Siteworks 2015 features over a dozen works from some of the country’s leading artists, many of which have been developed specifically for the event.
Working with NIDA second year Staging students.
What happens when our buildings turn feral and run amok? In their tumultuous and chaotic reorganisation they threaten to devour and swallow up habitats, favouring error, catastrophe, inevitable decay. These constructions morph animal and organized matter, signalling what might remain after mankind has exited. With a mind of their own, they are inappropriate, will not stand for the purpose for which they were intended.
Two very large white rabbits, illuminated in stark white light, will be invading Bundanon. The rabbit is an animal of contradiction in Australia? They are both an out-of-control pest, while also representing the fairy tale animals from our childhood – a furry innocence, frolicking through idyllic fields. Intrude deliberately evokes this cutesy image, and a strong visual humour, to lure you into the artwork only to reveal the more serious environmental messages in the work.
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo
Erth bring their famous dinosaur puppets to Riversdale. Meet awesome prehistoric creatures, from cute baby dinos to some of the largest carnivores and herbivores that have ever walked the planet! Erth’s dinosaurs are unmistakably ‘alive’ and mostly friendly in this fun, educational and unique performance.
Australia’s wilderness areas are vast, stretching across huge tracts of land, the bush shelters many creatures, some familiar and some decidedly mysterious. What is lurking out there in the darkness of the night? Are you brave enough to walk beyond the fire light into the bush… The bush can be a treacherous place, be prepared, there are beasts out there.
Get bent in a live silent disco performance with the multi-mongrel-media arts collective, ZENDER BENDER. With one set of headphones choose your tunes from three audio channels while these flamboyant junk recyclers light up discarded white goods with a digital frenzy of projected colour and pattern. Experience a bright burrowing into feral phenomenons of illegal dumping, hyper-consumerism and scrap economies.
Jamie and Aspasia will be exploring the literal interpretation of ‘Feral’ amongst fragments of the untamed wilderness. Audiences will be navigated through a selection of archival educational films, news reports, documentaries and many other sources stored in the Mu-Meson Archives. Jamie and Aspasia will take audiences beyond the wild into the world of the anomalous!
Barbay’s Nature Display
Vanessa is a visual artist whose practice developed into an obsession with collecting and representing dead animals. Her paintings and drawings of dead creatures have a tormented beauty, detached and floating in paint, with body parts missing or twisted. Her choice of subject has a familial origin, as her father practised as a taxidermist in her childhood. She and her father will create an installation from both their work in the Boyd Education Centre.
The Feral Amongst Us
Bundanon commissioned artist Lucas Ihlein to create a ‘mind map’ of the feral experience for this year’s Siteworks. Lucas’ hand made print will be on sale during the event and through the Big Fag Press. Lucas often works collaboratively with groups such as Big Fag Press, SquatSpace, Teaching and Learning Cinema and Network of UnCollectable Artists. His interdisciplinary practice can take the form of performances, expanded cinema events, re-enactments, lithographic prints, writing, public lectures and blogs
Flat Pack Feral
A fantasy of alienated feral existence is rendered in a neatly packaged and participatory form.A wooden palette of cardboard boxes is placed at the edge of an area of Bundanon forest. Ikea-style instructions explain that viewers should move the boxes up into the forest and then open them to explore their contents.The boxes contain bits and pieces of the detritus of a feral existence – a tent, sleeping bag, clothes, cooking gear, trash and pages from an incoherent journal.Additional instructions explain what to do with these items – how they should be assembled and arranged.
The campsite is put together in the morning and left up for that day and night.It is returned into the flat pack boxes and placed back on the palette early the next morning.
The aim is to play up contradictions and subterranean alignments between the disorder of a marginal existence and the regularities of commodity form - between entropy and systematic procedure.
Renowned physical theatre group Branch Nebula are working with locals to create a high powered athletic performance.
Two performers chain themselves to stakes, to test their limits and strip themselves of civility. With ritual, endurance, dancing and fighting they construct a self-made mythology. A twenty-minute video shot at Bundanon to be screened deep in the bush.
With the Sydney University of Technology design and architecture students’ Architectural installation
What happens when we consciously make something that sits in contrast and deliberately tries to deviate as far from the existing context as possible. This work proposes that anti-context can become a generative device for new experience and knowledge, where the context/meaning is stripped away, and one is left with a series of new relations that can be made sense of in an infinite number of ways.
Feral Journey: a guided tour of the botanical reality of Riversdale
Diego takes us on a walk around Riversdale to show us what’s really going on in the plant world around us.
Blast scum cull me dead in a body borrowed
My flesh has learnt to separate. Blotched bits drop off every night, like the species that disappear every day as we white people push further and further into and against this land. The body is undone, the skin saturated with sensations sucked out of the ground. Images are hauled through. The emergent matter holds in the tissue for a brief moment...
U.F.O. (UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE OBJECT)
Audiences are invited to make a pilgrimage to a shrine in the bush, where Rakini Devi explores the theme of “alien” in the Australian bush, inspired by her concept of the post-apocalyptic female, female as foreign object in a strange environment, and the solitude of the displaced.
BioPods_02, the Nebuchadnezzar suites
A set of intriguing objects located in a green field that allow a visitor to enter and meditate on a sound narrative, or for a moment to perhaps become Nebuchadnezzar.
Team MESS will stage a live radio show that will play with Siteworks as both an arts festival and a symposium event, and will do so in a way where form and content meet together in a discursive fashion. It’s like… will act as a framing device to engage in performative conversations with those attending Siteworks, whether that be as a presenter or as a punter.