EXIST-ENCE 5 INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL AND SYMPOSIA LIVE ART PERFORMANCE ART ACTION ART

Hosted by artist run initiative EXIST and curated by Rebecca Cunningham and Nicola Morton,
exist-ence is Brisbane’s premiere international festival dedicated to the presentation of live art, performance art and action art.

29.06.13
JOHN G BOEHME
'Considered Compulsion Series'
As a widespread ceremonial ritual of the industrial age, sport is remarkable for its ability to express two apparently contradictory sets of qualities: on the one hand, modernity, abstraction, efficiency, science, concept, and mind; on the other, the past, archaism, worship, emotionality, sex and the body.
-Varda Burstyn, The Rites of Men: Manhood, Politics and the Culture of Sport.

Professional sports has paralleled the emergence of capitalism, developing recreational activity into a secular religion. Sports are the arena where the social and political tensions are remorselessly played out. The language of sports is the language of war, struggle, and conquest. Terms such as offense, defense, and sudden-death overtime, provide evidence of the codified nature of its conflict.

The adoration of the hero makes sports the sanctioned site for eroticism, and the idealization of the body. Professional athletes have used the cultural space awarded to them to articulate views on class, race and economic struggles. Obsessive “fan” culture serves as a release for otherwise expressed communal energy moment of unpredictability and infinite potential where the underdog might triumph. Sport can be precarious, dangerous and seductive – all qualities embodied in works of ceramic and glass.

Channeling the historical connections between art and sports, manifest in society’s idealization of the body and its attendant homoerotic fetishism, this program will interrogate not specific contests or competitions, but rather those subjects within sports that "jump the hurdle" and "cross the line."

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EXIST-ENCE 5 INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL AND SYMPOSIA LIVE ART PERFORMANCE ART ACTION ART

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“It’s hard to imagine a more vibrant expression of the burgeoning culture of Live Art and artist-led praxis of event creation in and around Brisbane...” – Realtime Arts 88

Hosted by artist run initiative EXIST and curated by Rebecca Cunningham and…


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“It’s hard to imagine a more vibrant expression of the burgeoning culture of Live Art and artist-led praxis of event creation in and around Brisbane...” – Realtime Arts 88

Hosted by artist run initiative EXIST and curated by Rebecca Cunningham and Nicola Morton,
exist-ence is Brisbane’s premiere international festival dedicated to the presentation of live art, performance art and action art.
Starting in Brisbane, exist-ence offers an international residency at the Queensland College of Art Project Gallery. This is followed by a two day conference and symposia and three day performance festival. International and local artists then travel south for events hosted by Melbourne’s A is for Atlas at Fehily Contemporary and by Sydney’s PACT Centre for Emerging Artists.

exist-ence illuminates Live Art practice, building long term links between Australian and international independent artists and researchers, whilst offering new and developing Brisbane audiences the opportunity to experience a stimulating and challenging program.

International artists including Henrik Hedinge (Sweden) Labanna Babalon (USA), John G Boehme (Canada) Sari Kivinen (Finland, AUS) will be premiering work alongside Australian artists Julie Vulcan, James Cunningham, Jade Boyd, Dracopede, Onnie Art and more.

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