Shaun Gladwell: MADDESTMAXIMVS | Australian Pavilion | Venice Biennale 2009

Shaun Gladwell represented Australia at the 53rd International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 2009. The show was entitled MADDESTMAXIMVS and it brings together the artist’s trademark slowed-footage video installations of figures undertaking acts of physical virtuosity, with sculptural works and interventions into the fabric of the pavilion itself, such as a motorcycle that sticks in the outer wall of the building.

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“MADDESTMAXIMVS had been developed over a two-year period and marks a shift from Shaun Gladwell’s earlier focus on urban environments and engages instead in a personal exploration of the boundaries and possibilities of a human relationship to the Australian hinterland.” Vernissage Art TV

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The Beauty of Distance – Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age. | Part 2

Part 2 of an interview with David Elliott, artistic director of the 17th Sydney Biennale 2010.

In this the 2nd part of the interview, David Elliott talks about his reasons for the inclusion of Australian indigenous art and the art of first peoples globally. He discusses the relevance of Mario Mertz and Joseph Beuys to the theme and looks at the notions of ‘survival’ as it relates to the sub theme and discusses the inclusion of music in the Biennale.

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The Beauty of Distance – Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age | Part 1

This is part 1 of an interview with David Elliott, director of the Sydney Biennale 2010. The Sydney Biennale opens in May 2010 and will feature works from first nation peoples. In this interview David Elliott talks about his background, his rationale for the concept and title for the Sydney Biennale and it’s connection to the region and what is happening in contemporary art.  He also discusses the notion of ‘distance’ within the context of the concept for the Biennale. He also discuses the issue of notions of quality in art and his hopes for a shift in the dominant hegemony of Western Art.

This interview was conducted at Artane Gallery Istanbul in September of this year.

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