UK Artist, Richard Grayson sent an email to a bunch of country rock musicians from Erskinville, Sydney to see if they would rewrite and perform Handel’s Messiah for no money.
This 1:1 life-size ‘re-enactment’ of the Hubble Space Telescope – a space-based observatory that has revolutionised astronomy by providing deep and clear views of the universe – is constructed out of plywood and steel.
Berlin-based French artist Kader Attia fills one of the cavernous spaces in Cockatoo Island’s Turbine Hall with a 312-square-metre patchwork of corrugated iron and scrap roofing materials. The series of shanty town roofs collected by the artist, reflecting the conditions in which the majority of the world’s population lives, are installed at different angles to make a 350-square-metre patchwork of corrugated iron, satellite dishes and other scrap materials.
“The Feast of Trimalchio /2009″ by AES+F , is a nine- channel animation of over 75,000 photographs. With panoramic, immersive, sumptuous colour and a loud symphonic soundtrack, it depicts a contemporary version of a famous scene from Petronius’s Satyricon. In this neo-Brechtian twenty-first-century version, an orgy of consumerism reflects on the contemporary state of both Russia and the world.”
Warren Fahey is a cultural historian, author, performer and musical Jack-of All- trades specialising in Australian folklore and history. He claims to be a graduate of the School of Hard Knocks and the Dingo University. He was born in Sydney, 1946.
He has built a distinguished career as a record producer and broadcaster and has been honoured with many awards including Member of the Order of Australia in 1996, Australian Music Industry Person of the Year in 2000 and the Bush Laureate Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.
British graphic designer and typographer Jonathan Barnbrook was commissioned to create an expansive visual identity for the 17th Biennale of Sydney 2010, including the catalogue. he developed the corporate identity as a modular system so that it could be arranged in various ways.
The Biennale Keynote Address was delivered by Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto , whose site-specific installation Faraday Cage (2010) premiered in the old Power House on Cockatoo Island. Hiroshi Sugimoto is one of the most significant artists working in the medium of photography today.
For over 30 years, Australian artist Robert MacPherson has amassed a prodigious output that ranges from his abstract works of the mid-1970s, made in black and white with a common housepainter’s brush, to his text-based paintings of the 1980s and 1990s that consecrate the roadside vernacular of shop signs, placards and slang xpressions.
London-based three piece band the Tiger Lillies premiere their new ‘post-punk’ neo-Brechtian opera Cockatoo Prison (2010) about crimes and society’s attitude towards them.