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Sydney Biennale

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The 17th Biennale of Sydney is being presented at various venues across the city until August 1st 2010. The exhibition titled, THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, showcases a diverse range of art forms, performances, installations, films and text pieces by contemporary writers.

David Elliott, artistic director and curator for the largest Sydney biennale yet, chose works highlighting cultural diversity and/or referencing the past. “THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE contains contemporary art of many origins, looking towards the future but inevitably formed by different experiences of the past.”

For the first time, Artspace, an old gunnery turned contemporary art center, is housing SuperDeluxe, Tokyo’s leading experimental artist space (and a favorite at Stylesight). During the day, SuperDeluxe will transform Artspace into a vibrant performance hall with an electric mix of Japanese and Australian performance artists, DJ’s and dancers. At night, SuperDeluxe will host popular PechaKucha nights – informal inspiration evenings.

We love that Sydney Biennale continues to use non-traditional venues like Cockatoo Island to showcase artists’ works. Cockatoo Island, located in the middle of the harbor, was once a penal colony and will feature many new musical performances that were created in response to the space like London’s Tiger Lillies “post-punk” opera, Cockatoo Prison (2010).

Look forward to a more in depth report to follow in Attitudes.

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