Review: The Birds and the Bees

The botanists of the 18th and 19th century in Europe drew connections between plant species and humans, via illustrations and poetry. Goethe wrote a long poem as an introduction to his botanical work, The Metamorphosis of Plants, 1790.

Kathleen Linn is a Sydney-based writer and curator. Her writing has appeared in Runway, un Extended, Das Platforms and fine print Magazine. She has curated exhibition at Casula Powerhouse Art Centre in Sydney and ANCA in Canberra.

Tai is a writer and curator, who holds a Masters (with Distinction) in Art History from the University of Oxford. He has previously written for a variety of domestic and international publications, including Art and Australia, Art Monthly Australasia, Art Guide Australia, Oculus, The Sydney Morning Herald, and Vault. He is currently based in Sydney.

Australian artist, Dr Bonita Ely’s interdisciplinary artworks typically address environmental and socio-political issues of personal concern. Since her first exhibition in 1972 she has been inventing fantasy personas, insightful mythologies and uncanny, open narratives, often deploying humour, to address the causes and effects of environmental destruction and social dysfunction. Intensive field research underpins her extensive projects, for example, her tracking of the plight of the Murray River since 1975. Public sculptures include Thunderbolt (2010), which signals to the neighborhood their level of power consumption. Representing Australia in documenta 14 in Athens, 2017, Ely exhibited Plastikus Progressus, a futuristic museum display set in 2054. Plastic eating creatures, genetically engineered to clean up pollution in the oceans are contextualised by images (from the past, ie/ NOW) of pristine nature, street litter, plastic rubbish afloat in rivers, our history of wars, invasions, inventions, and an imaginative yet scientifically informative touch screen.  In Kassel, Interior Decoration, addressed the inter-generational affects of PTSD. She is represented in national, international and private collections, is Honorary Associate Professor, Art and Design, UNSW, Sydney, where she is a member of the Environmental Research Initiative for Art [ERIA]. She is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

Paulius Andriuškevičius is an art curator and writer from Vilnius, Lithuania. Over the course of his career he has worked in and for art institutions such as Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Venice), Venice Biennale, RUPERT Art and Education Centre (Vilnius), National Gallery of Art (Vilnius). His texts on art appeared in Lithuanian and English press. Paulius is currently based in Melbourne.  

Extraterritorial Landscaping

Lynette Smith’s five-channel video A bewilderment on display at Centre for Contemporary Photography balances between presence and absence. In spite of its representational qualities ‘it is not really a picture of a particular place but rather the sign of a condition, or a state’.(1) Hovering above the floor the three-minute video installation appears to be stripped not only of spatial but also of temporal location. Smith’s work conjures the (un)familiar feeling of being somewhere yet belonging nowhere.

Caitlin Patane is a practicing artist living and working in Melbourne and Research Assistant at Art+Australia. Her work focuses on writing, drawing, and an engagement with text and texts. She is interested in publication and editing as artistic practice, and the space between literature and conceptual art are investigated. Her practice is concerned with ideas around translation, history and social potentials of language in its many forms. 

Natalie Abbott– re(PURPOSE): the MVMNT – DANCEHOUSE 5-9th July 2017

Don’t know where the bodies start and end

I am walking, standing still, climbing stairs, I sit–our presence completes the backdrop

Smoking icy dungeon

Bladerunner underworld

I have walked through a threshold, a dream and have been baptized Rachael

Pink, green, white, red, blue

Light a ritual commune

Chatter rolling, tongues kissing

Hugging

She smiles at me like we’ve met before

Strangers

Silver foil floats dry ice

The flavorless smog coats the air

Licking vapor from cigarettes, a bell rings

Use the Museum

In an act of extreme self-sacrifice, renowned Cuban artist Tania Bruguera once loaded a bullet into a revolver and played Russian roulette in front of a live audience. She has been arrested, bruised, dragged by the hair and charged for publicly defending free speech. Just recently she announced her candidacy to become Cuba’s next president and urged others to do the same as an antidote to the fear-based apathy that grips Havana. Her actions are not forms of dissidence nor opposition. They do not advocate for a single group nor ideology, but for everyone.

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