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L’effet de Serge, Sydney Festival L’effet de Serge, Sydney Festival
photo Jamie Williams
Sydney Festival’s L’effet de Serge celebrates the quiet, suburban communality of DIY-at-home Live Art. The idea is catching on. Works in Compass Live Art Festival (Leeds UK) explore exchange as a means of art production and reception. Andy Field, co-director of Edinburgh’s Forest Fringe argues, “Let’s take any economic value out of the work, and understand it on entirely different terms, as a means of social and political shift.” In the Perth International Arts Festival, UK group Subject to Change, invite you to build your own version of Perth. With more luxurious means, US artist Natalie Jeremijenko and chef Mihir Desai feed their audience exotic but sustainable and healthy dishes amidst taxidermied animals in a museum. In Bargain Garden Theatre Kantanka magically recycle anything and everything to create their costumes and the space that houses them. Contributing to the growing art-science field, Peta Clancy and Helen Pynor reanimate pigs’ hearts at Performance Space in an exploration of the ‘porous’ body and organ transplantation. Soon in Sydney, remarkable Berlin artist Thomas Demand (cover image) will convert the Commercial Travellers’ Association hotel rooms in the Harry Seidler designed MLC Building into an installation, with a scent by Miuccia Prada (yes, that Prada) and an accompanying story by US writer Louis Begley. Art is heading in every direction, innovating, hybridising, seeping into the everyday.

RealTime issue #107 Feb-March 2012 pg. 2

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