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Sydney BIENNALE 2010 – What’s on this week

May 21, 2010toMay 29, 2010


  • What’s on for week 2 at the Biennale of Sydney 2010

London’s infamous Tiger Lillies debut their 21st century opera on Cockatoo Island
Spotlight on Pier 2/3
Vittoria Biennale ArtWalk
Mystery Tour on Cockatoo Island
PechaKucha Nights, a platform for sharing ideas and creativity
Biennale Focus II, North–South Dialogue
SuperDeluxe@Artspace performances 
London’s Infamous Tiger Lillies debut Cockatoo Prison
Tonight, the Tiger Lillies and their cast of criminals debut their performance of Cockatoo Prison. The performance takes as its starting point the complex history of prisons, penal colonies and, in particular, Cockatoo Island to present an excoriating analysis of the many ways in which crime is regarded and power is dispensed within contemporary society.

The event is fully booked, but the performance will soon be available online at www.bos17.com so watch this space.

Spotlight on Pier 2/3: New work by Paul McCarthy
This year, Pier 2/3 features the world premiere of a new work by one of America’s most influential artists Paul McCarthy – Ship of Fools, Ship Adrift 2 (2010). A contemporary take on a medieval fable, the work describes the dangers of a world of power without principle, as the ship and all those aboard hurtle obliviously towards their own destruction.

Pier 2/3 has been a Biennale venue since 1986. Built in the early 1900s, Pier 2/3 is located in Sydney’s historic waterfront precinct, Walsh Bay and was once a busy hub of international trade. Today Pier 2/3 is the last wharf structure in Sydney to remain in its original state and this huge timber industrial space has since become an important arts and cultural venue.

You can walk to Pier 2/3 from Circular Quay, or take our Biennale Free Ferry service from Cockatoo Island.

Visit www.bos17.com for the free ferry timetable

Vittoria Biennale ArtWalk
There are seven venues in this year’s Biennale – and the best way to see them all is to take our Vittoria Biennale ArtWalk. After visiting Cockatoo Island, make your way around the harbour foreshore from Pier 2/3 in Walsh Bay to the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Sydney Opera House. Wander through the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens; check out the Grand Court at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and finish up at Artspace in Woolloomooloo.

Split your visit up over your weekend and come back and visit us over a few days – with 166 artists and over 440 artworks, there is plenty to see and do!

Plan your next visit and download the Vittoria Biennale ArtWalk map.
Sssh … Biennale Mystery Tours
The Biennale has enlisted a diverse group of art enthusiasts – from curators, artists, writers and celebrities to lead tours of Cockatoo Island, every Saturday, at 11.30 am. Can’t stand the suspense? Book now, and enjoy an exclusive tour with a surprise tour guide. Places are strictly limited, bookings essential.
PechaKucha Nights
PechaKucha made its Biennale debut at SuperDeluxe@Artspace over the weekend.  Biennale artists AES+F, Angela Ellsworth, Serge Spitzer, Fred Tomaselli, Jemima Wyman and collaborators, James Putnam and Rani Singh gave presentations on everything from artwork processes to environmental concerns. One of the founders, Mark Dytham has also presented, while the Biennale’s Artistic Director, David Elliott tackled the hefty Salome, all in just 20 slides for 20 seconds each.

Curious? Then don’t miss the next PechaKucha Night – tonight at SuperDeluxe@Artspace. Come along and experience these fun and informal gatherings all about sharing of ideas works, thoughts, passions, quirky collections and just about anything else …

Entry available on the door from 8 pm.
Biennale Focus II: North–South Dialogue
Tomorrow sees Biennale Focus II: North–South Dialogue, at Campbelltown Arts Centre. The session will explore the global politics of unequal development, through key turning points in Aboriginal art practice and policy in Canada and Australia. Co–convened by Djon Mundine OAM and Dr Gerald McMaster OC; and featuring Biennale artists including Dana Claxton, Fiona Foley, Kent Monkman, Marianne Nicolson, Christopher Pease, Skeena Reece and Christian Thompson.

Event information
Friday 21, May
11 am – 4 pm
Dana Claxton, Sitting Bull and the Moose Jaw Sioux | 2004, installation photographs courtesy of the artist.  
SuperDeluxe@Artspace opens … Much dancing ensues
Last week saw Japanese pop from Oorutaichi, powerful spoken word from Skeena Reece and experimental noise from Into the Void, just to name a few. This week, and up until August, SuperDeluxe@Artspace presents a unique and challenging program of music, performances, film and idea sharing. Check out Superdeluxe@Artspace for the full schedule, or drop by with friends after 8pm to join in the action.

All events are free. Bookings recommended. Entry available on the door from 8 pm.

Thursday, 20 May
PechaKucha Night

Friday, 21 May
Yudayajazz | DJ Beermike

Saturday, 22 May
Oren Armbachi | Jeff Stein | Skeena Reece

Biennale film program – Kings with Straw Mats


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