Del Kathryn Barton, Pippita Bennett, Charles Blackman, Mag Buchanan, Noel Counihan, Rah Fizelle, Donald Friend, Paul Haefliger, Brenden Hooke, Keith Howard, Barbara Licha, Brett Mcmahon, Sidney Nolan, Geoffrey Ricardo, Michael Riley, Wendy Sharpe, Kirsty Tinkler, Peter Yee
Victoria Baldwin, Frankie Chow, Zsuzsanna Ihar, Anthony Alston, Stella Ktenas Karver
WHEN: Opening Thursday 12 September 6pm
12 – 26 September 2013, Monday to Friday 10am-5pm
being. draws artworks from the extensive University of Sydney Union Art Collection that explore the human form and what it means to exist, to be, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and collectively. Not only does this exhibition examine the multifaceted concept of human existence, it showcases the impressive selection of Australian artists represented in the University of Sydney Union art collection.
Accompanying the display of visual art from the collection are performance works by local artists who have been tasked with interpreting the existential themes of the exhibition. Performance art is inherently physical and at the same time transient, delivering a heightened human experience that intensifies physical and mental awareness. The inclusion of performance art builds on the current surge of interest in the genre ignited by the Kaldor Public Art Project 13 Rooms in Sydney earlier this year.
For instance, the cyber-endurance work, ’1000 Limits’, by Zsuzsanna Ihar and Dylan Batty attempts to fulfill the 1000 post limit on twitter over a 24 hour period with the artists posting primarily a stream of consciousness and manic poetry. The work will test the capabilities of humans to meet limits set by machines and explore the nature of human physical and mental exhaustion.