Student exhibition a journey into experimental art 


An exhibition that showcases the talents of art students and celebrates the evolution of new technologies that inspire innovative art forms will open tomorrow night (Friday) at Charles Darwin University.

Entitled “SAFARI”, this year’s CDU School of Creative Arts and Humanities’ End of Year Exhibition will offer art lovers a journey into “creative diversity”.

CDU Design and Architecture lecturer Marianne Dyason said SAFARI was a collection of creative works from students in music, graphic design, visual art, new media design and architecture/interior design.

“It celebrates the achievements of the students and highlights creative and experimental possibilities,” Ms Dyason said. “The student works range from two dimensional paintings to a diverse range of three dimensional concepts and media.

“Popup books, augmented reality applications for classroom use, and an aquatic ‘paste up’ are just some of the examples.”

Ms Dyason said many of the works offered a deeper understanding of the experiences encountered in everyday spaces and places. 

“A music video which captures a day in the life of different CDU students, a documentary about architecture and design students’ experiences as they traverse Darwin city, provide alternative and refreshing narratives about the places we live, celebrate, work and study,” she said.

“For these students, having to reflect on the way in which urban transformations have altered people’s use and experience of the city, means design becomes as much a social as a physical act.”

CDU New Media Design lecturer Peter Houtmeyers said the exhibition highlighted the evolution in media from simple overhead projection to the application of augmented reality.

“For students in the design disciplines these new technologies are empowering tools which when applied with problem solving and abstract thinking skills become a driving force behind innovation,” Mr Houtmeyers said.

“SAFARI” will be opened by CDU Art Collection and Art Gallery Curator Anita Angel on Friday, 26 October at CDU’s Casuarina campus. The Exhibition runs until Tuesday, 30 October.

The event is free of a charge and starts at 5:30 pm in the University Theatre and the adjacent outdoor amphitheatre in the Orange Precinct. For map details visit: