Celebrity events: Biennale of Sydney
Artists, experts and comedians
Responses to specific artworks and broader themes in the 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire as well as a humorous look at contemporary art.
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Bindi Cole in conversation with Nell Schofield
Indigenous artist Bindi Cole has a multi-channel video installation titled We All Need Forgiveness (2014) on display in the Gallery as part of this year’s Biennale. This moving work addresses issues of reconciliation, intergenerational trauma and re-empowerment. Bindi joins us to speak a little more about this work and about her practice more generally. She will be joined by presenter, actor and director Nell Schofield. Nell hosts Showtime TV’s independent and art house films. She has also produced, reported and presented for many programs on ABC’s Radio National including Arts today, Breakfast and Bush telegraph. In print, her articles have appeared in The Bulletin, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and Vogue Australia. Nell was also a board member for Object: Australian Design Centre and sat on the board of the 2013 Sydney Festival.
Wednesday 7 May 2014 6:30pm – 7pm
Dr Lisa Murray
City historian at the City of Sydney Council, Lisa Murray is passionate about making history accessible to the public. She writes books, devises walking tours, curates exhibitions, develops websites, and fosters community engagement with and speaks regularly on Sydney’s history. She is the chair of the Dictionary of Sydney (an ambitious digital history project about Greater Sydney), a councillor of the History Council of NSW, and a member of the Professional Historians’ Association. In response to the issues raised by Meriç Algün Ringborg’s Biennale work The Library of Unborrowed Books, Section III: SMSA Library‚ Sydney (2014), Lisa joins us to reflect on the role of the library in our digital age, whether it is in fact facing extinction and how we might record our multitude of ephemeral online data for the future.
Wednesday 14 May 2014 6:30pm – 7pm
Professor Anthony Burke
Professor Anthony Burke is head of the School of Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney and a leading figure in Australian architecture. He is also an international curator, writer and architectural designer and a director of the architectural practice Offshore Studio. Anthony specialises in contemporary design and theory in relation to technology and its implications for the built environment. He joins us to consider some of the key issues raised by Hungarian artist Tamás Kaszás’ Biennale work titled Shanty-tower (2013-14) – namely, urban expansion, overdevelopment, overpopulation and the creation of so-called ‘megacities’. And bringing it slightly closer to home, we’ll find out what Anthony predicts for Sydney’s future in terms of city structures and the relationship between technology and architecture.
Wednesday 21 May 2014 6:30pm – 7pm
The Bedroom Philosopher CANCELLED
Justin Heazlewood’s appearance has been cancelled due to illness. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Justin Heazlewood is an award-winning author, musician and performer. He has written for Mess+noise and The Big Issue and was a senior writer for Frankie. He self-published his first book The Bedroom Philosopher diaries, earning praise from Neil Gaiman. As the Bedroom Philosopher he has released three albums including the ARIA-nominated Songs from the 86 Tram. The single ‘Northcote (So hungover)’ was a Triple J hit with the award-winning video receiving half a million views online. He won the Director’s Choice award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and a Green Room award for best production. Justin recently released an EP I don’t know what I’m doing with my life and his latest book Funemployed is due for release this June. The Bedroom Philosopher joins us for a humorous look at contemporary art and the struggles of being an artist in Australia.
Wednesday 28 May 2014 6:30pm – 7pm