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ON RAGNAR KJARTANSSON

Ragnar Kjartansson Sorrow Found Me When I Was Young

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Ragnar Kjartansson

The Visitors, 2012 (Still), Nine channel HD video projection. Duration: 64 minutes

Photos: Elísabet Davids. Sound: Chris McDonald. Video: Tómas Örn Tómasson 


PROJECTS 2013 


CONQUEST OF THE USELESS

KK+JLD & SUPERKALEIDOSCOPE

SYDNEY GUILD

LEVEL 1 | SUITE 7 | 66 OXFORD STREET DARLINGHURST SYDNEY 2010

FRIDAY 6 DECEMBER 2013 OPENS 6-8PM



Conquest of the Useless is a collaboration between artists KK+JLD and curatorial collective SuperKaleidoscope. The project explores the precarious relationship between aspirations and failure in reference to the ancient Greek myth of Sisyphus. The faulted hero Sisyphus was sentenced by the Gods to his interminable fate; of rolling a rock up a mountain only to watch it roll back down under its own weight. 

Addressing the melancholy and sense of poetic absurdity associated with our human longings and inevitable failings, the artists look to Albert Camus' essay 'The Myth of Sisyphus'.  In the text Camus argues that there is an underlying contradiction between what we want and what we find in the universe. Seeking meaning, order or reason, often all we uncover is amorphous chaos. He interprets Sisyphus' tragedy as a metaphor with which to acknowledge absurdity as the eternal human condition. He also reasons, however, that Sisyphus' awareness of the limitations of his existence in itself, seems to grant him a release, allowing him to transcend the physical tragedy. 

There is no more dreadful punishment -(STOP)- than futile and hopeless labor -(STOP)- Sisyphus is the absurd hero -(STOP)- the whole being -(STOP)- exerted toward accomplishing nothing -(STOP)- the cheek tight against the stone -(STOP)- at the very end of his long effort-(STOP)- measured by skyless space and time without depth -(STOP)- the purpose is achieved -(STOP)- it is during that return -(STOP)- that pause -(STOP)- that Sisyphus interests me -(STOP)- that is the hour of consciousness -(STOP)- he is superior to his fate -(STOP)- He is stronger than his rock -(STOP)- the absurd man, when he contemplates his torment, silences all the idols -(STOP)- Each atom of that stone -(STOP)- each mineral flake of that night filled mountain - (STOP)- in itself forms a world -(STOP)- the struggle itself toward the heights -(STOP)- is enough to fill a man's heart -(STOP)- One must imagine Sisyphus happy -(STOP)-

TELEGRAM CONTAINING EXCERPTS FROM THE MYTH OF SISYPHUS, ALBERT CAMUS

 

Image credits:

Left: KK+JLD, ROYGIBV, 2013.

Image courtesy of the artists.

Right: Sarah Mosca, Untitled, 2013.

Image Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Pompom


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body  


MONO NO AWARE

LINDEN CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS

INNOVATORS PROGRAM

16 NOVEMBER - 15 DECEMBER 2013

Lottie Consalvo, Paula Doepfner (GER), Christopher Hanrahan, Steven Harvey, KK+JLD, Paul Kos (USA), Finn Marchant, Todd McMillan, Gemma Messih, SLUSH, Marian Tubbs and Ken Unsworth

Mono no aware is an exhibition exploring the relationship between impermanence and beauty. The title refers to a Japanese concept which literally translates to 'the pathos of things' but the meaning of the phrase is subtly nuanced and has changed over time. Eighteenth century Japanese scholar Motoori Norinaga, derived the concept in his critique of 'Tale of Genji',  believing it to be the crucial emotion that moved readers. The idea predates Norinaga though to Heian times (794-1185), where aware was often used to described as the ‘ah!-ness of things’ -  the profound individual emotion one feels when encountering the beauty of a situation, object or person, whilst also being conscious of its frailty or fleeting nature. 

Some works in the exhibition evoke this feeling, creating moments of suspension and exploring the passing of time through cycles of impermanence. In them we see a tension between absence and presence;  form and formlessness; sound and silence. Other works reveal the poetic charm and emotional quality of things, reflecting a fascination with objects and their inner lives. 

Mono no aware is about an experience of beauty and time that is heightened by an understanding of its inevitable passing. It is about the wonder of beauty in the face of decay, of happiness that cannot last, about an appreciation of light in the knowledge of darkness.  We experience everything in the shadow of imminent departure.

With texts by: Amelia Groom, Sara Guetti (IT), SuperKaleidoscope

Curated by SuperKaleidoscope


Image credits: (Above left) KK+JLD Untitled, 2013. Image courtesy of the artists. (Above right:) Paul Kos Roping Boar's Tusk, 1971, single-channel video (transferred from Super-8 film). Image courtesy of the artist, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco and George-Philippe and Nathalie Vallois, Paris.


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body 


 

UPCOMING PROJECTS 

SYDNEY GUILD PRESENTS

Residency and Exhibition curated by SuperKaleidoscope

4 November - 29 November 2013  


PAST PROJECTS

Published in The Sydney Morning Herald, Weekend Business, Public Notices pg. 33. 


PARLOUR

Kaldor Public Art Projects Parlour, a creative new space where art, music, film, performance and hands-on workshops come together to explore and engage with Kaldor projects at night. 

Parlour brings a fresh approach to the Kaldor project artists' work in a variety of stimulating, entertaining and sometimes, surprising, ways. 

This year's Parlour will be guest-curated by SuperKaleidoscope

PARLOUR DATES: 12 & 19 April 2013 

Pier 2/3, Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay

13 ROOMS

Kaldor Public Art Project #27, entitled 13 Rooms, brings together 13 famous artists and more than 100 performers to present an innovative group exhibition of ‘living sculpture’ within 13 purpose-built rooms. This groundbreaking event will run for 11 days and has been curated by renowned museum directors and curators Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-director of London’s Serpentine Gallery, and Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1 in New York.

EVENT DATES: 11 - 22 April 2013

WEBSITE

CLICK HERE FOR PARLOUR PROGRAM #1 FRIDAY 12TH APRIL

CLICK HERE FOR PARLOUR PROGRAM #2 FRIDAY 19TH APRIL

 

DAS SUPERPAPER

RE: PERFORMANCE AND WHAT WE SPOKE ABOUT ON THE LAST DAY ON EARTH

Guest-edited by SuperKaleidoscope

To coincide with the arrival of the groundbreaking exhibition 13 Rooms in Sydney in April, this issue will analyse the shifting conditions and rising popularity of performance-related art, reflecting on the changing modes of production, presentation and documentation of performance art.

Contributors include: Amelia Groom, RoseLee Goldberg, Rebecca O'Dwyer, Bree Richards, Diana Smith and many more.


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Cover image: Babette Mangolte Trisha Brown "Roof Piece" 1973. © All rights reserved.

ARTSPACE OPEN STUDIO

FAIL BETTER

SuperKaleidoscope Open Studio Film Screenings

This selection of films is part of a larger curatorial project currently in development exploring notions of failure in reference to the ancient Greek myths of Icarus and Sisyphus.

The exhibition will revere romantic quests for the sublime, taken on with purpose and abandon, whilst investigating the latent 'failure' that lies in all such acts. The project will also investigate physical and emotional endurance, and address the melancholy, and sense of poetic absurdity, associated with our inevitable human failings and longings.

"All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."

Samuel Beckett, Worstward Ho (1983)

FILMS 'Deep Water' (2006) Directed by Louise Osmond, ‘Burden of Dreams’ (1982), Directed by Les Blank and 'Waiting for Godot' (2001) Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg.

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‘Photo-Sculpture pictures, objects and paradox’
MOP PROJECTS
13 SEPTEMBER - 30 SEPTEMBER 2012

Criena Court | Michaela Gleave | Gemma Messih | SuperKaleidoscope (Kim Fasher & Sarah Mosca) | Marian Tubbs

‘Photo-Sculpture pictures, objects and paradox’ is a group show bringing together inter-disciplinary artists Criena Court, Michaela Gleave, Gemma Messih, SuperKaleidoscope (Kim Fasher & Sarah Mosca) and Marian Tubbs.

The conceptual framework for P-S emerged from a conversation between the artists, regarding the changing nature of photographic representation. The discussion prompted questions concerning notions of authenticity, reality and observation and the paradoxes inherent in the presentation of photographs. Using photography in various ways within their practice, this group of artists explore the performative and sculptural possibilities of photographs.


Marian Tubbs A Sample Life 2011, (detail), satin print.


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ROCK MY WORLD CURATED BY SUPERKALEIDOSCOPE

Colleen Ahern
Justin Balmain
Heath Franco
Soda_Jerk
Konrad Smolenski
Ken Unsworth

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WEST SPACE SPECTACLE/OBSTACLE CURATED BY SUPERKALEIDOSCOPE

GRETA ALFARO | JUSTIN BALMAIN | REBECCA BAUMANN | TIM BRUNIGES

MICHAELA GLEAVE | PIA VAN GELDER

WEST SPACE MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

27 OCTOBER  - 19 NOVEMBER 2011

SuperKaleidoscope examines the brighter and darker facets of spectacle. Spectacle Obstacle explores the way artists deal with the concepts of spectacle and optimism through installation, video and sound. Threads that will be explored include the origins of the spectacle as a captivating event, the spectacular versus the real and the spectacle as a means of capturing sensations of joy and delight.

Rebecca Baumann’s work encourages the spectacle in a poetic pursuit to manufacture a single joyous moment. Similarly, Michaela Gleave attempts to create a sensory spectacle in order to invoke a child-like sense of delight in the viewer. Justin Balmain creates an environment of visual destruction, the chaos of the aftermath of an event being the spectacle. Greta Alfaro casts wild animals and beasts as protagonists in her captivating video works, creating visual metaphors of unpredictability, chaos and impermanence. Tim Bruniges’s sound works and video sequences draw the audience into immersive landscapes. Using everyday objects, Pia Van Gelder is an inventor, transforming found materials and combining them with electricity to create the spectacle of an orchestra of technology.

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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Kindly supported by

This project was assisted by a grant from Arts NSW, an agency of the New South Wales Government and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. The program is administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).

FIRSTDRAFT EMERGING CURATORS PROGRAM

SPECTACLE/OBSTACLE CURATED BY SUPERKALEIDOSCOPE

GRETA ALFARO | JUSTIN BALMAIN | REBECCA BAUMANN | MICHAELA GLEAVE | PIA VAN GELDER

FIRSTDRAFT GALLERY SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

SPECTACLE/OBSTACLE analyses and critiques the concept of the spectacle. The exhibition examines the brighter and darker facets of spectacle such as the spectacular versus the real, the origins of the spectacle as a captivating event and the spectacle as a means of capturing sensations of joy and delight. The exhibition brings together installation, kinetic sculpture, sound, video and performance.


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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.




A PERFECT DAY TO CHASE TORNADOES (WHITE)

CURATED BY KIM FASHER FOR SUPERKALEIDOSCOPE

Kunstquartier Bethanien Studio 1

8 OCTOBER - 17 OCTOBER 2010

The title of the exhibition A Perfect Day to Chase Tornadoes (White) finds its inspiration in a song by country singer Jim White. Artists are constantly chasing something, be it inspiration, new ideas or audiences, and in that search they are often drawn outside the realms of comfort and experience. This exhibition features a collection of Australian artists, who in their pursuits, have found themselves together in a foreign land.

A Perfect Day to Chase Tornadoes (White) represents a vibrant and diverse showcase of young Australian artists.

André Bowen, Tim Bruniges, Harriet Clare, Lottie Consalvo, James Drinkwater, Kim Fasher, Denise ferrante, Michaela Gleave, Piers Greville, Christopher Horder, Zoe Keogh, Jordana Maisie, Sarah Mosca and Melissa Ramos.


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Jordana Maisie The Real Thing, 2008, interactive installation, dimensions variable.  

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


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