taken place. Sovereignty was never ceded. Always was always will be aboriginal land.

‘If I could I would give you the sky

The part of country that moves through us

That isn't captured

And can't be contained’

Enough was led by Lead Artist & Choreographer - Zoë Bastin, and includes Costume designer - Eve Maxwell, Videographer - Clayton Smith, Director - Louis Roach, Composer - James Rushford, Choreography assistant - Hayley Does, Sculptural assistant - Brigit Ryan and Artist assistant - Molly Stephenson