Broached Commissions

Broached Commissions
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Broached Commissions is a design production house. We commission applied arts collections based on research projects. This research focuses on the material culture of globalisation. All commissions connect a pivotal historical period to our hyper-globalised contemporary reality.

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CURRENTLY

SHOWING

‘Design Storytellers’ 17 Aug 2018 – Feb 2019
NGVA, Ian Potter Centre, Design Studio
Federation Square, Melbourne.

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BROACHED EXCEPTIONS, 2018

A migration experience can be simultaneously liberating and cause lasting disorientation, gaps between the former and present, ongoing context. This context and creative theme is at the heart of Mimi Jung’s existing woven works. The challenge of this collection was translating it to a new material, glass.

The collection balances awkwardness, rupture and optimism. The soft colour selection is symbolically interrupted by rugged voids where the glass has not bonded, hinting at the disconnection or trauma that can be experienced with migration.

Mimi Jung

BROACHED MONSTERS, 2017

Trent Jansen

Broached MONSTERS presents two creatures peculiar to Australia. Pankalangu is an indigenous mythological creature and the Hairy Wild Man From Botany Bay an English one, born out of the mystery of what this great Southern continent might hold.

Trent Jansen categorises his work as design anthropology. MONSTERS emerges from his scholarly focus on how fear of the unknown intersects in the mythical creatures developed by first nation Australians and the colonising English.

BROACHED EAST, 2012

AZUMA MAKOTO

The Broached East collection centres on Australia’s relationship to Asia in the mid to late nineteenth century, a period defined by the Victorian Gold Rush. The Opium Wars and the Meiji Restoration opened Asia up to Australia, and Australia freaked out and retreated into the Anglosphere.

This collection, which has an introspective quality, reminds us that no matter how we travel, and how much life is disrupted, we all share the need for privacy and intimacy.

TRENT JANSEN

KEIJI ASHIZAWA

ADAM GOODRUM

CHEN LU

BROACHED COLONIAL, 2011

Max lamb

With the arrival of the First Fleet, British rule of law and the industrial revolution were abruptly plugged into the East Coast of Australia. This is the moment at which ‘stuff’ arrived in Australia, one boat load at a time. A fitting inaugural collection for Broached Commissions.

Broached Colonial combines formal and personal narratives, revealing individual stories of discovery, hardship and privation experienced by early migrants and convicts in what they perceived as a strange land far from home.

Lucy McRae

Charles Wilson

CHEN LU

Trent Jansen

John Warwicker

BROACHED HOTEL HOTEL, 2012

Broached was invited by The Molongolo Group to create a narrative driven collection for their Canberra venue Hotel Hotel. We studied their philosophy and saw alignments with the spiritualism of Canberra’s original architects, Walter and Marion Burley Griffin.

Adam Goodrum, Lucy McRae and Charles Wilson created works directed by Broached Commissions and curatorially researched by John McPhee that are placed throughout the hotel and Monster kitchen spaces.