Image: Installation view, 23rd Biennale of Sydney: rīvus, 2022, The Cutaway at Barangaroo. Photograph: Document Photograph.

Thursday 17 November 2022

Sydney, Australia: The rīvus journey continues on Google Arts & Culture with the launch of an immersive digital experience of the 23rd Biennale of Sydney.

Following the success of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020) digital exhibition on Google Arts & Culture, the Biennale expands on the platform with access to the 23rd Biennale of Sydney, titled rīvus, at The Cutaway, Barangaroo and Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay Arts Precinct.

With one click, users will experience site specific projects and living works alongside a selection of newly commissioned content, podcasts, exclusive participant interviews, workshops and audio readings from The Glossary of Water plus 360° tours of the exhibition featuring large-scale immersive installations. Users can get up close with Cave Urban’s Flowone of the largest bamboo structures ever produced in Australia, navigate Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson’s THE CLOUD IN THE OCEAN featuring a network of glass forms transporting water through a series of pathways, watch an exclusive video of Mike Parr’s live performance of Blind painting of a falling tree, and much more.

The 23rd edition was developed and realised by a Curatorium comprised of Artistic Director and Colombian curator José Roca and co-curators Paschal Daantos Berry, Anna Davis, Hannah Donnelly and Talia Linz. rīvus, meaning ‘stream’ in Latin, features new work and commissions responding to water ecology and relationships with the natural world.

Access to the 23rd Biennale of Sydney: rīvus on Google Arts & Culture is now live via this link –  

Barbara Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Biennale of Sydney said: ‘We are thrilled to be partnering with Google Arts & Culture for this second iteration of digitising the Biennale. The platform amplifies the pulse of rīvus with immersive content that audiences all over the world can enjoy. Most importantly, it creates new access points to the conversations and ideas ignited by the artists and participants that teach us about the world we live in, resonating on both hyper local and global contexts.’

Laurent Gaveau, Head, Google Arts & Culture Lab, said: ‘The Biennale of Sydney continues to bring together incredible contemporary artists from around the world, and it’s an honour to bring their works into a digital exhibition on Google Arts & Culture. rīvus offers a fresh perspective, inviting you to dive deep into conversations about our life-sustaining waterways. I will never forget Flow – 1,000 square metres of bamboo ebbing through The Cutaway, mimicking the fluidity of a river.’ 



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