Document Type

Creative Work

Publication Details

Craig Judd (curator), Leigh Hobba: The Space of Presence [20 year retrospective exhibition], Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, 2007. Download exhibition catalogue here; see also below for a 3 min 55 sec video walkthrough of the exhibition, from the website ABC National - Leigh Hobba - The Space of Presence.; review in RealTime Arts magazine here; and review in ArtLink magazine here.



Research Background

Leigh Hobba is one of Australia’s most highly regarded video, performance, and sound artists. Hobba was a key practitioner in the first wave of Australian artists who explored the use of then new media technologies. From his earliest works in 1970s Adelaide, Hobba has made art about and from the earth. Music, its infinite sequences and structure are also an important formal influence in his work.

Research contribution

This retrospective exhibition offered an important opportunity to present an extensive body of work created by an important Australian artist. The exhibition revealed many of Hobba’s themes and practices – a wry humour, collaboration, the potential of video from its archaeology into the future and the exploration of sound in nature’ (Judd C, 2007), as well as the importance of collaboration to his practice. He has had a long association with the Brisbane-based, Indigenous Campfire group and has also worked collaboratively with a number of other Australian artists, notably the dancer Wendy Morrow.

Research significance

Curated by Craig Judd, “Leigh Hobba: The Space of Presence” (Tasmanian Landscapes in Video and Sound, 1980-2007) this twenty-year retrospective was presented at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery as part of the state’s Ten Days on the Island Festival, and accompanied by a catalogue with essays by Jeff Malpas and Jonathan Holmes. The ABC’s ‘Into the Music’ broadcast a program in response to the unique relationship Hobba has forged between art and music. The exhibition was reviewed in national specialist art journals: Artlink and RealTime.



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