Michael Candy

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New grantee Michael Candy’s practice spans kinetic and new media art. Using physical technology, he explores social, cultural and ecological issues. Michael will be supported by a Cultural Trust grant to undertake his first year of study in the inaugural cohort of the Masters of 4D Design at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Detroit, USA. 

How would you describe your current artistic practice? 

For the past nine years, my practice has been an ad-hoc experimental rollercoaster, touching on a diverse range of social, cultural and ecological issues with the one constant of technology as a medium.  

I have been involved in many international and local projects and exhibitions, notably: The Kathmandu Triennale (Kathmandu,Nepal), Pratt Manhattan Gallery (NYC, USA), The Forum of Sensory Motion (Athens, Greece), The Instrument Builders Project + Hackteria Lab (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) and Hawapi (Huepetuhe, Peru). 

What drew you to industrial design? Where did your journey with it begin?  

I minored in industrial design and have a Bachelor of Fine Art in Visual Arts from Queensland University of Technology. While studying design provided the infrastructure for a skill-based robotics/new media practice I found certain freedoms and criticality lacking, which finally led me to pursue a ‘career’ in the arts.  

What led you to apply for a Cultural Trust grant? How do you anticipate the Master of Fine Arts (4D design) will help develop your artistic practice?  

Cranbrook Academy of Arts has a long history of design and arts. This school started the same year the Bauhaus ended and has some prestigious alumni including the Eames couple and Nick Cave (performance artist) to name a few.

The Diverse course structure they provide encourages interdisciplinary practice within all majors. 4D is a new department with a core focus on interaction design, robotics and media art. During my time there I will expand my skill set through the use of cutting edge digital tools and foster a more critical approach to my tech art practice. 

The Cultural Trust seemed like the perfect funding opportunity to assist in financing my participation in this course and fortunately, I applied! 

What do you envisage for the next stage in your career?

Looking forward, I hope to incorporate more contemporary concepts and aesthetics to my didactic practice, making new media art more accessible through a broad range of platforms. 



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