Culture Guide: 17 – 23 January

January 17th 2022


“Tarnanthi is a platform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the country to share important stories. The name (pronounced tar-nan-dee) comes from the language of the Kaurna people, the traditional owners of the Adelaide Plains. It means to come forth or appear – like the sun and the first emergence of light.”

WHO: Art Gallery of South Australia
WHERE: Online
WHEN: 15 Oct 2021 – 30 Jan 2022
HOW MUCH: Free, more here


Thao Phan: Listening to Misrecognition

“This experimental presentation by feminist technoscience researcher Thao Phan brings together critical work on race and algorithmic culture with new techniques for dissecting and analysing automatic speech recognition, applied to personal and public archives drawn from Thao’s life and research on race.”

WHO: Thao Phan & Liquid Architecture
WHERE: Online (Zoom, Youtube & Facebook)
WHEN: Tuesday 19 Jan, 6:30pm
HOW MUCH: Free, more here


Dubious Desire Revisited

Dubious Desire surveys the mechanics of doubt and desire. This body of work continues Tonee Messiah’s  practice of relational observation between psychological states and their reverberation in physical sensations.

Doubt and desire are explored as impulses that perform in opposition to each other but exist in close proximity.”

WHO: Gallery9 & Tonee Messiah
WHERE: 9 Darley St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
WHEN: 19th January-19th February
HOW MUCH: Free (By Appointment). More here


ASMR | Endless Butterfly Kisses

ASMR | ENDLESS BUTTERFLY KISSES is a generative ASMR experience in which 15 butterflies flutter in and out of audibility.

Following (FBi Radio 2021 ‘Best Artist’ SMAC Award nominee) Akil Ahamat’s interest in the therapeutic uses of online ASMR role-play videos, this work functions as an experiment that extrapolates a single aural motif into an endlessly evolving listening experience.”

WHO: 4A Contemporary & Akil Ahamat
WHERE: Online
WHEN: Permanently online
HOW MUCH: Free, more here


Return to Sender

“Installed in the Carriageworks public space, Return to Sender is a large-scale wall assemblage by acclaimed Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens. 

The installation reworks found postcards picturing First Nations people from the turn of last century with contemporary representations of First Nations Australians in an act of pride and defiance.”

WHO: Karla Dickens
WHERE: Carriageworks
WHEN: 6 – 30 Jan
HOW MUCH: Free, more here


A Tangled Bank

“Against this backdrop, A Tangled Bank brings together contemporary artists who draw on organic materials – often found, recycled, or repurposed – to create works that act as vessels to hold and transfer corporeal, ecological, and cultural bodies of knowledge. The exhibition considers the inherent qualities of the materials utilised by the artists, as a conduit to access complex and often overlooked narratives.”

WHO: Penrith Regional Gallery
WHERE: 86 River Road, Emu Plains, NSW, 2750
WHEN: 15 Jan – 17 April


Presence of Mind

“Presence of Mind is a residency and exhibition project that examines the intersection of mindfulness, Buddhism and the creative process of visual artists in Australia and Singapore.

The exhibition foregrounds the practice of mindfulness, increasingly adopted as a strategy to cope with the stresses of modern living.”

WHO: Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios
WHERE: Upper Level, 164 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove NSW 2066
WHEN: 10 Dec 2021 – 26 Feb 2022
HOW MUCH: Free, more here


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