Review

Xhe

Daniel Kok

& Miho Shimizu

By Soo-Min Shim — 16 November, 2018

Walking into the last two hours of Daniel Kok and Miho Shimizu’s five-hour performance of xhe, I am overwhelmed by the kaleidoscopic playground of polychrome fabrics, foam block shapes, iridescent blankets, and printed cardboard cutouts. There are chairs arranged around the perimeters, but mostly these are empty. Instead, groups of people are gathered around a…

Infinity Minus One

Su Wen-Chi

By Kathleen Linn — 9 November, 2018

In 2016, Taiwanese performance artist and choreographer Su Wen-Chi undertook a six-week residency at CERN (The European Centre for Nuclear Research) in Geneva, Switzerland. She drew inspiration from this residency to create a suite of three works: Rainbow Trilogy, which includes Infinity Minus One. The Micro and the Macro The stage is bare, except for…

An Image of a Tiger

Jess Bradford

By Naomi Riddle — 2 November, 2018

The website for the Singaporean cultural park Haw Par Villa (formerly known as the Tiger Balm Garden) proclaims that the park is a ‘treasure trove of Asian culture, history, philosophy and religion—quirky yet enlightening, at the same time.’ Built in 1937 by Aw Boon Haw, a millionaire philanthropist who marketed Tiger Balm ointment to the…

Uncanny Valley Girl

Angela Goh

By Amelia Wallin — 26 October, 2018

Silicone breast-enhancing inserts, self-massage tools, flat screen televisions and their associated cables, cans of ‘Mother’ energy drink, and a boxy wind blower. These objects of artificial simulation constitute the set of Angela Goh’s Uncanny Valley Girl at Liveworks Festival, and generate many of Goh’s performative actions. Everything appears synthetic, down to her pleather footwear and…

The Public Body .03

Group Exhibition

By Paul Kelaita — 12 October, 2018

There’s a provocative question asked in one of the many video works in The Public Body .03 that lasts for only a second—‘but what if a species is nothing more than a set of relationships?’ The question appears in Korakrit Arunanondchai’s ‘with history in a room filled with people with funny names 4’ (2017), a…

Daneha

Group Exhibition

By Abdul Karim Hekmat — 14 September, 2018

‘Modern Western culture is in large part the work of exiles, émigrés, refugees.’ Edward Said, ‘Reflections on Exile’ (1984)   In a half-darkened space at Blacktown Arts in Western Sydney, you see two vests hanging on the gallery wall. They are reminiscent of the vests worn by suicide bombers, and a few grenade-shaped objects protrude…

Rate of Change

Curated by

James Gatt

By Mariam Arcilla — 6 September, 2018

It’s impossible to experience a show at COMA Gallery without absorbing its surrounding environment: entering the gallery requires walking up a sloping footpath alongside a busy freeway, and once inside the space, a broad window allows the shadows of passing cars to flicker and swipe on the floor. It is this environment that gives Rate…

The Ghosts of Nothing / In Memory of Johnny B. Goode

Sean Lowry

and Ilmar Taimre

By Matthew Crookes — 15 August, 2018

The Ghosts of Nothing / In Memory of Johnny B. Goode is the culmination of a four-year collaborative project featuring the eponymous (and fictive) rock group comprising Sean Lowry and Ilmar Taimre. A visually rich, multi-layered presentation, it initially existed as a ‘rock opera of expanded cover versions’. At The Lock-Up Gallery in Newcastle, the…

The Burrangong Affray

Jason Phu & John

Young Zerunge

By Soo-Min Shim — 8 August, 2018

Author’s note:  CW—racism, assault, rape   This month, I walked into the University of Sydney and was greeted by angry black scrawls of graffiti on the bus stops: ‘No More G**ks’. I immediately recoiled from a caricature of an Asian face with slanted eyes. A ‘Stop the Asian Invasion’ tag was found on three different…