Adapting: Michael Candy

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Adapting: Art in the time of Coronavirus, is a series of case studies that provide insight into the personal experiences of our grantee community and the effect COVID-19 has had on their professional development plans, creative practice and personal wellbeing.

Grantee Michael Candy’s practice spans kinetic and new media art. Through technology, he explores social, cultural and ecological issues.

Michael was supported by a Cultural Trust grant to undertake the first year of study as part of the inaugural cohort of the Masters of 4D Design at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Detroit. The course encourages interdisciplinary practice across all major subjects including 4D Design which focuses on interaction design, robotics and media art.

“For the last few years, I’ve felt an urge to diversify my creative community, and Cranbrook provided the perfect opportunity. Being a part of campus life, engaging in critiques in other departments and developing new work amongst peers was the catalyst I needed to push my career further.”

At the beginning of his second semester of study, the onset of COVID-19 precipitated the closure of the campus. Before returning to Australia and completing the semester remotely, Michael rushed to resolve a prototype work that he was developing. Michael continues to keep in contact with the Cranbrook Academy community and staff while pursuing his practice in Australia.

“Australia is blessed when it comes to the arts. I now know firsthand that institutions in the States are much less adaptive than our creative industries. After my return, I gained a handful of much smaller projects as galleries and museums spread their funding to create COVID-19 compliant digital works. It has actually been a really inspiring period in some regards, and I hope others could say the same.” 

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Art in the time of Coronavirus

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