Culture Guide: 24 February – 1 March

February 23rd 2020
Monday 24 February

Afro-Cuban Dance Classes

Learn how to do the Afro-Cuban Rumba!

WHAT: Dance Class
WHEN: Monday 24 February, 7-9pm
WHERE: La Fiesta Dance Factory
HOW MUCH: Not advertised, more details here

Inner West Film Forum

The IWFF is a non-profit group dedicated to the screening of important and too infrequently seen films and documentaries and providing a community forum for discussion of issues of social, political and cultural concern.

WHAT: Film Screenings
WHEN: Monday 24 February, 7:30-10:20pm
WHERE: Petersham Bowling Club
HOW MUCH: $12-54 on the door, more details here

Tuesday 25 February

Epigenetic Maternal Landscapes

Epigenetic Maternal Landscapes remakes iconic historical obstetric models and illustrations using conceptual materials to link body–environment relations with maternal lived experiences.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Tuesday 25 February, 5-8pm
WHERE: Kudos Gallery
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Centre of the Centre

Co-published with Confort Moderne (Poitiers) and UQ Art Museum (Brisbane), this 200 page full-colour book has been designed by Clemens Habicht, Collider (Sydney), to reflect the elegance of O’Callaghan’s approach. Featuring major new texts from leading Australian academic and writer Professor Edward Scheer, University of New South Wales (Sydney); Daria de Beauvais, Senior Curator, Palais de Tokyo (Paris); and Kathryn Weir, Director, Madre Contemporary Art Museum (Naples) in conversation with Elizabeth Povinelli, Columbia University (New York). The book also includes interviews between the artist and marine geologist, Dr. Daniel J. Fornari, Emeritus Research Scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Artspace Executive Director, Alexie Glass-Kantor, in addition to nine original short texts on existing works over the last ten years.

WHAT: Book Launch
WHEN: Tuesday 25 February, 6:30pm
WHERE: Kronenberg Mais Wright
HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP here

Wednesday 26 February

Queer Art After Hours

Co-produced with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras for the fourth year running, the Gallery bursts with queerness! It’s spectacular, it’s glorious, it’s powerful: it’s Queer Art After Hours.

WHAT: Party
WHEN: Wednesday 26 February, 5-10pm
WHERE: Art Gallery of New South Wales
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Pollyxenia Joannou: Supervention

Images depicted speak of absence, impressions, traces and memory relating to structures of a by-gone and present-day landscape. This translation from the physical landscape and my personal historical experience is then broken down in the studio through shapes, proportions and the tactility of materials and mediums.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Wednesday 26 February, 6-8pm
WHERE: Gallery 9
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Thursday 27 February

Oldboy

FilmSoc returns with a vengeance in 2020! Join us for a screening of the gripping revenge tale that is Park Chan-wook’s OLDBOY. Not for the faint-hearted, this masterpiece of South Korean cinema promises to shock, disgust and delight! Join us beforehand at Hermann’s Bar for welcome drinks and pizza!

WHAT: Film Screening
WHEN: Thursday 27 February, 5-8:30pm
WHERE: Hermann’s Bar
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Dean Cross: A Sullen Perfume

In defiance of easy labels and easy answers, “A Sullen Perfume” continues Cross’ nuanced evaluation of 21st century life through retellings of personal narrative, collective culture and references to Country. Steeped with rich layers of meaning drawn from a diverse array of sources, Cross takes us on a complex journey of enquiry.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Thursday 27 February, 6-8pm
WHERE: Yavuz Gallery Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Friday 28 February

Queer Poetry Slam: What Matters?

Discover Australia’s most subversive and boldly original queer poets at our raucous poetry competition. Our slammers tell us what matters as we heat up the historic Cell Block Theatre with words of protest, love, rage and power. With a special guest host and some guest performances throughout the Slam, we’ve got the night before Mardi Gras Parade completely covered.

WHAT: Poetry Slam
WHEN: Friday 28 February, 6:30-10pm
WHERE: National Art School
HOW MUCH: $15-$20, get tickets here

Newtown LED and Flow Jam

Join us at Camperdown Park near the restrooms for a fun-filled night of flow arts. At this time the jam will be non-fire props only. We will notify you on the day if weather conditions are suitable for fire spinning. The area is well-lit so feel free to bring your favorite toys/props and well-behaved pets.

WHAT: Flow Jam
WHEN: Friday 28 February, 8:30-11:30pm
WHERE: Camperdown park
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Saturday 29 February

Kate Mitchell

In its final days, hear artist Kate Mitchell discuss the work behind All Auras Touch with Carriageworks’ Head Curator of Visual Arts Beatrice Gralton.
All Auras Touch is a snapshot of contemporary Australia revealed through the process of photographing human energy fields, otherwise known as auras. Taking the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations as the starting point, artist Kate Mitchell will photograph the aura of one person for each of the 1,023 recognised occupations.

WHAT: Artist Talk
WHEN: Saturday 29 February, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Carriageworks
HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP here

Autibiographical Art: Theory and Practice

Discover the theoretical foundations of Autobiographical Art, the philosophy behind it and how it has manifest through many artists’ works. You will also have the opportunity to express your own creativity through practical demonstrations of art making using objects of your choosing. Extracting select autobiographical moments, you will explore the possibility of turning them into art objects: an old photograph, a book, a dress, a figurine or a piece of jewellery you will learn how to photograph them and transform them visually to tell your story.

WHAT: Education Course
WHEN: Saturday 29 February, 10am-4pm
WHERE: WEA Sydney
HOW MUCH: $110, enrol here

Sunday 1 March

Mark Brown: Defilade

War isn’t just an inconvenience happening to strangers on the other side of the world – it touches us all. When we think of contemporary warfare, some of the images that pour unbidden into our heads are: the lurid video game-like footage from Desert Storm; scored bullet holes in the walls of Beirut, Kigali and Belgrade; miserable, contorted faces of people unknown to us. It’s so easy to believe that war is something that happens elsewhere – in another realm entirely separate, yet parallel to this one.

WHAT: Exhibition Closing
WHEN: Sunday 1 March, 2-4pm
WHERE: Our Neon Foe
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Saint Maud Q&A Screening

The debut film from writer-director Rose Glass (and the latest feature from A24), Saint Maud is a chilling and boldly original vision of faith, madness, and salvation in a fallen world. Maud, a newly devout hospice nurse, becomes obsessed with saving her dying patient’s soul — but sinister forces, and her own sinful past, threaten to put an end to her holy calling.

WHAT: Film Screening
WHEN: Sunday 1 March, 9-11pm
WHERE: Ritz Cinemas
HOW MUCH: $16.50-21.50, get tickets here

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