As part of Brisbane Art Design 2021, a selection of Brisbane artists were invited to participate in a large-scale ephemeral activation guided by host, Steve Alexander.
Working alone or in small groups, layering their efforts over the last, RMXTV was an ever-changing live art experience exploring the potential that lies in chaos and chance, the latest in the RMX series of collaborative art projects.
From 7-30 May 2021, 22 artists tested their creative agility, responding to rules, directions and guides delivered by video prompts. You can watch what unfolded in the video below.
RMXTV was a MoB Artist in Residence project, supported by Tim Fairfax AC.
RMXTV 2021 Participants
RMXTV shone a light on the breath of local talent in Brisbane, inviting creatives from across disciplines to a collaborative platform, giving audiences unique insight into the creative process.
Museum of Brisbane and RMXTV invited the following artists to take up the creative challenge:
Adrian Clifford, Aidan Ryan, Andy Harwood, Ben Ely, Bill Platz, Caroline Gasteen, Emma Gardner, Gus Eagleton, Julie Fragar, Kasino, Kellie O’Dempsey, Lucas Surtie, Madeleine Peta, Mel Baxter, Michael Barnett, Nicola Scott, Paul Curtis, Sam Harrison, Simon DeGroot, Tamika Grant-Iramu, Tori-Jay Mordey and Zoe Porter.
Read more about the artists here.
About RMX Projects
RMX is a series of collaborative projects and workshops inspired by music remixing and the spirit of the Surrealist’s ‘Exquisite Corpse’. Artwork is reworked and reinvented step by step, modified, added to and erased. The goal is to liberate creative thought by playing and taking risks. The end result is a fantastical, often ridiculous, always eye-opening sequence.
Since the project’s inception in Brisbane in 2000, participants have remixed digital images emailed from person to person, reworked sewn toys and mailed them round the world, and layered paint to transform and recreate a workshop space. Sometimes, the remixing has spanned years. Other times, it has taken place over the course of hours. No matter the length, or the number of participants, the essence of RMX has remained the same: to harness the power of chance and the unexpected through chaotic free play.
Every RMX project has been born from a series of technical and conceptual limitations. Over the last year, most of us have become accustomed to different work practices in order to stay focused, connected and creatively productive. RMXTV embraces these new ways of working. For this project, the rules, directions and guides were delivered in the form of video prompts.
Visitors were invited to join in on the remixing fun with an interactive sticker activity, STICKRMX. No matter what their age or perceived creative abilities, audiences were asked to take a risk and bring excitement back into making art. Over the month of May, the custom-built environment was transformed from three black walls into an ephemeral and engaging collaboration between visitors.
Meet Steve Alexander
Steve Alexander embraces experimentation and spontaneity to create art, design and music. He began his career in Brisbane and has gone on to live and work in Berlin, London, Portland and Los Angeles.
As the host of RMXTV, Steve set the technical and conceptual boundaries of RMXTV to heighten the experience of discovery. Due to COVID-19, Steve remained in LA and the prompts were delivered via a video monitor.