Make Art After Dark your new mid-week meet up. 

Every Wednesday throughout the exhibition from 5–9 pm you can experience the 23rd Biennale of Sydney at Barangaroo late into the night alongside a variety of weekly programs inspired by the works and themes of rīvus.

Stay the whole night and experience everything or choose your own adventure. Gather and walk with friends, participate in performance and watch cutting-edge contemporary films from around the world. 

Grab a drink at the bar with P&V Wines or at Galleria Campari and grab a burger at Mary’s in The Cutaway.

Art After Dark – Alternative Pedagogies

Dates & Times
Wednesday, 8 June 2022

5–9 pm

Alternative Pedagogies looks toward how we can share space together, learn from each other and absorb knowledge – differently. It questions the traditional teacher/student relationship, where learning happens and how it is facilitated, by often acknowledging the teacher in all – spirit, land, water and intergenerational humans.

5.30 pm – Gathering (walk) with Lleah Smith – H2O Embassy(s) Performative Walk

Let us walk. 

Let us shout.

Let us move beyond our human skin. 

150 flags have been created by young people inspired by site-specific water bodies and the organisms that live within them. Grounded in the practice of rīvus participant Embassy of the North Sea, together we imagined – What do coral think about? What does a crab desire? How do tadpoles survive in the gutters of Jakarta?

We have built Embassy(s) tied to place that honour these diverse entities. We will bring puddles, pools, swamps, saunas, baths, rock pools, oceans, seas, gutters and so many more watery realms to life through marching together.

Please note: This is a participatory performative walk. You will be expected to chant the names of the newly built embassy(s) with the group.

6–6.30 pm – Knowledge Holders (livestreamed talk) with Caroline Woolard
Caroline Woolard is committed to the solidarity economy considering the different ways we can be in the world, together. Woolard will share her radical practice directly referencing her recent projects Trade School, a self-organised learning community that ran on barter, Making and Being Making and Being a framework for teaching art that emphasizes contemplation, collaboration, and political economy and a platform that connects cultural innovators across silos who do not know one another well, but are building the cultural economy they want.

6.45–7.15 pm – Assembly (performance) with Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris – I’m Raining in Your Lungs – A Score for Sensing the Hydrocene
The performance for this week of Assembly will revolve around rain and sensing, it will be an encounter within the space where participation meets precipitation. The performance begins with a reading of rain as the first dance, and then moves into other precipitational parts of the Hydrocene, a term I propose for the dramatic planetary shift towards thinking with and collaborating with water during the current climate crisis.

7–7.45 pm – Wednesdays Up Late at Galleria Campari  (live music)
Campari has collaborated with Sydney musician and composer Megan Alice Clune to bring you Wednesdays Up Late at Galleria Campari. Megan has curated a 13 week program of experimental, ambient and new classical music from both emerging and established Sydney/NSW musicians that will be framed with projections by artist, Carla Zimbler.  Join us in Galleria Campari and experience the diverse landscape of Sydney and NSW music alongside mesmerising projections. 

Performance by MP Hopkins starts at 7.15 pm.

7.45 pm – Projector (film)

O Horizon
81 mins
Director: Otolith Group

The title refers to the surface layer of soil, changed in the area around Santiniketan as the result of Tagore’s introduction of new flora in development of the campus. In studying this trajectory, the film extends The Otolith Group’s ongoing consideration of the Anthropocene, a premise that denotes that the current geological age is one wherein human activity spurs the primary changes on climate and the environment. Commissioned by Bauhaus Imaginista and co-produced with the Rubin Museum, with kind support of Project 88. Courtesy of The Otolith Group & LUX, London.



Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay Arts Precinct
Gathering (walk)

The Waterhouse at Barangaroo (Level 1)
Knowledge Holders (talk)
Assembly (performance)
Projector (film)

The Cutaway at Barangaroo (Ground Level)
Wednesdays Up Late at Galleria Campari (live music)
Mary’s and P&V

Free – including all programs and exhibition entry

Wednesdays Up Late at Galleria Campari is free to attend, no bookings required

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Participant Biographies

Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris

Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris is a Swedish/Australian curator and lecturer who works on the politics and poetics of water in the context of eco-aesthetics and curatorial theory. She is a lecturer at Stockholm University and doctoral candidate at UNSW, where she has developed a curatorial theory of art and water in the climate crisis, entitled the ‘Hydrocene’.

MP Hopkins

MP Hopkins is an artist working on Gadigal land (Sydney, Australia) who makes audio, performance, radiophonic, and textual works. He uses voice, feedback, recording/playback devices, and verbal notation within different acoustic environments, which are deconstructed and presented to the listener in delicate and degraded ways.
Hopkins has released recordings with Penultimate Press, Canti Magnetici, Tahalamos, Albert’s Basement, Mappa Editions, Aussenraum Records and Regional Bears. He has performed locally at events organised by the NOW now, Liquid Architecture, Avantwhatever, and The Make it Up Club. International appearances include Café Oto, UK; LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore; Les Ateliers Claus, Belgium; TUSK Festival, UK; and Colour Out of Space Festival, UK. He has worked with numerous people including Lucy Phelan (Half High), Mark Harwood, Renato Grieco (Double Goocher Shop), Alexandra Spence, Elise Harmsen, and Laura Altman.

He has exhibited work in various artist-run and public institutions such as Firstdraft Gallery, 55 Sydenham Rd Gallery, Knulp, Artspace, Casula Arts Centre, Penrith Regional Gallery, the MCA, SCA Galleries, Private Projects, Gertrude Contemporary, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, and TCB Gallery.

Lleah Smith

Lleah Smith is a pedagogical practitioner. She has worked across Australia and India since 2011. At the core of her practice is an interest in collaboration and knowledge exchange where ‘learning’ is the medium, the artwork and the education. Smith is fascinated by the ‘educational-turn’ in contemporary art-making and the radical changes and pedagogical shifts impacting how we teach and how we learn. She engages in making, writing and research and is the Curator, Programs and Learning at the Biennale of Sydney the third oldest Biennale in the world. Smith is also a Teaching Associate at Monash University.

The Otolith Group

The Otolith Group’s work is research based and spans the moving image, audio, performance, installation, and curation. It incorporates film making and post-lens-based essayistic aesthetics that explore the temporal anomalies, anthropic inversions, and synthetic alienation of the posthuman, the inhuman, the non-human, and the complexity of the environmental conditions of life we all face.

Caroline Woolard

Caroline Woolard makes sculptures, platforms, and events to imagine and enact relationships of cooperation and mutual aid. Woolard is a core organizer of and has co-founded a number of initiatives, including,, BFAMFAPhD, and MakingandBeing. Woolard’s work has been featured at MoMA, in a monograph, and on New York Close Up, a digital film series broadcast on PBS.