WHAT: Dog eat dog eat dog…
WHEN: Opening Wednesday June 6, 6pm
Thur June 7-16 (Thur-Sat 11-5), SYDNEY
WHERE: DON’T LOOK Experimental New Media Gallery
419 New Canterbury Rd (Near Marrickville Rd), Dulwich Hill
WHO: Michael Chahine
CONTACT: Greg Shapley – Ph: 0401 152 434
Dog eat dog eat dog…
In April 2004 in Lucknow India, a corrupt police commissioner decided
to mark his birthday by giving away 5000 free saris. During this
magnanimous gesture thousands of impoverished women stampeded – twenty
one women were killed and hundreds injured. Installed in the gallery
window, ‘Happy Birthday Commissioner’ is both a tribute to the women
who died in this publicity stunt gone horribly wrong, and a comment on
the cheap regard with which life is often held by figures of
authority. A floating, shrouded, glowing figure (perhaps a ghost,
Hindu Saint or Mother Mary) is given a starling image in place of a
face; a distraught mother is holding her dead baby, crushed in the
rush to grab a shred of cloth.
…Travelling into the gallery and through Brazil, ‘Copa Cao Bana’
illustrates a disturbing reality: The pampered pets of the Brazilian
bourgeoisie are treated better (much better) than the majority of the
country’s population. Prissy middle-class matrons parade their
precious canines obscenely in front of the homeless and destitute.
Life size cut-outs reconstruct this scene for us. The terriers and
poodles are immaculately groomed – many have had their fur dyed
accentuating the owners’ beliefs that these toys dogs are more human
than the filth that line the streets. To the artist, this conspicuous
wealth is the ultimate insult to all who are unable to share in this
…Beyond Brazil we face China ’87 where Ronald Reagan is playing with
balls. In this work we have a real photo of a billboard featuring a
painting of Roland Reagan (a strong symbol of anti-communist cold war
propaganda) advertising Chinese meditation balls. The surrealism of
this bizarre juxtaposition is heightened with the inclusion of a
stripped box with a protruding mechanical hand that ‘juggles’ two of
these balls (a comment on the short surrealist film by Bunuel and Dali
entitled ‘Un Chien Andalou’). This piece highlights the artists
fascination with the paradoxical and uncanny.
Michael Chahine is an incessant traveller, documenter, and advocate
for the little guy. Chanine has been a figure in the Sydney art scene
since the 1980s when he bought a warehouse in Lilyfield and invited a
number of prominent and up-and-coming artists to move in. This
influential movement became known as the ‘White Street Urban
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The ANAT Embracing Sound Project (esp) is intended to research and profile current Australian sound art over a one year period. ANAT will be annoucing more details about this exciting new initiative in the near future.
The Sound Program Manager’s role will be to research and profile current practice in sound art, this would include critical writing, participation and attendance of festivals, liaising between ANAT, funding bodies and the sound community.
You will be able to work independently and form and maintain national networks. Your ability to write successful grant applications and engage with sponsors will allow you to expand and continue the role. The role is open to people from all states and territories of Australia, but being able to readily connect with the sound community in Australia is key to the role’s success.
Please download a job description from:
08 8231 9766
NSW – Immersion: Electrical Empathy
Developed over a one-week residency, Immersion brings together eight of
Australia’s leading audiovisual artists to explore immersive techniques.
Released from corporeal entertainment Immersion: electrical empathy will
find a unity between space, sound & images creating a new performative
experience that is sumptuous & saturating.
Artists/producers: Samuel James & Gail Priest COLLABORATORS Cicada (Nick
Ritar, Kirsten Bradley), Scott Morrison, Peter Newman, Jason Sweeney & Ai
Venue: Performance Space @ CarriageWorks, 245 Wilson Street Eveleigh, Sydney
Dates: 15 & 16 June
Time: 8 pm
Phone: 02 8571 9111
New forum with Glenn Hayden from Urban Myth
Urban Myth Theatre of Youth has a rich history spanning 24 years.
Professional artists work with young participants aged between 5-26 to
create cutting edge theatre performances, artistic activity and workshops.
In August 2004, Glenn Hayden took up the position of Artistic Director
with Urban Myth Theatre of Youth. Since joining the company he has
directed /My Sister Violet/ at the SPACE Theatre and the outdoor
production of Midsummer Night’s Dream to name a few.
Glenn will talk about Youth Theatre in Adelaide and all theatre writers
are welcome to attend.
Date: 13 June, 2007
Time: 6.30pm – 8 pm
Venue: The SA Writers’ Centre (2nd Floor, 187 Rundle Street)
Cost: Gold Coin Donation
Bookings or enquiries: (08) 8232 6852