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Title

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi [Democratic torture]

2003

Artist

Mike Parr

Australia

1945 –

Alternate image of Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi [Democratic torture] by Mike Parr
Alternate image of Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi [Democratic torture] by Mike Parr
Alternate image of Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi [Democratic torture] by Mike Parr
Alternate image of Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi [Democratic torture] by Mike Parr
Alternate image of Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi [Democratic torture] by Mike Parr
  • Details

    Date
    2003
    Media category
    Time-based art
    Materials used
    16mm film shown as single channel digital video, colour, sound
    Edition
    AP, from an edition of 3 + 2 AP
    Dimensions
    duration: 00:32:05 min continuous, aspect ratio: 16:9
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated certificate of authenticity, black fibre tipped pen "Mike Parr 21.10.2019".

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 2019. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    212.2019
    Copyright
    © Mike Parr

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    Artist information
    Mike Parr

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    'Aussie Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi [Democratic torture]' is a video work documenting a brutal, politically inspired performance by Mike Parr at Artspace, Sydney on 2-3 May 2003. It entailed Parr's wife, Felizitas, sewing his face together with a needle and thread in protest at the Australian Government's participation in the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the blinkered coverage by right wing-press in Australia.

    Following the suture, Parr sat in a chair for 30 hours, his face contorted and clothes stained with blood, with a miniature Australian flag tucked under his arm stump. Projected on the wall behind him was text partly sourced from news headlines. The performance was streamed online in real-time and during the last 6 hours people watching on their computers could induce further pain by sadistically shocking Parr with the click of a button. Parr wryly christened the ordeal ‘Aussie Aussie, Aussie, oi,oi,oi’ a patriotic catch-cry commonly chanted by crowds at sporting events in Australia.

    By publicly and passively subjecting himself to this abject and violent act, Parr gestured to the atrocities of war and the prevalence of conservative politics and collective macho nationalism, which had reached a crescendo in Australian society in the early to mid-2000s.

  • Bibliography

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