24 (Monday) 10:00 am - 25 (Tuesday) 4:00 pm
POP Gallery, QCA Galleries Griffith University
381 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
Join artist Craig James and his canine companion Ruby for a creative site activation featuring bio-art and technologies which aid human/animal communication. During the site activation period, exhibiting artists from State
Join artist Craig James and his canine companion Ruby for a creative site activation featuring bio-art and technologies which aid human/animal communication.
During the site activation period, exhibiting artists from State of Diversity will demonstrate their practice and sell their artworks at pop-up shops.
This program is part of the Brisbane Hotspot – an event which combines a Flying Arts exhibition with a compact suite of engaging public programs.
Open 10 am – 4 pm
Craig James’ artwork BFF (2019) is included in State of Diversity, the touring exhibition of the 2019 Queensland Regional Art Awards:
My Gladstone based arts practice explores a close human-animal and technological relationship between a service/assistance dog named Ruby and myself. Diversity has reached into every facet of our lives as we learn how to care for each other in unusual circumstances. Examples of this human-animal and technological relationship include Ruby adopting digital strategies to stream her own YouTube clips or partake in video calls, support networks that are contactable 24/7, an online university degree, robotic surgery, medical appointments using Skype, the list is endless. Instead of isolating us from the Central Queensland Region, a diverse digital realm has allowed us to slowly but surely begin to connect with others, not only locally but throughout the entire state. “Best Friends Forever” (BFF) offers not a dysfunctional life but one that is enriched by thinking outside the box – we both have embraced diversity and found a contemporary way of wellbeing. WOOF!
Photographer: Craig James
Flying Arts Alliance gratefully acknowledges The Booth Memorial Fund of Annie Tan (Yuh Siew), the Geoff Booth Foundation, David Crombie, Janet de Boer, private donors and the government, philanthropic and corporate supporters and Award sponsors who help make the Queensland Regional Art Awards possible.