Rebecca Conroy, The Iron Lady

Rebecca Conroy

Rebecca Conroy is the initiator of Money Laundering and The Very Beautiful Laundromat project, which has been designed in response to a more than a decade of living and working as a freelance artist.

Rebecca works in an interdisciplinary manner as a director, curator, producer, researcher and writer across community, site-based events, discursive practices, and intercultural collaborations. For more than a decade, she has been a vital part of the artist-run scene in Sydney, co-founding and directing The Wedding Circle and Bill+Geroge, as well as Gang Festival, a creative exchange with Indonesian artist-run spaces and site-specific festival (2005 - 2008). She has worked with key arts organisations in Australia: Performance Space, Campbelltown Art Centre, Pact Theatre, ArtSpace, Urban Theatre Project, Watch this Space, Lismore Regional Art Gallery, as well as collaborating with many leading artists in Sydney and internationally. From 2011 - 2014 she was director of the large-scale experimental art housing project Yurt Empire. More recently Rebecca has been Dating an Economist, riding a Bike-Book-Machine, and running an artist-led Marrickville School of Economics. In late 2017 she appeared as the Iron Lady, a boutique experiential business shirt ironing venture commissioned by PADA and presented by VitalStatisix (Adelaide).

Joining Rebecca are Dario Vacirca and Onyx B Carmine.


IN RESIDENCE 2018

Onyx B Carmine also know as Sarah-Jane (S.J) Norman is a cross-disciplinary artist and writer. Whilst live performance remains the core of their practice, their work traverses’ installation, sculpture, text, video and sound, working with extended duration, task-based, and endurance practices, as well as intimate/one-to-one frameworks. Norman's artistic trajectory has been informed by numerous practices, disciplines and methodologies, having also studied a variety of physical disciplines including Suzuki Method, Feldenkrais and Bodyweather training with Martin Del Amo, De Quincy Co, Akaji Maro (Dairakudakan) and Yoshito Ohno (Kazuo Ohno studio). They have also performed and trained with Guillermo Gomez Peña and his company, La Pocha Nostra. In 2015, Norman was selected for Marina Abramovic: In Residence, a project initiated by Kaldor Public Art Projects. Select exhibitions and invitations include: Venice International Performance Week (IT), Spill Festival of Live Art (UK), Fierce Festival (UK), In Between Time (UK), Arnolfini (UK), Performance Space, Sydney (AU, Next Wave (AU) and the Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AU), Edinburgh Festival (UK) and Brisbane International Festival (AU), Melbourne Festival (AU), Dancehouse (AU), Tarnanthi Festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art (AU) and Tate Modern (UK).

Norman is also an accomplished writer of fiction, essays and poetry. They have won or placed in numerous literary awards, including: the inaugural Kill Your Darling Unpublished Manuscript Award, 2017, (Winner), The 2017 ABR/Elizabeth Jolley Award for Short Story (Longlisted); 2008 and 2009 Overland/Judith Wright Prize for Poetry (1st Runner Up and High Commendation); and the 2007 The DJ (Dinny) O'Hearn Award. They are currently co-editing a publication on Indigenous Australian interdisciplinary arts practice (Realtime/OpenCity, forthcoming). SJ was born on the un-ceded lands of the Gadigal people (Sydney), and is of Wiradjuri, Wonnarua and European heritage.

Dario Vacirca has worked extensively as an artist, arts manager, facilitator and director across Australia and internationally. His work is concerned with global flows and the unconscious, seeking to expose ethical issues that underpin human enterprise, and to facilitate utopian responses to how these can be shifted through pragmatic, visionary, collaborative artworks. Since 1999 he has created intimate solo and large-scale festival artworks – working across performance, video, installation, writing and participatory practices. Currently in development for the multi episodic video opera: La Vita Nuova and the large format verbatim video: 2Beaches, Dario is also collaborating on smaller artworks and expand his creative methodology combining psychoanalysis and transcendental art practice through doctoral studies in Visual Arts at Deakin University.