Developed collaboratively by Agnieszka Golda and Martin Johnson Setting Scenes is a large-scale mixed media installation. Encompassing two rooms Setting Scenes draws on fragmented narratives, immersive and ritualistic modes of installation art, traditional European folklore practices and the contemporary, globalised popular culture of Japanese anime. Bending towards the otherworldly Golda and Johnson harnesses the material qualities of painted and hand-made textiles and wooden sculptural forms to create a multi-sensory environment for the audience to immerse into.
Setting Scenes aims to negotiate the systems of knowledge that determine the fixed boundaries between the visible and the invisible, the animate and the inanimate, and the material and the immaterial.
Golda and Johnson have collaborated on a number of projects, their works have been exhibited nationally and overseas, most recently Swells of Enchantment (2013), Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin, NT; Inferno Wonderland (2012), MOP Projects Gallery, Sydney, NSW; Last Exile (2011), Wollongong City Gallery was supported by an Australia Council for the Arts New Work Established grant.