WEEK 1: ‘Fragility’ – Eliza Ackland, Amoeba, Nicola Coady, Cecilia Castro, Ania Gareeva, Ben Hubbard, Sarah Humphery, Sarah Humphrey, Gabrielle Ferguson, Allana McAfee, Tashi Nicholas, Randall Taylor, Andrus Veronica
WEEK 2: ‘Cacophony’ – Almuth Baer, Liam Crowley, Lena Fe, Sam Foster, Nick Maurer, Luke O’Connor, Luke O’Donnell and Hana Hoogedeure (Rad Race), Brenton Alexander Smith, Aaron Zanbaka
WEEK 3: Alice Adamson, Sebastian Conti, Nina Holden, Yoshimi Murakami, Josh Lizzy Peniazeva, Roseberg, Sam Winters, Yelyah
WEEK 4: Pamela Branas, Micheal Graham, Sophie Hague, Sharon Kitching, Lena Obergfell, Cathy Weiszmann
WHEN: Openings on Thursday October 24, 31, November 7, 14, all 6pm. Oct 25-Nov 21. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
‘A Gift’ by Sarah Humphrey
On your marks… Get set… GO! Beginning October 24, about 30 local artists will exhibit works, including sculpture, video, installation, performance and sound, creating an incessant conversation between themselves and the public over the course of the four week festival. Each week will spew forth a new bunch of artists and works, with bump in and bump out negotiated between groups during opening hours. The public will get to see (and perhaps participate in) processes that are normally kept behind closed doors. Works will be recontextualised – seen in a new light as the gallery changes around them.
The first week will open with the theme ‘Fragility’ that includes glass and ceramic work that teeters on breaking point (watch where you step – all breakages have to be paid for!). This will be followed by a second great week focussing on sound including work by artist Brenton Alexander Smith. ‘The King Breaks Up with Himself’ depicts Elvis singing a duet with… Elvis, and is comprised of degrading harmonies that eventually turn into sound and fury signifying nothing.
‘Chromaticism’ will run during the third week, being an exhibition about the colour of the human condition – sexual, fantastic, surreal and kaleidoscopic experiences that combine to make life exuberant, fragile and ultimately worth living. Artist Yoshimi Murakami will contribute her work ‘Wankception’, a performance piece exploring self-possession, empowerment and the vulnerability of the naked form through self-pleasuring.
The final week is titled ‘Permanent Part Time’. A variety of media is assembled by artists who have other “real” jobs in Sydney Uni. They may not make a living from art, but they do make a living, and they do make art.
Be a part of this year’s Speed Show and experience the refreshingly spontaneous and fluid festivities for yourself! The first opening will be on Thursday, October 24th at 6pm, followed by openings on the 31st, November 7th, and 14th.