When Dr Malcom Bywaters first heard about Mona Foma expanding into the North, he knew he had to get involved.
While the Academy Gallery director would usually be on his summer holiday in early January, Dr Bywaters was busy preparing the space for SPEED: mobility and exchange on Thursday.
The exhibition was fortuitously named as Dr Bywaters pushed for the exhibition to be ready six weeks before it was originally scheduled.
However, it was worth the stress to be involved in MoFo.
“It’s a healthy movement for us. It brings the youth and wider generations together,” he said.
Bringing MoFo 2018 to the North was “absolutely fabulous” and he hoped it would set up the following year for a 2019 Launceston event.
The exhibition explored how speed consumed contemporary society, while providing some areas to reflect and relax.
“The Internet of things and explosion of big data has caused us all to be operational 24/7,” he said.
“We now live within a world of continual attention, consumed ‘personally’ and globally by the all necessary email that must be action.”
Several artists are involved in the exhibition, which will officially open on January 13 at 3.30pm.
Whether it was considering the pace of history in an artwork depicting ANZAC soldiers, or a large inflatable teddy driving an inflatable train, movement or the absence of motion were reflected across the works, he said.
The exhibition will be open between January 13 and April 20.