Wednesday, 7 November 2018


The Butterfly Kiss: Exploring The Materiality, Affect and Performativity of contemporary arts practice within complex community settings

MMU Brooks Building, Room 4.48

Vic McEwan, The Cad Factory

The Cad Factory is an Australian based organization creating an international body of work that often deals with the fractures borne from the lived experience of people and place. Positioning creative practice as an open ended and responsive examining of the poetics of care within our communities, The Cad Factory encourages arts practice to bear witness to, contribute to and respond to the thresholds and tensions, blends and blurs ((Seigworth, Gregg 2010) of the lived experience.

Guided by the MAP (Materiality, Affect and Performativity) of communities and of cross disciplinary arts practice, The Cad Factory positions itself in what Anna Tsing might call “Zones of Awkward Engagement” in order to engage with and contribute to various communities.
Hear about projects ranging from long-term collaborations with Indigenous communities around histories of massacre and colonisation, projects exploring health within clinical settings, as well as projects examining complex issues around suicide, environmental and cultural loss and climate change.

Vic McEwan is the Artistic Director of The Cad Factory, an innovative arts organisation based in the regional NSW town of Narrandera. His practice involves working with sound, video, installation and performance with a particular interest in site-specific work. Vic is interested in working with diverse partners to contribute to and enrich broader conversations about the role that the arts can play in exploring difficult themes within the lived experience of communities and localities.

Vic was the 2015 Artist in Residence at the National Museum of Australia, the recipient of the Inaugural Create NSW Regional Fellowship 2014/16 and has shared work internationally in the UK (Tate Liverpool) and Lithuania (National Gallery of Lithuania). He sits on the NSW/ACT Arts and Health State Leadership Group, is a board member of Music NSW, holds a Masters of Arts Practice with High Distinction, a 1st Class Honours of Creative Practice (Fine Arts) and was the 2018 recipient of the Deans Medal at Charles Sturt University.