Production still from the film “River of Fundament”, by Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler; cinematographer David Regen. Courtesy Matthew Barney
Gird your loins, people: Matthew Barney is coming to Australia in November for the very first time, courtesy of David Walsh’s Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart.
The provocative artist, best known for his epic five-film Cremaster Cycle, is bringing his River of Fundament project, comprised of a film and an exhibition of large-scale sculpture, film stills, storyboards, drawings and performance.
Loosely inspired by Norman Mailer’s 1983 novel Ancient Evenings (set in Ancient Egypt), the film River of Fundament (made by Barney and his long-time collaborator, composer Jonathan Bepler) is described by the artist as “an epic story of regeneration and rebirth” taking place in three major American cities: LA, New York and Detroit. It previously showed at Adelaide Festival, in March 2014.
The exhibition, which premiered early this year at Munich’s Haus der Kunst, presents the ‘artefacts’ of the creative process, or ritual: large scale “narrative sculptures”, storyboards and film stills, drawings.… Read more
It’s one of the biggest days of the year for house music lovers in Sydney – that glorious all-day affair on the steps at Mrs Macquarie’s Point when DJs from around the world play some beats against the stunning harbour backdrop. And this year’s Harbourlife promises to be another winner. The just-announced lineup features Kygo, Dusky, Lee Foss, Classixx (DJ set – let’s hope they play their mix of the Preatures’ ‘Is This How You Feel?’), Miguel Campbell, Thomas Jack and Mark Farina. Expect more acts to be announced in the lead-up to the big event on Sat Nov 8.… Read more
The long love affair between Australia and one of the biggest pop music successes of the ’90s remains as torrid as ever. Two years after their hugely successful, sold-out national tour, Aqua is returning for another round. The group, who topped the ARIA charts with the songs ‘Barbie Girl’ and ‘Doctor Jones’ in 1997, will play the Enmore Theatre on Sat Nov 1 as part of their Greatest Hits Tour 2014.
There are few better ways to kick off the weekend than a farmers market – and Sydney will welcome two new ones to its expansive roster from this weekend. On Sat Aug 30 and Sun Aug 31, the Danks Street Markets kick off in the car park of Danks Street Plaza. It’s part of the Organic Food Markets collective, which means there will be plenty of natural farm fresh produce, Fair Trade goods, gourmet artisan foods, tasty bites from The Bagel Shop and more.
The eastern suburbs won’t be left out, either. On Sun Aug 31, the all-new Woollahra Artisan Markets arrive at the car park next to Zigolini’s on Queen Street. It’s a locally funded initiative started by two local Queen Street employees who are aiming to bring products not widely available in the area to everyone who visits. Stalls will feature everything from fresh food and produce to flowers, artisan jewellery, gourmet dog treats and handmade chocolates.… Read more