Sonder

I very much enjoyed Sonder, a 20 minute one on one encounter. Hidden away behind the Blue Bird cafe is a tiny waiting room where you are asked to select bed linen including quilt cover, sheets and pillow cases. The artist Catherine Holder then takes you into a small room, draped with fabric and an unmade bed in the middle of the room. She invites you to make the bed and asks about your linen choices, you then take a polaroid of the bed and add this to a gallery of photos by other audience members. Catherine invites you to create a ‘blindsketch’ of each other, drawing each others face without looking at the paper. We then embark on one minute of ‘eye gazing’, staring into each others eyes. The performance created a small moment of intimacy and sharing, it was a simple and well executed piece of theatre investigating the notion of ‘sonder’.

The Dictionary of Urban Sorrows says that Sonder is:

…the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

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Adelaide Fringe 2017

This Adelaide Fringe I am wearing a couple of hats, as a theatre judge and also as a Honey Pot delegate. Together with about 8 other judges, we aim to see as much as we can in the ‘Theatre’ category of the Fringe. We judge the Weekly Awards as well as deciding the overall winner of the Theatre category for the Fringe.

Honey Pot is designed to forge relationships between Fringe artists and arts delegates: presenters, programmers and producers of festivals and venues from around the world.

I’ll be posting on the shows that I’m seeing and also giving some updates on Honey Pot.

 

Primavera 2003

In 2003 I had the great pleasure to curate the annual Primavera exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney with artists Daniel Crooks, Alex Davies, Adam Donovan, Shaun Gladwell, Stephen Honneger & Anthony Hunt, Jonathan Jones, The Kingpins (Emma Price, Katie Price, Técha Noble & Angelica Mesiti), Mari Velonaki and Cicada (Kirsten Bradley & Nick Ritar).

The exhibition ‘Primavera at 25: MCA Collection‘ showing from 19 December 2016 to 19 March 2017 includes work by Shaun Gladwell from the 2003 exhibition.

The MCA has also created online documentation of all Primavera exhibitions since 1992 including Primavera 2003.

 

and the earth sighed at Artshouse

The audio video installation that started life as Augmented Terrain premiered at Artshouse in Melbourne during July 2016. I have been working as Producer on this project with artists Josephine Starrs and Leon Cmielewski over the last 2 years. The name and the earth sighed is the final title of the work and reflects that this piece aims to give a voice to the environment and landscape.

In an immersive audiovisual installation that re-imagines the relationship between nature and culture, Starrs and Cmielewski configure the land itself as active, not neutral, and able to speak about our human impacts upon it.

Using imagery captured by drones, detailed aerial views of Australian landscapes and waterways are dynamically manipulated in ways that reveal their underlying fragility; while Alex Davies’ surround-soundscape invites contemplation of the impact of climate change on natural ecologies.

and the earth sighed had its world premiere at Arthouse Melbourne from July 7-12 as part of the Performing Climates event.

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Art Engineers launched

Art Engineers is a dynamic new creative company that launched in Sydney in February 2016. The founding members are Greg Clarke, Virginia Hyam, Julianne Pierce and Slade Smith.

Art Engineers is an Australian based collective of graphic designers, artists, performance producers and creative thinkers. We are a group of friends and peers who are all leaders in our own individual areas of expertise.

Our vision is to create unique and exceptional design, art and performance events, either individually or collective.

www.artengineers.com.au