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 – Emerging Worlds 

Dates & Times
Wednesday, 20 April 2022

5–9 pm

1. To come up to the surface of or rise from water or other liquid
2. To come into view, as from concealment of obscurity
3. Foll by; to come out of or live through – Reverso dicitionary

Emergence suggests a change of state, a change of positionality and/or a reseeing of a known reality. Emerging Worlds is a bright imagining of potentiality and possibility for our future selves and future realities.

5.30 pm – Gathering (walk) with Anna Davis, 23rd Biennale of Sydney Curatorium member
Leaf walk – join Anna Davis for a stroll around Barangaroo Reserve and Walsh Bay Arts Precinct to see how leaf creatures dance at night, listen to animal sounds and visualise life underwater. Participate in a rambling exchange of ideas along the way, stopping to look at plants, talk about art and imagine the Biennale through more-than-human perspectives.

6–6.30 pm – Knowledge Holders (talk) with Dr Daisy Alexandra Ginsberg, 23rd Biennale of Sydney Participant 
Dr Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is an artist examining our fraught relationships with nature and technology. Through artworks, writing, and curatorial projects, Ginsberg’s work explores subjects as diverse as artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, conservation, biodiversity, and evolution, as she investigates the human impulse to “better” the world. But what does better mean? Who is it better for? And who gets to decide? Ginsberg will address these questions through discussion of some of her recent artworks, including The Substitute, the artificial reconstruction of a northern white rhinoceros, and her new work, Pollinator Pathmaker (, an artwork for pollinators originally commissioned by the Eden Project, Cornwall, UK. As humanity slowly acknowledges the impact of our progress on the natural world, and the need to make a damaged nature better, we have to ask: what does better mean and from whose perspective?

6.45–7.15 pm – Assembly (performance) with Georgia Saxelby – Rock Pool 
One stands at the edge of a rockpool as if at the edge of the known world. It is a microcosm of the universe, a haptic wonderland of mysterious creatures at once scintillating and treacherous for curious fingers. In a rock pool, we explore the dreamy deposits temporarily contained in between tides through intimate touch, learning about gooey matter that can burst, suction, crawl, clamp, shimmer or pop at any moment – our own personal education into texture, colour, pattern and sheen. For Assembly, installation artist Georgia Saxelby draws from the tactile pedagogy of a rock pool to present a new collection of “building substances,” speculative and fantastical construction materials for her own personal universe – building blocks for a dazzling architectural imaginary of tomorrow.

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 Del Lumanta starts at 7.15 pm.

7.45 pm – Projector (film)

The Bamboo Bridge
Year 2019
65 mins
Director: Juan Francisco Salazar

Every dry season, a 1.5km bamboo bridge is built across the Mekong, linking the rural island of Koh Paen to the city of Kampong Cham; and every year, the bridge is dismantled in the wake of the monsoon season. In 2017, the bamboo bridge was built for the last time and replaced by a new concrete bridge. This documentary follows three generations of bridge builders, who reveal stories from the bridge’s past, and look at Cambodia’s rapidly changing present.

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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.

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Participant Bios

Anna Davis

Anna Davis is a Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. She was recently co-curator of The National: New Australian Art (2019) and in 2015, curated the award-winning survey exhibition Energies: Haines & Hinterding which toured Christchurch Art Gallery: Te Puna o Waiwhetu, New Zealand and Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. She has curated many solo and group exhibitions at the MCA that include: Sun Xun (2018), Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy (2017) New Romance: Art and the Posthuman (2015/16), Workout: 7 days of experimental performance (2013) and Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro (2012). Anna has a Ph.D. in Media Arts from the University of NSW and publishes widely on contemporary art with a focus on experimental practice.

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is an artist examining our fraught relationships with nature and technology. Through artworks, writing, and curatorial projects, Ginsberg’s work explores subjects as diverse as artificial intelligence, exobiology, synthetic biology, conservation, biodiversity, and evolution, as she investigates the human impulse to “better” the world.

Del Lumanta

Del Lumanta is a Sydney based artist interested in skill share and intersections between art and music through independent community processes. Through their solo and collaborative music/sound projects they have supported Klein, Caterina Barbieri, Lucy Cliche, William Basinksi, Lawrence English, Jonathan Snipes, Rui Ho, Blues Control, Deerhoof, Container, Opal Beau, Aisha Devi and more. Their experimental works are varied and curious and have been presented at Dark Mofo, Vivid, Next Wave and Sydney Festival.

Juan Francisco Salazar

Juan Francisco Salazar is a Sydney-based, Chilean anthropologist, author and documentary filmmaker. He is a Professor at Western Sydney University, where he teaches documentary film studies. For over 20 years, he has undertaken ethnographic research and audiovisual work in Australia, Chile, Antarctica, Colombia, Cambodia, and Vanuatu. His previous films have been screened internationally in over 25 countries, and include Nightfall on Gaia, which screened at CPHDOX in 2015.

Georgia Saxelby

Georgia Saxelby is a visual artist working across interactive installations, performance and sculpture to construct architectural imaginaries. Based between Sydney and the US, her work reimagines futures, invites collective actions, and produces feminist counter-histories and mythologies. Her practice seeks to antagonise structures of architecture, power and history as a method of destabilising patriarchal systems.