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Art Almanac October 2017

Art Almanac is a monthly briefing on national art news, reviews and exhibitions. Since 1974, Art Almanac has proudly published the most comprehensive gallery exhibition listings in the country. The magazine features extended exhibition reviews and a national roundup of current shows as well as a dynamic and comprehensive online offering.

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Performance Space has commissioned and curated a two-week program of live and cross-disciplinary art from Australian and international artists that as Artistic Director Jeff Khan enthuses, bring “fresh perspectives to some of the most urgent and pressing issues of our time… and the role of art in the midst of all this chaos.” On at Carriageworks, Sydney from 19 to 29 October the festival will premiere new works from Christian Thompson, Agatha Gothe-Snape and Justin Shoulder, to name a few. In addition, and in parallel with Mardi Gras, the organisation will present ‘Day for Night’, an event celebrating queer performance and party culture with unique contributions from artists, DJs, performers and of course – lovers! performancespace.com.au Courtesy the artists and Performance Space, Sydney…

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experimenta make sense

Harvard biologist Edward Osborne Wilson suggests humans have “Paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions and god-like technologies.” ‘Experimenta Make Sense: International Triennial of Media Art’ incorporates digital media, science, technology, and design by international and Australian artists who explore what it means to be human in a fast-moving technological age. Highlights include ‘Pull’ by Michele Barker and Anna Munster – a walk-through installation that fabricates a wave breaking through sonic and visual presentations. Lucy McCrae’s ‘The Institute of Isolation’ is a fictional documentary exploring the body and its adaptations to sensory deprivation and extreme isolation, and ‘A Hierarchy of Eddies’ invites interaction with a large transparent chamber of swirling white balls to signify the scientific concept of ‘complex systems’, presented by Scale Free Network. On at RMIT Gallery, Melbourne from 2 October…

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underbelly arts

Ten years of experimental, emerging and contemporary art practices from the ‘Underbelly Arts Festival’ will be celebrated with 21 ambitious new projects from 116 artists developed in an ‘art lab’ – valuable studio time which ticket holders can preview. Director Roslyn Helper says this space was critical and “a reaction to unaffordable real estate and the silo-ing of radical practice in Sydney.” Among many works the multi-arts showcase includes Pony Express with Ian Sinclair and Loren Kronemyer whose choreography plans include a kayak, seagulls and hot chips to focus our attention to environmental apocalypse, and Amrita Hepi in collaboration with Prue Stent and Honey Long who debut a work incorporating dance and a soft, membranous structure to shelter and embrace their audience. Several of the promised pieces are participatory including the…

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biennale of australian art

Set to become the largest visual art festival showcasing living Australian artists, the inaugural ‘Biennale of Australian Art (BOAA)’ features over 150 creatives presenting more than 1,500 artworks in 150 venues across Ballarat in 2018 from 21 September to 6 November. ‘BOAA’ tells the stories of our past, present and future, reflecting what it means to be Australian today, celebrating our multiculturalism with a strong Aboriginal focus. With three dedicated art zones, or ‘villages’, the historical gold rush city will shine with a mix of major indoor and outdoor installations, solo exhibitions, and small intimate projects. Highlights include one-off performance events, and a sculpture trail exhibition of 36 day and night projects sited around Lake Wendouree. ‘Art in Odd Places’ involves a network of hidden stories in unexpected locations throughout the…

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melbourne festival

With a number of international participants in this year’s Melbourne Festival on from 4 to 22 October, a group of Australian artists are also set to make an impact across the city’s galleries, institutions and public spaces. Highlights include ‘An Unorthodox Flow of Images’ at the Centre for Contemporary Photography exploring visual culture in our era of ‘tumbling’ and often disturbing images with work from Walker Evans, Brook Andrew, Tracey Moffatt, Patrick Pound, William Yang, Max Dupain and Vita Sackville West. A visit to the Art Centre Melbourne’s Forecourt is a chance to lose yourself inside a mirror with a thousand faces – courtesy Victorian artists Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney. festival.melbourne Courtesy the artist and M.33, Melbourne…

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undercover artist festival

The ‘Undercover Artist Festival’ developed by Access Arts Inc. whose focus is to bridge the gap between disability and ability will bend ‘the rules’ on 13 and 14 October with a performance showcase by emerging and professional artists. A line-up of theatre, dance, music, video art, symposiums, storytelling, workshops, live art and theatrical roving performances will fill the Queensland Theatre in Brisbane. Program highlights include; ‘Environment Moves Me’ an interactive workshop exploring action, stillness and metamorphosis inspired by the Butoh movement with Eleonora Ginardi and Marisa Georgiou. ‘Love Me’ by Indelabilityarts is breaking barriers around Mental Health through multimedia design, spoken word, music, puppetry and theatre, and the Access Arts Achievement Award of $10,000 will be awarded to a Queensland artist, artsworker or producer. undercoverartistfest.com Courtesy Access Arts Inc, Queensland…