POROSITY DEFINES OUR WORLD VIEW
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Dr Robert Mangion is a Melbourne based visual artist, educator and project facilitator working across mediums including video, performance, installation, printmaking, painting and drawing. His research and practice places questions of subjectivity in relation to cultural formation , producing intutive acts based upon unconscious process. In 2014 he was awarded a research travel grant from the School of Graduate Research at RMIT University to work at the Freud Museum in London in aid of his PhD research within the School of Fine art. He was awarded his Doctrate with recognition of outstanding work from RMIT University in 2016.
Since completing his Fine arts honours year at RMIT in 1988 and Post graduate studies at Melbourne University in 1998 he has exhibited his work extensively in solo and group shows through out Australia and overseas including Intertextual bodies project developed between 2001 to 2003 and shown at West space, Mass, and the 2003 Melbourne International Arts Festival. Again with + Reduction in 2004 and Half Life in 2005 at King Ari .The Atrocity Exhibition: Spell in bone 2006 at Spacement. Unform at Red gallery and Woland: Born again in 2007 at Trocadero art space. Irreal: Being exist 2008 at 69 Smith Street Artist run space and Non Specific Object Space 2009 at Kings Ari.
In 1992-1997 he initiated and co-ordinated the National Metal Industry Sculpture Project across three states including Hobart, Perth and Melbourne. In 1998 he wrote and co-developed Artways pathways into art with the Footscray Community art Centre, an accredited short course and innovative workshop program that combine cultural theory with contemporary cross art practise. The course curriculum writing was commissioned by ACFE and was delivered by adult eduction providers through out Victoria. The Artways project incorporated an ongoing exhibition program in which Robert has curated for over eight years.
He was awarded his first Australia Council new works grant from the visual arts board in 1992 and again in 1997 with the project development grant, travelling to London and Paris in that year. Again in 2003 he received a City of Melbourne grant for ‘Intextual Bodies Project’ a four part collaborative works with choreographer Christos Linou. The work produced was exhibited at West space galley in 2003 and was selected as part of the 2004 Melbourne International Arts Festival, directed by Robin Archer. He was a co-founder and committee member of Kings ARI in Melbourne from 2004 - 2009
He has extensive background experience as an educator in a variety of teaching environments including Adult Education, Taff and University sectors. Developing curriculum across a range of fine arts areas including Art history, Cultural theory, Life drawing, Printmaking, Painting, Sculpture, Video and sound. Between 2000 and 2008 he has lectured in cultural theory and cross art practise at Victoria University. Between 2007-10 he taught drawing and design history at the I.D.E.A institute for arts and design and drawing, studio practice and sculpture at Latrobe College of art and design since 2009. He currently lectures in Art History, Printmaking Drawing and Design Process at Victoria University College of Art and Printmaking, Painting and Drawing at Chisholm Institute.