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.
Art After Dark – Multispecies Justice
Dates & Times
Wednesday, 1 June 2022
Multispecies Justice decenters the human and questions what justice looks like for the more than human world. It acknowledges the radically diverse realities and needs of humans, animals and the environment and the everyday interactions that inevitably bind us all. Multispecies Justice is centered upon relationality and insists on the need to account for and value all species and beings.
5.30 pm – Gathering (walk) with Talia Linz, 23rd Biennale of Sydney Curatorium member – Dog Songs
Bring your four-legged friend on a scent-led stroll from Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay Arts Precinct to Barangaroo Reserve, inspired by poet Mary Oliver’s observations in Dog Songs: A dog can never tell you what she knows from the smells of the world, but you know, watching her, that you know almost nothing.
6–6.30 pm – Knowledge Holders (talk) with Professor Danielle Celermajer, USYD
Multispecies justice is not an idea or an ethic that can already be defined, but one we might be committed to acquire. To do so requires humans opening to other earth beings, so that we might attend and respond to what flourishing and becoming together means and feels like to them.
6.45–7.15 pm – Assembly (performance) with Bonita Ely – Slip Slap
A performative action that addresses the Baarka (Darling) River’s ongoing environmental disasters. Slip Slap extends Ely’s recent work – performance for camera, Menindee Fish Kill, (2019) through a live, in-person encounter.
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 JW Paton starts at 7.15 pm.
7.45 pm – Projector (film)
7min and 11 seconds
Credits: Michał Krawczyk, Giulia Lepori, Dondolo and Giorgiana
The short film Land/Scape is a multispecies ethnographic collaboration between humans and donkeys, in the permacultural site of Centre Thar dö Ling, in the Valley of Sagana (Sicily, Italy), where the land is being regenerated, and regenerative, through more-than-human ecological interactions. Land is shaped as land shapes.
The Great Silence Year
Producers: Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla
The Great Silence centres on the world’s largest radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, which transmits and scans for signals from the farthest reaches of the universe. As astronomers listen for signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence in outer space, the critically-endangered Amazona vittata parrots that surround the observatory ask: “why aren’t humans interested in our voices?”
Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay Arts Precinct
The Waterhouse at Barangaroo (Level 1)
Knowledge Holders (talk)
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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Danielle Celermajer is Deputy Director of the Sydney Environment Institute and lead of the Multispecies Justice project. Her latest book, Summertime (Penguin Random House, 2021) was written in recognition of the critical urgency of conveying the complex conceptual recognition of the multispecies harms of the climate catastrophe in ways that can provoke affect and hence action.
Bonita Ely’s multi-disciplinary artworks typically explore environmental, socio-political issues, often deploying humour as a viewer’s entré. 1970s London, New York, Australia – environmental destruction and consumerism foreshadowed recent artworks for Documenta14, addressing PTSD’s inter-generational effects. In Athens, Plastikus Progressus presented ironic, futuristic solutions to plastic pollution. Represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.
Michał Krawczyk and Giulia Lepori are doctoral candidates in the Environmental Humanities at Griffith University. Among other projects, their eco-cinema meditation How does a bark feel like? was presented at Vienna Biennale for Change 2021. The archive of their works can be found at: tarratarra.com.
Talia Linz is Curator at Artspace, Sydney, collaborating on solo and group exhibitions, new commissions, publications and multi-platform projects with contemporary artists across generations. She has worked throughout the arts in performance, radio and publishing, including as the Nick Waterlow OAM Curatorial Fellow at the Biennale of Sydney and assistant editor at Art & Australia. Her writing has been published in monographs, journals and exhibition catalogues for the National Gallery of Australia, MCA, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Hatje Cantz, and the European Capital of Culture, among others.