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Underbelly Arts

 I enjoy of visiting Cockatoo island especially when it is related to arts events. This desolate place with eerie and chilly buildings turns into the unique festival mood adding ‘underground’, ‘contemporary’, ‘fringe’ and ‘avant garde’. So here is the ‘Underbelly arts festival’.

Young artists with various forms of art practice not limited to visual, performance, video, installation and experimental arts opened this weekend arts party with what they had done for a 2 week residency on Cockatoo island. Among these fresh digital & analogue interactive arts, the highlight of the party was ‘Party Mode’ by ‘Zingen’. To get into the party, people sign their name and agree with the terms and conditions which you can’t find any on the sheet of paper. To get a drink and access the VIP area, people give away their personal information. It was a brilliant, fun concept to send the message of awareness in this digital social networking society with floating and leaking of personal information which you never know where it flows to. We are blinded by a visual appearance with the hidden propaganda.

I could sense that these ‘Underbelly’ artists are ‘Beautiful losers’* who go forward with D.I.Y. arts which is the reason for their survival.

* 2008 documentary film directed by Aaron Rose about a collective group of artists who began a movement in the art world using ‘do-it-yourself’ aesthetics.

Seeds:An Electric opera in Miniature by Textile Audio (Eve Klein)
ZV Live by Zonk Vision
Ghost Ship by Microphonics & 10,000 Small Deaths by Mischa Baka, Martyn Coutts, Paula Lay, Kelly Ryall
110% by Kieran Bryant, Beth Dillon, Lechlan Herd
Game On by Michaela Davies
Tableau Vivant by Penelope Benton, Alexandra Clapham

Sydney Biennale 2012 : All our Relations

I had better describe this year’s Biennale as less exciting, safe, and familiar. ‘The less exciting’ means that at least there was one which elicit the exclamation from me : Philip Beesley’s ‘Hylozoic Series’. This snow crystal like flowers were breathing with me emitting colourful light of life.

Having a glass of wine with the gorgeous Sydney harbour view on the top hill of Cockatoo island, I thought about the theme ‘all our relations’. Yes, they are knotted through stiches, embroidery and weaving.

Philip Beesley 'Hylozoic Series'
Ewa Partum : Installation Metapoetry “A la recherche du temps perdu” according to Marcel Proust
Lyndal Jones ' Rehearsing catastrophe : The ark in Sydney'
Nina Canell and Robin Watkins 'And so entangled in their neighbour's boughs'
Fujiko Nakaya 'Living Chasm'
Erin Manning 'Folds to Infinity'
Cecilia Vicuna 'Quipu that remembers nothing'
Tiffany Singh 'Knock on the sky Listen to the sound'