NSW Parliamentary Plein Air Photography Prize

NSW Parliamentary Plein Air Photography Prize.

Call for entries for ‘NSW Parliamentary Plein Air Photography Secondary Schools Competition’

The Parliamentary Photography Prize is now in its second year and for the first time is now open to secondary school students. If you are interested, go to



Please read the conditions of entry, as this is the first time digital upload has been incorporated into the submission process.

Cao Fei | RMB City | Installation

“Taking part in the exhibition Utopia Matters at the Deutsche Guggenheim, Chinese artist Cao Fei presents a unique and “cozy” installation of the virtual space RMB City. RMB City is a project that involves the creation of a virtual city and art platform in the online 3D world of SecondLife.“Playing on the idea of ‘private utopias’ and the splitting between a ‘real’ and physical space and a virtual ideal world, RMB City takes the shape of an intimate room where visitors can actively experience its virtual existence. Through SL portals, videos, press material and old project installations visitors can actually enter Cao Fei’s utopian world as if they were in their own bedrooms”. (Cao Fei).” Vernissage Art

At the forefront of contemporary practice, Cao Fei successfully negotiates the integration of RPG’s into a mainstream practice. She is one of the few artists to embrace contemporary online cultural phenomena and receive the recognition of major galleries.

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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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