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 – Ancestral Technologies

Dates & Times
Wednesday, 27 April 2022

5–9 pm

Ancestral Technologies is a multidimentional practice that reflects on Indigenous philosophy, methodology, design, and technology globally. It acknowledges the intrinsic relationship Ancestors held with place and Country that is consciously and unconsciously sustained within the minds and bodies of future generations.

5.30 pm – Gathering (walk) with Amrit Gill
Through her walk Amrit Gilll will open up a space for informal dialogue and exchange, reflecting upon how Ancestral Technologies and the stories which carry these histories and knowledges onwards shape and inform her practice and her way of being in the world today with her cultural self.

6–6.30 pm – Knowledge Holders (talk) with Aidan Hartshorn
Through reconnection of people and ancestral belongings, echoes of long told stories, lore and law, method and perspective are revealed. Once common, everyday actions thought lost, merely lay dormant waiting to be revitalised. Although having been disrupted from their original intent, Ancestral Belongings hold knowledges passed on from the very first teachings; and it here that First Nations people bend time through reconnection. “The absence of evidence Is not evidence of absence” attributed to Martin Rees.

6.45–7.15 pm – Assembly (performance) with Sweatshop / Sara Saleh 
A performance reading about longing, love, and liberation — how a single moment can alter our lives forever.

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 Chunyin (DJ set) starts at 7.15 pm.

7.45 pm – Projector (film)
Xeex bi du jeex Year
70 mins
Directors: Raphaël Grisey, Bouba Touré and Kaddù Yaraax

Xeex Bi Du Jeex – A Luta Continua, is a theatre play performance and a film resulting from a workshop held in 2018 in Dakar with Bouba Touré, Raphaël Grisey and Kàddu Yaraax. The workshop consisted of conversations with Bouba Touré and Raphaël Grisey around the archives of the cooperative of Somankidi Coura, followed by improvisations with methods from the Theatre of the Oppressed.

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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

The Biennale of Sydney strives to make all events accessible. You can advise us of your access requirements when booking online, by email or calling our box office on 02 8484 8702.

Box Office Opening Hours
Monday – Friday
9 am–4 pm
02 8484 8702
Email – art@biennaleofsydney.com.au

Participant Bios


Chunyin is the dance-oriented project of Sydney-based singer/producer, Rainbow Chan. Chunyin crafts abstracted electronic forms, punctuated by jacking rhythms and unrelenting layers of signal degradation. Chunyin’s debut EP “Code Switch” was released on UK label, Off Out. The follow up “Pseudo Promitto” EP was released on DECISIONS Records.

Amrit Gill

Amrit Gill is an arts and cultural worker of Punjabi Sikh heritage and the Artistic Director/CEO of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. She is an experienced producer, programmer and strategist with expertise in international relations, community development and social enterprise.

Aidan Hartshorn

Aidan Hartshorn is a Walgalu man of the Ngurmal Nation, situated in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains region in New South Wales. Aidan was raised by his parents who are both of colonial and Indigenous decent. In 2019, Aidan participated in the National Gallery’s Indigenous Arts Leadership Program, and after completion was selected as the Wesfarmers Assistant Curator at the National Gallery of Australia. Through the program, Aidan joins an incredible cohort of Indigenous curators, educators and leaders who ensure that First Nations presences are held within cultural institutions.

Sara Saleh

Sara Saleh is a poet and writer whose pieces have been published in English and Arabic in various national and international outlets. Sara is co-editor of the 2019 anthology Arab, Australian, Other, and the first poet to win both the 2021 Peter Porter Poetry Prize and the Judith Wright Poetry Prize 2020. She is currently developing her debut novel Songs For The Dead and The Living (Affirm Press 2023).

Sweatshop is a literacy movement based in Western Sydney which is devoted to empowering culturally and linguistically diverse communities through reading, writing and critical thinking. Our movement provides research, training, mentoring and employment opportunities for emerging and established writers and arts practitioners from Indigenous and non-English speaking backgrounds.

Raphaël Grisey, Bouba Touré and Kaddù Yaraax

Kàddu Yaraax Forum Theater company founded in 1994, and based in the Lebou village of Yarakh in Dakar and active throughout Senegal. Raphaël Grisey. Born in 1979, lives in Berlin. Grisey uses film, editorial and photographic works to address politics of memory, architecture, migration and agriculture.

Bouba Touré, born in 1948, lives in Paris and Somankidi Coura, Mali. A photographer since the 1970s, he documented the lives and struggles of migrant workers and peasants in France and Mali. Since 2006 Touré and Grisey worked together on collaborative projects with the current name of Sowing Somankidi Coura, a Generative Archive since 2015. It lead to various workshops, film and theatre production.