Tropical Thunder by Keg de Souza
Tropical Thunder by Keg de Souza

Didactic Tools Workshop Symposium

9:00am-5:00pm | Sat 21 November 2015 | Fremantle Arts Centre

Keg de Souza, Kynan Tan, Tarsh Bates, Jake Oorloff, Sam Fox
presented by Hydra Poesis and Fremantle Arts Centre

Free event. RSVP required – places are strictly limited. Lunch provided.
To RSVP, please complete the 10-minute online learning tutorial.

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Didactic Tools Workshop Symposium is a one-day event that explores alternative approaches to art and strategies of knowledge exchange. The workshop opens up to peers the processes of the accompanying exhibition and distinctive approach used in developing this project.

With a focus on non-hierarchical, democratic and distributed networks of information, the workshop will invite participants to actively engage and experiment in the practice and questions of knowledge. Participants will be given tools and processes to create new conceptual/theoretical/physical material, work outside of their medium(s) and collaboratively explore the shared terrain from their own questions and intent.

The workshop extends the artworks presented in the Didactic Tools exhibition with accompanying materials, performances, lectures, participatory exercises and peer-to-peer sharing. Didactic Tools asks if art can be communicative and evocative, abstract and explicit, as well as questioning how art contributes to the possibilities of mass political movement. The workshop uses artistic and creative practices as a method for engaging with shared tools of inquiry and the concerns of our contemporary moment.

The workshop builds on the themes and topics of Didactic Tools in responding to the explosion of informational and cultural phenomena: educational and instructional culture (tutorials, open Universities, TED), developments in knowledge and information (analytics, data visualisation, open source economies), and new political narratives and movements (whistleblowing, hacktivism, democratic organising tools).

The project has been organised by artists Kynan Tan and Sam Fox.


The Australian Artists’ Grant is a NAVA initiative, made possible through the generous sponsorship of
Mrs Janet Holmes à Court and the support of the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts.