In The Finan­cial Times, 24 March 2018: Syd­ney har­bours a trea­sury of art’

Jane Ure-Smith

[Excerpt] The 21st Syd­ney Bien­nale […] brings togeth­er 70 artists from 35 coun­tries in sev­en venues, includ­ing the once-con­tro­ver­sial Syd­ney Opera House, whose open­ing in 1973 coin­cid­ed with that of the first bien­nale. Twen­ty months in the mak­ing, this year’s exhi­bi­tion, enti­tled Super­po­si­tion: Equi­lib­ri­um & Engage­ment, is direct­ed by Mami Katao­ka, chief cura­tor of Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum […]

Oth­er sound works are thrilling too, most notably those by Oliv­er Beer, who believes that every archi­tec­tur­al space has its own notes, which can be brought to life by the unam­pli­fied human voice. At the Opera House, small groups can expe­ri­ence his remark­able Com­po­si­tion for Tun­ing an Archi­tec­tur­al Space”, in which four singers, their faces turned to the wall, release the music of an unre­mark­able, con­crete stair­well, and send shud­ders down your spine.

The per­for­mance is com­ple­ment­ed by a film at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGN­SW) in which Beer has per­suad­ed two male and two female pro­fes­sion­al singers to explore the archi­tec­ture” of each other’s faces. Locked mouth-to-mouth in a big onscreen close-up, they sing through each other’s noses. Those view­ers who stum­ble in unawares will puz­zle over what must seem a strange erot­ic encounter.

Beer wove his singers’ ear­li­est musi­cal mem­o­ries into his stair­case suite” and a sim­i­lar notion under­lies Aki­ra Takayama’s Our Songs” project at 4A Cen­tre for Con­tem­po­rary Asian Art. In a vari­ant on kabu­ki the­atre, he invit­ed Syd­ney res­i­dents to per­form a song or poem passed down through their fam­i­ly in the city’s (emp­ty) town hall, while Hikaru Fujii filmed them. In the frag­ment I watched, peo­ple sang in Russ­ian, Mex­i­can, Pol­ish and Span­ish: as Aus­tralia embraces the past of its indige­nous cit­i­zens and feels increas­ing­ly at home as an Asia-Pacif­ic nation, here were some unex­pect­ed exot­ic pedi­grees to add to the social richness.

… The Bien­nale of Syd­ney runs to June 11, biennaleofsydney.art Pic­tured: Oliv­er Beer, Com­po­si­tion for Mouths (Songs My Moth­er Taught Me), 2018 [still].
Filter

Angel­i­ca Mesi­ti: The Musi­cal Brain’ The High Line, New York

Angel­i­ca Mesi­ti is one of four artists includ­ed in The Musi­cal Brain, a video exhibition […]

Read More

Emi­ly Floyd: Edu­ca­tion: Alter­na­tives and the Academy

Edu­ca­tion: Alter­na­tives and The Acad­e­mySpeak­ers: Emi­ly Floyd and Gridthiya Gawee­wong Edu­ca­tion: Alter­na­tives and The […]

Read More

Mar­co Fusina­to: Ter­mi­nal Gui­tar’, Dark Mofo

SPEC­TRAL ARROWS: Mel­bourne, 2018 6 hour per­for­mance, 9 June, 2018 Bux­ton Con­tem­po­rary, Mel­bourne Pho­to: Rena­to Colangelo […]

Read More

Amri­ta Hepi: OUT­SIDE INHOT­LINE LAUNCHED

We know it’s a been an inter­est­ing year. We’re col­lect­ing ded­i­ca­tions and songs for people […]

Read More

John Nixon, Stephen Bram & Rose Nolan, Cook­ing with John’ curat­ed by Amalia Lin­do & Jacque­line Stojanović

Hay­dens, Mel­bourne 10 — 12 More­land Road Brunswick East, 3057 Exhi­bi­tion open­ing: 22 May from  […]

Read More

Emi­ly Floyd, Louisa Bufarde­ci & Su san Cohn, We Change the World’ The Ian Pot­ter Cen­tre: NGV Aus­tralia, Lev­el 3

Works by Emi­ly Floyd, Louisa Bufarde­ci & Su san Cohn will be on dis­play as […]

Read More

Angel­i­ca Mesi­ti: Borås Art Biennial

Deep lis­ten­ing for long­ingBorås Art Bien­ni­al 2021May 29 – Sep­tem­ber 262021 The 2021 edition […]

Read More

Emi­ly Floyd, OPEN SPACE!’, George Street, Sydney

A large scale new pub­lic art­work by Emi­ly Floyd has been unveiled in Sydney’s […]

Read More

John Nixon: profile

Iter­a­tions: John Nixon Not far from where St Kil­da beach forms a firm line against the […]

Read More

Lau­ren Brin­cat, Louisa Bufarde­ci & Daniel Crooks, Tar­raWar­ra Bien­ni­al 2021: Slow Mov­ing Waters’

Lau­ren Brin­cat, Louisa Bufarde­ci & Daniel Crooks have each been com­mis­sioned to cre­ate new work […]

Read More

DIS­CUS­SION: Shaun Glad­well & Dr. Sean Lowry

Dr Sean Lowry, Head of Crit­i­cal and The­o­ret­i­cal Stud­ies, Vic­to­ri­an Col­lege of the Arts […]

Read More

Three exhi­bi­tions to see in New York this weekend

Daniel Crooks: the Sub­tle Knife­Un­til 31 Jan­u­ary in Times Square, Man­hat­tan As the residual […]

Read More

More Than 40 Inter­na­tion­al Gal­leries Are Col­lab­o­rat­ing on a New Auc­tion-Style Sales Plat­form Cham­pi­oning Art From the Glob­al South

Dozens of gal­leries have come togeth­er to take part in an inno­v­a­tive sale and […]

Read More

New gallery plat­form South South launch­es to pro­mote art from out­side the dom­i­nant US-Europe axis

We talk a lot, in the US-Euro­­pean focused art world, about increas­ing the promi­nence of […]

Read More

Daniel Crooks: Asia Soci­ety Tri­en­ni­al, New York

The inau­gur­al Asia Soci­ety Tri­en­ni­al opens today 27 Octo­ber, 2020 in New York City, and […]

Read More

John Nixon Test­ed the Vital­i­ty of Geo­met­ric Abstraction

“… Nixon was not only an artist but a cura­tor, musi­cian, gal­lerist, small-press pub­lish­er and […]

Read More

Lau­ren Brin­cat: Wool­lahra Small Sculp­ture Prize

The 20th annu­al Wool­lahra Small Sculp­ture Prize exhi­bi­tion, includ­ing Lau­ren Brin­cat, will be presented […]

Read More

Angel­i­ca Mesi­ti, Busan Bien­nale 2020: Words at an Exhibition

Words at an Exhi­bi­tion – an exhi­bi­tion in ten chap­ters and five poems Busan Biennale […]

Read More

Pre­car­i­ous Move­ments: Chore­og­ra­phy and the Muse­um. Ses­sion 2. Square Peg: Rethink­ing and Recon­fig­ur­ing the Muse­um Collection

Pre­car­i­ous Move­ments: Con­ver­sa­tions is a three-part pro­gram of live talks with artists, cura­tors and conservators […]

Read More

The Joy of the Gestalt: John Nixon 1949 – 2020

Before I met John Nixon I had already seen John Nixon. John was the sub­ject of […]

Read More

New Wages For Stu­dents: A poster after Lot­ta Feminista

The poster over­lays two archival vec­tors, the cov­er design for Car­la Lonzi’s 1975​“Die […]

Read More

JOHN NIXON (1949 – 2020)

WHENLIVED in cul­tur­al­ly and polit­i­cal­ly con­ser­v­a­tive Bris­bane in the late​’70s and early […]

Read More

Ker­rie Poli­ness: recip­i­ent of McClel­land Nation­al Small Sculp­ture Award

Ker­rie Poli­ness is one of four recip­i­ents of the Nation­al Small Sculp­ture Award 202 […]

Read More

Kate Mitchell: The Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Deck

Hyper-linked is an exhi­bi­tion for the dig­i­tal realm, pre­sent­ing new projects by sev­en contemporary […]

Read More