His creative work lies at the intersection of exhibition, scenography, and interior architectural design, which is approached and framed through the notion of performativity. His current work centres on curatorial practices and how they can inform the design of culturally and commercially focused information environments. Sven’s work is often collaborative and has designed and exhibited projects in New Zealand, Australia and the Czech Republic.
Recent exhibition design includes Interpretive Wonderings, Mildura Arts Centre, AUS (2016), exUrbanScreens Media Arts Festival, Frankston Art Centre, AUS (2013 & 2012), Shanghai Scenographies Video, Prague Quadrennial 11, Prague, CZ (2011), and Surplus & Creativity, Dept of Conservation, NZ (2010 & 2009).
Recent publications include Performing Mobilities, catalogue contribution (2016), Interpretive Wonderings, catalogue editor and contribution (2016), and Activating exUrbanScreens…, journal article, with Vince Dziekan, in Curator (2014).
Sven recently curated Interpretive Wonderings as part of his placement in the Curator Residency Program at the Mildura Arts Centre, AUS (2016). He was awarded the Bronze Award Spatial Section for Surplus and Creativity from the Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Awards in 2010.
Campbell Drake, Sven Mehzoud, Jock Gilbert and Sophia Pearce. 107 Projects, Redfern, Sydney.
Curatorial design of an exhibition which offered an encounter of country through a series of works developed on Culpra Station in regional NSW. Australia’s regional and urban Indigenous contexts were juxtaposed through which new interpretations and formulations were created in relation to Redfern’s history and urban context. The selected works explored multivalent connections to country which were made explicit through both literal and conceptual acts of migration. The urban setting and permeable boundary of the gallery to the streetscape produced a semi-public art installation experience.
Exhibition Design for ‘Silos and Silence’
With Heather Lee, Curator. Mildura Arts Centre, VIC.
Exhibition design for a Graeme Drendel Survey of over 60 art works. Aluminium clad wall elements in the centre of the two large white cube gallery spaces simultaneously reflected visitors and paintings collapsing both into a newly created alternate psychogeography of the Mallee landscape and its community.
Sven Mehzoud with Campbell Drake, Jock Gilbert and Sophia Pearce Mildura Arts Centre, Australia
Curatorial Design of an inter-cultural exhibition on mapping Culpra Station on the Murray River, NSW. The design investigated scenographic strategies for the experience of critical narrative construction and visitor participation.
Sven Mehzoud with Lee Gibson, Dorita Hannah, Stuart Foster
An exhibition as installation that reformulate the representation of a performance event as a disappearing act.
This exhibition design provided a distinct festival architecture and projection environments for digital art works as part of the exUrbanScreens event.
This video piece explored the communication of messages through performative engagement of visitors and was screened at PQ11, Prague, Czech Republic.
Surplus and Creativity 09
Sven Mehzoud and Dave Cassells
Temporary and recyclable exhibition design system constructed from plastic canisters and cardboard drawn from warehouse storage en route to recycling.
Surplus and Creativity 10
Sven Mehzoud and Sandy Pawson
Temporary and recyclable exhibition design system constructed from hired forklift pallets, exposed ratchet tie downs and sign board sheet material.
SCAPE: Dorita Hannah, Sven Mehzoud and Lee Gibson Prague Showgrounds, Czech Republic
The central exhibition for the Prague Quadrennial 2003 involved the construction of a performance and exhibition landscape in the 19th Century Exhibition Building of the Prague showgrounds. It involved 5 towers each dedicated to one of the classical senses embedded in an undulating landscape. Performances occurred during the day and evenings of the 2 week event.
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