News :: 19th Biennale of Sydney Public Program

January 29th 2014


So your deepest desire is to watch the life cycle of a fly play out in ridiculously detailed 35mm film, projected onto the old walls of a historic pier, while a symphony orchestra plays a live score?

Of course it is. Why wouldn’t it be?

We have good news. Finally this dream is going to be realised through the epic cinematic sound experience of Henrik Håkansson’s THE END.

This is just one of the highlights of the 19th Biennale of Sydney’s public program that was announced yesterday. The stellar line-up of artists also includes Tacita Dean, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Nathan Coley, Hubert Czerepok, Douglas Gordon, Callum Morton and John Stezaker, among others, alongside curators and academics including Professor Russell Ferguson, Agnieszka Pindera, Stephanie Rosenthal and Professor Semir Zeki.

This year’s theme, You Imagine What You Desire, is a celebration of the artistic imagination and ability of artists to create immersive environments, as well as a reminder that art’s power lies in its co-existence with cultural, political, social and climatic environments. It will guide a busy schedule of talks, tours, events, performances and screenings around Sydney, all completely free to the public.

Highlights for the diaries are the Keynote Address at City Recital Hall by artist Douglas Gordon, the Artist One-on-One Program which will allow members of the public to be randomly paired with artists, a panel discussion at Carriageworks about artists immersing themselves into communities and creating documentary-style films and the unveiling of a major new artwork commissioned for Sydney by artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller.

And, of course, the fly.

What: 19th Biennale of Sydney – You Imagine What You Desire
When: 21 March – 9 June 2014
Where: Around town
How much: No dollars! But booking is a good idea.  



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