Left: Ticket Machine, 2023, right: Autotimer, 2023, Photo: Benjamin Sheppard.
Past Event

Narelle Desmond: Autotimer 

Presented by FUTURES


Thu 18 May 12:00pm - 5:30pm
Fri 19 May 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Sat 20 May 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Sat 20 May 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Opening Night
Thu 25 May 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Fri 26 May 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Sat 27 May 12:00pm - 5:00pm


Free, no booking required


FUTURES, Easey Street, Collingwood VIC, Australia


Accessible bathroom All gender bathroom Wheelchair accessible

Situated within the context of contemporary art, Desmond’s practice is dispersed with tropes of twentieth-century design which provide a source of inspiration and critique. Autotimer continues this mode of inquiry by transforming the gallery into a waiting room populated with incongruously designed features and signage that both celebrate and probe their own forms and functions.

Influenced by the speculative works of Radical Italian Design groups such as Superstudio and Gruppo UFO, Autotimer meshes these countercultural perspectives with contemporary commentary. The installation takes the setting of a non-place space – a term used to refer to spaces of transience where human beings remain anonymous­ – such as airports and freeways. A suite of anti-utopian objects that direct our actions are playfully displaced through distortion, rendered peculiar and mute with seductive flair. “Design attempts to script the future by projecting its desires (and those of others) forward in time,” wrote Andrew Blauvelt. In Autotimer this attempt is celebrated and thwarted through a disruption of place and objects. If the purpose of this room is to wait, what are we waiting for?


Narelle Desmond

Narelle Desmond is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores the intersection of art, design, and popular culture, through conceptual considerations of object making. Research triggers a studio practice that currently draws on speculation as a mode of production and counter cultural perspectives of the 60’s and 70’s. Recent exhibitions include Y’Verde at Station Gallery in 2019, Smart Objects Awkward Relations at Caves Gallery in 2017 and Unfinished Business, Perspectives on art and feminism in 2018 at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

Desmond is a co-founder of Conners Conners Gallery at the Fitzroy Town Hall and was a founding member of artist group DAMP who participated in exhibitions including Art holds a high place in my life 2018 at Monash University Museum of Art curated by Rosemary Forde, Art as a Verb 2014-16 at Monash University Museum of Art and Artspace Sydney, Bristol Biennal 2012 in Bristol, UK and the Asia Pacific Triennial 2010 at the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery.

She currently teaches design at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne.

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