in 2018 SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY worked WITH PERFORMANCE SPACE Artistic Director & CEO, Jeff KhAn and their Program Manager Tulleah Pearce. performance space curated A show-stopping Performance program which placed ground-breaking performance art throughout the Fair.
Brincat is an artist who works across diverse media from video and performance to sculpture and installation. Brincat employs moving images and their soundtracks to probe historical ruptures and failures of language. Using a variety of platforms, Brincat’s work explores non-verbal modes of expression through narratives or ideas. By distancing us from a logical, direct, language-based understanding, her work opens the door to multiple perspectives and interpretations.
The artist’s video works take the form of documented and often repetitive actions. Collaboration is an important part of Brincat's practice involving shared projects with percussionists, architects, scientists, choreographers, equestrian riders and indigenous horse whisperers. Her sculptural pieces sit alone and alongside the video works often giving the moving image a tactile presence.
Brava, Bravi, Brave
Taking its title from the rarely used female conjugations of ‘Bravo’, this performance by Lauren Brincat was a site-specific response to the architecture of the art fair via a rhythmic duet between two drummers, Alyx Dennison and Bonnie Stewart. Responding to a score set by the artist, the percussionists explored their instruments sonically, performatively and sculpturally to create an experience that tangles with the very nature of ‘liveness’.
Davies is an artist and musician with a doctorate in psychology, and fuses these multiple disciplines in her work. Her practice investigates sonic possibilities, human limits, and the nature of agency, using electric muscle stimulation and other methods to both obstruct and extend human capabilities.
Over the last decade Michaela has amassed a catalogue of work around these themes, presented at galleries and festivals across the globe including the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, the Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, London V&A, Experimental Intermedia New York, Currents International New Media Festival, ISEA, Mona Foma Festival Hobart, and Sonica Festival UK where she was 2013 Artist in Residence.
Duty explores sonic possibilities and human limits. The bodily tremors produced by EMS electrical impulses delivered to the arms of seven performers, are harnessed to play a composition for 14 handbells. The title of the work refers both to the movement of a bell and the enforced physical obligation of the performers, and references Pavlovian classical conditioning experiments pairing the sound of a bell with another stimulus to elicit conditioned responses in subjects.
Born in 1984 in Taipei and currently based in Paris, River Lin is an artist and curator working across the fields of visual and performing arts.
River’s work includes choreography, live installation, one-on-one performance. Body is the main medium he uses to explore art forms, to activate participation and audience involvement, and to investigate the relationship between time, body and the ritualistic.
His work has been presented at festivals and exhibitions internationally, including M+ Museum in Hong King, Palais de Tokyo and Centre National de la Danse in Paris, 2016 Taipei Biennial, Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, Manifesta Biennial in Zurich, Liveworks Festival in Sydney, and ANTI Contemporary Art Festival in Kuopio among others.
Wash away your regrets, your fears and your imperfections in this intimate one-on-one encounter with Taiwanese performance artist River Lin. Which part of your body is unclean, physically or emotionally? What makes it unclean? Equal parts washroom, baptism and conversation, Cleansing Service invited visitors to remove traces of dirt, guilt, regret and the remnants of the day in a shared act of purification.
Julie-Anne Long is an artist-scholar and Senior Lecturer in Dance and Performance at Macquarie University. She works in a variety of dance contexts as performer, choreographer, director, producer, mentor, dramaturg, and curator. Julie-Anne has a significant solo practice, as well as a more communal, collaborative way of working with other like-minded artists, within the diversity of Australian contemporary performance.
Val, The Invisible
Val, The Invisible, can be found constantly cleaning. She was seen throughout the art fair, in passageways and high traffic areas. Some lucky visitors caught Val in a moment where her interior life bubbled out.
Queenie, The Defender
Queenie, The Defender was seen patiently waiting in line. From her vantage point as custodian, nothing passed her by as she looked on from the inside out. At times visitors saw Queenie, The Defender rehearsing the rules, at other times making her own distinctive unregulated path through the crowd.
Emily Parsons-Lord’s artworks vanish into thin air. Creating art that exists at the fringes of natural sciences, she transforms research into poetry to create artworks that can be smelt and inhaled or melt before your eyes.
Parsons-Lord is a Sydney-based cross-disciplinary contemporary artist whose work is informed by research and critical dialogue with sciences, natural history, and politics. Her work often attempts to reconcile lofty vast infinities of our place in time and space, and slippages in to the political realities of being a human today. Employing tragi-humour, scale, and performance, Emily interrogates the materiality of invisibility, magic, and stories we tell about reality.
Rubbernecking (the last gasp from underfoot), 2018
This new commission by Emily Parsons-Lord explored the elemental connections between earth and the air in this pyrotechnic performance. Fireworks are coloured by minerals; copper burns blue, strontium is red, and calcium is orange. These ores are derived from the land and in a brief volatile moment, become air. Join us for this spectacular intervention where earth and sky explosively meet.
PERFORMANCE CONTEMPORARY CURATORS
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND CEO
Jeff Khan is Artistic Director & CEO of Performance Space, Sydney. Originally from Western Australia, Jeff is a curator and writer working across performance, dance and the visual arts with a particular interest in interdisciplinary projects and experimental practices. At Performance Space, Jeff oversees the development and delivery of the annual Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art, as well as a range of residencies, laboratories and artist development programs. Performance Space’s programs situate Australian practice in an Asia Pacific context and Jeff has recently undertaken extensive research across East and South-East Asia in the development of the organisation’s programs, growing an international network of like-minded artists and organisations. From 2006–2010 Jeff was Artistic Director of Next Wave (Melbourne), overseeing the development and delivery of the 2008 and 2010 Next Wave Festivals, as well as Next Wave’s acclaimed Kickstart development program and numerous special projects.
Jeff sat on the international jury of the 2017 Taishin Art Award, Taiwan’s largest private contemporary art prize, and has served on award and assessment panels for organisations and funding bodies including the Australia Council, Create NSW, the National Portrait Gallery and Bundanon Trust. He was Facilitator of the 2013 National Dance Forum, and sat on the Dance Board of the Australia Council from 2009-2011. In the visual arts he has been Guest Curator of NEW12 (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art) and Primavera 09 (Museum of Contemporary Art Australia). Previously Jeff has held roles at Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne), Perth Institute of Contemporary Art and John Curtin Gallery (Perth), and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York). As a writer, he has contributed texts to numerous publications, exhibition catalogues, magazines and artists’ projects.
Tulleah Pearce is Program Manager of Performance Space, Sydney. Tulleah is a curator and producer with an interest in interdisciplinary and experimental artistic practices, as well as work that happens outside traditional art spaces. She has worked extensively with emerging artists and artforms across many independent roles; as a director of artist-run initiative Firstdraft, as a director of Critical Animals creative research symposium for This is Not Art festival and managing the 2016 SafARI writing program Explorer. She has worked on multiple new commissions by Australian artists, has managed international tours and is on the programming committee for Underbelly Arts Festival. Tulleah is an alumni of UNSW Art and Design with dual degrees in Art History and Theory, and Social Science and Policy. Prior to joining Performance Space in 2012 she worked primarily within the visual arts, holding positions at Blacktown Arts Centre, Darren Knight Gallery and the Laverty Collection.