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Double voyage



Shaun Gladwell


1972 -


Shaun Gladwell is a Sydney born/ London based video artist who investigates the physical body engaged in sub-cultural activities within various everyday urban environments. Drawing upon the ideas of situationism and Michel de Certeau's seminal text 'The practice of everyday life' 1980, Gladwell subverts underlying power structures by appropriating developed spaces through performance.

'Double voyage' is a synchronised two channel video work especially commissioned and locally produced for the 27th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil, 2006. Its concept originated with Gladwell seeking to establish an intercity dialogue between the artist's hometown of Sydney and São Paulo, through their corresponding skateboarding and transsexual scenes.

The 'double portrait' presents two individuals in corporeal states of transformation or otherness; the disabled professional skater Oggy de Souza and the transvestite erotic dancer Grace O'Hara. De Souza amazingly skates in a handstand position inside the 'imposing' Oscar Lucas Nogueira Garcez Pavillion at Oscar Niemeyer's Ibirapuera Park. O'Hara concurrently pole dances in a bikini on stage at a strip club to music by pop star Beyonce. The dual inverted imagery demonstrates the conceptual and poetic qualities of balance, which is a subtext throughout Gladwell's video work (Messham-Muir, 2008).




Media category

Time-based art

Materials used

digital tape (DVCAM) shown as dual channel digital video, colour, sound




duration: 00:24:05 min, aspect ratio: 16:9

Signature & date

Signed DVD [parts C1-C4], black fibre-tipped pen "Shaun Gladwell". Not dated.
Signed l.c. certificate of authenticity, black fibre-tipped pen "Shaun Gladwell.". Not dated.


Gift of Simon Johnson 2014. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Shaun Gladwell

Works in the collection


Referenced in 6 publications


Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne (Editor), Shaun Gladwell: Double Voyage, Melbourne, 2008, n.pag. (colour illus., video still). exhibition invitation

Sunanda Creagh, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Cashed up, thanks to some radical moves', pg. 12, Sydney, 29 Aug 2006, 12. general reference

Blair French, Shaun Gladwell: videowork, 2007, 11, 96- 97 (colour illus., video still).

Stephen Hepworth (Editor), Shaun Gladwell: perpetual 360° sessions, Heerlen, 2011, 12, 90-91 (colour illus., video still), 139.

Teté Martinho (Editor),, 'Dossier 051: Shaun Gladwell', São Paulo, 2009, n.pag.. viewed 14.05.2014,

Dr Kit Messham-Muir., Shaun Gladwell: Double Voyage, 'Equilibrium: Shaun Gladwell's 'Double Voyage', 2006', Melbourne, 2008, n.pag. (colour illus., video still).