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Sydney Biennale 2014 Program and Highlights

March 21, 2014toJune 9, 2014

 

 

 * SYDNEY Biennale 2014

You Imagine What You Desire 19th Biennale of Sydney

  • 21 March – 9 June 2014
  • Various Locations

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 19th Biennale Public Program and some Performance Highlights 
The public program for You Imagine What You Desire will include artists Tacita Dean, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Nathan Coley, Hubert Czerepok, Douglas Gordon, Callum Morton and John Stezaker, among others. Additionally, the public program features numerous visiting curators and academics, including Professor Russell Ferguson, Agnieszka Pindera, Stephanie Rosenthal and Professor Semir Zeki.

Biennale of Sydney has announced that the inaugural City of Sydney legacy artwork will be a specially commissioned twilight video walk around The Rocks.

Created by international artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, City of Forking Paths (2014) will be unveiled on 1 May 2014 as part of the 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire, curated by Juliana Engberg. The work will remain as a permanent part of the City of Sydney’s public art collection (City Art) at the conclusion of the exhibition. 

Experienced on a smart phone or mobile device, City of Forking Paths leads people on a fictional journey through physical surrounds at dusk.  Starting at Customs House in Circular Quay, the work weaves a trail through The Rocks. Users can download the app onto their personal devices from home or borrow a mobile device for free.

Opening Weeks
19th Biennale’s Opening Weeks provide special opportunities to witness artist performances by Egl Budvytyt, Hubert Czerepok, Sara van der Heide and Tori Wrånes, and performance works by Yingmei Duan, Bianca Hester and Mel O’Callaghan.Acclaimed artist Douglas Gordon will deliver the Keynote Address on the Biennale’s opening evening on Friday, 21 March.An Artist One-on-One Program will be held on 20–21 March, in which members of the public will be given the opportunity to connect individually with artists such as Søren Thilo Funder, Mikhail Karikis, Ann Lislegaard, Mathias Poledna, Randi & Katrine and Yhonnie Scarce. Audiences are invited to express their interest online, with participants selected via a ballot system and paired randomly with participating artists. During the opening weekend (22–23 March), Artistic Director Juliana Engberg will lead a series of In Conversation talks with Biennale artists, featuring Broersen & Lukács, Bindi Cole, Nathan Coley, Gabriel Lester, Callum Morton and John Stezaker.

On Monday, 24 March, independent Polish curator Agnieszka Pindera will join 19th Biennale artists Hubert Czerepok, Agnieszka Kalinowska, Norman Leto and Agnieszka Polska for Future Poland, a panel discussion that will explore the transformative potential of artists in contemporary Poland. The next evening, artists Bodil Furu, Siri Hermansen and Susan Norrie will participate in Where Angels Fear to Tread, a panel discussion focusing on artists who embed themselves into communities to produce longer, documentary-style films.

Launched in 2010 to mark the contribution made by Nick waterlow to the arts and academia, the Nick Waterlow OAM Memorial Lecture will be held at the Art Gallery of NSW on Saturday, 5 April. Presented by Juliana Engberg, the lecture will explore the libidinous, amorous and compulsive aspects of the art act.

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