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Bodies in time



Barbara Cleveland


Alternate image of Bodies in time by Barbara Cleveland
Alternate image of Bodies in time by Barbara Cleveland
  • Details

    Media category
    Time-based art
    Materials used
    single channel digital video, colour, sound
    duration: 00:13:46 min; aspect ratio 16:9
    Signature & date

    Signed certificate of authenticity, electronic signature l.l. to l.r. "Francis Barrett" "Kate Blackmore" "Kelly Doley" "Diana Baker Smith".
    Dated certificate of authenticity, electronic signature bot.c. "April 2017".

    Viktoria Marinov Bequest Fund 2016
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © B.C

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    Artist information
    Barbara Cleveland

    Works in the collection


  • About

    'Bodies in time' is the fourth in a series of works by the Sydney collective Barbara Cleveland exploring the life and legacy of their namesake: the mythic performance artist Barbara Cleveland (1945–81), who they have recovered from the margins of Australian art history.

    The work is based on a series of scores made by Cleveland in 1972-73, in which she accumulated gestures from the history of performance across both dance and the visual arts, interspersing these with pedestrian and 'photogenic' movements.

    Working with choreographer and dancer Angela Goh, the artists reanimate Cleveland's score to consider how performance is transmitted between bodies and across time periods. By further translating the action into video, they construct a dialogue between the body as a volatile form of 'living archive' and the mediated status of performance documentation, which foregrounds the multiple levels of authorship at play in the work.

    Situated in the gallery that would usually display work from Cleveland's era, 'Bodies in time' insists on the relevance of performance to a history of Australian art, while also addressing the material (and gender) bias of museum collections and art history.

    Concept and direction: Frances Barrett, Kelly Doley, Diana Smith
    Choreography and performance: Angela Goh
    Videography: Gotaro Uematsu
    Video editing: Kate Blackmore
    Original sound: Andrew McLellan
    Production: Bev Shroot
    Hair and makeup: Sophie Roberts

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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