is a collaboration between Norie Neumark and Maria Miranda
Engaged with questions of culture, place and memory, our practice draws provocations, ideas and material from literary texts and popular cultural forms such as film, TV and music, understanding these different cultural forms as ciphers to even greater mysteries. We treat ourselves as (art) mediums – always deep in a state of trance-like séance – passing on these strange disturbances and unclear sightings/sitings that emanate from the vast cultural unconscious. The work that emerges can take many forms, but mostly video, sound, installation and the internet.
How culture shapes one’s experience underpins much of our work, pointing to the necessity, for us, of exploring the specificity of both place and experience – and the experience of place – always alert to the disruption of fixity and the uncongealing of habits. Our projects engage with place yet work across sites in an unsitely fashion, understanding place as relational and profoundly displaced through network culture. We are passionate about art as a process of engagement, as a way of thinking through, as an aesthetic – and a way of living life to the full.
Over the years our work has been informed by several different philosophical and theoretical threads – Alfred Jarry's 'pataphysical writings, the philosophical work of Michel Foucault and John Dewey; the pragmatist aesthetics of Fluxus and the psychogeography of the Situationists; the literary texts of Gertrude Stein, Georges Perec, and the filmic creations of Agnes Varda. All of whom have appeared in our work.
Out-of-Sync has exhibited work nationally and internationally.
Norie Neumark is Professor and Chair of Media Studies and Director, Centre for Creative Arts, La Trobe University, Melbourne.
Maria Miranda is a DECRA fellow in the School of Humanities at La Trobe University.
Norie is co-editor of Voice: Vocal Aesthetics of Digital Arts and Media (MIT Press, 2010) and At a Distance: Precursors to Art and Activism on the Internet (MIT Press, 2005).
Maria is author of Unsitely Aesthetics (Errant Bodies Press 2013)
Maria and Norie live and work in Melbourne, Australia.
life is pretty complex stuff"
- Harvey Pekar