CUSP: DESIGNING INTO THE NEXT DECADE, NATIONALLY TOURING EXHIBITION

Presenter: Australian Design Centre
Artists: Leah Heiss, Chris Bosse, Healthabitat, Mari Velonaki, MaterialByProduct, Super Critical Mass, Greg More, George Khut, Stephen Mushin, Alison Page, Anupama Kundoo, Floyd Mueller
Venues: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (NSW), JamFactory (SA), Western Plains Cultural Centre (NSW), The Glasshouse (NSW), State Library of Queensland (QLD), Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (VIC), Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (TAS), Australian Design Centre (NSW)
Our Role: Exhibition Curator and Public Programming, undertaken while Creative Programs Manager at the Australian Design Centre
Dates: Toured nationally 2013 - 2015
Audience: 250,000
Website: cusp-design.com

Description:
CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade was a major nationally touring program that presented a selection of outstanding Australian artists and designers. Ranging from artificially intelligent wallpaper to a design methodology that dramatically improves health in disadvantaged communities, to an aural experience that alters the way we listen to our environment, each project sparked conversations about how design could positively shape our future.

CUSP was also an opportunity to challenge beliefs about how cultural content is presented and experienced. What is the format of an exhibition in the twenty-first century? How else could we engage with ideas in a gallery? Could a touring exhibition be recast as a cumulative sponge that collects new ideas on the road?

A highlight of the CUSP public program was the ‘Talks in Transit’, a series of lively debates between artists that took place on a public train carriage between Central Station and Casula Station in Sydney (Casula Powerhouse was a CUSP venue).

Our role spanned all aspects program development, from curatorial research and selection, exhibition text, writing the catalogue essay, public programming, digital content, pitching the project to touring venues, securing funding, budget management and overall project management.

Credit: CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade opening, 2013. Photographers: George Voulgaropoulos and Brett Boardman. Images courtesy Australian Design Centre.