another weekend of fun and frivolity with art and music kids, and now she’s exhausted!
on saturday i went up to the last first draft forum for twentylove: onwards. there were some great speakers.
highlights of the afternoon included Reuben Keehan speaking about artspace and the increase of contemporary art spaces and ARIs working collaboratively thanks to not having to fight quite so much for cash, thanks to the Myer Inquiry money. I’ve seen this happening most recently, with 4A being able to use equipment from MCA and artspace easily. Seems that the CAOs are beginning to take a leaf out of the ARIs books 🙂
revisiting soda_jerk‘s reign over the remix was great and i loved their pirate patch style of marketing, with the maxim from dan: “remember that your’e a curator (or artist), not a party organiser”. and being able to speak with aaron seeto was great – aaron had exhibited quite a few times with project and then moved on to bigger and better things (proof again how tops ARIs are) so it was great to put face to name for both of us.
and then a major highlight for me was the 25 predictions for the future from the art life. in true TAL style, it was irreverant, poignant and beautifully executed, despite a case of cottonmouth, which seemed to affect most of the speakers. i laughed my ass off! even when i knew that i had been guilty of number 14, meaning that i’ll probably be up for 25 years imprisonment for a recent post, i loved it! the thing i especially liked is that it was a nice tongue-in-cheek balance for some very in depth and serious discussion about ARIs, contemporary art, commercial galleries, etc.
and then all that seriousness and introspection was highlighted again by our architect swimmer guy, who introduced himself to everyone and made everyone re-introduce themselves, but for the life of me i can’t remember his name. so for the sake of this post, his name is george. george is a regular visitor to first draft, so he’s a persistant civilian, but he was an excellent reminder about contemporary art and art in general being relevant to the general public. we were all exposed as the bunch of haughty snobs we are, and it was fantastic!! favourite quote from george came after anthony whelan re-introduced himself: “sherman galleries hey.. i’ve never heard of it…. ha! just kidding” lol!!
so, after that, it was time for more frivolity at the runway launch at MOP with a trash theme, there was lots of haute plastique, trash couture, karaoke and a few second appearances for some of the forum kids, including Soda_Jerk in runway and Reuban Keehan in the Low show and fantastic Low catalogue interviews. But back to the karaoke. for all my fun and games, i can’t stand karaoke usually. i have a very low cringe factor (see, i’m a snob, i admit it and proud of it) and people singing trashy songs with a variety of talent makes my skin crawl, it’s not personal. however, on saturday night, i managed to stay in the main room for most of the time and even had a quiet trashy boogie with my gorgeous dancing friend Dave [although our best dancing was done in the corridor outside the loos to echo beach by martha and the muffins!]
with jelly shots, champagne, sour lollies and cheese rings, it was a classy night all round and damn impressive. and the issue is just as rad! i’ve only managed to read a few things since having it bought for me on sat, but it’s been delicious. i’ve read the extended remix of the interview by Pete Volich with Christopher Hanrahan, the Chocolate Manifesto by Benedict Ernst, (which i had read previously) and Vicky Papageorgeopolous‘ work is really quite amusing, although i like the work i saw on Shut Up and Follow Me instead, where she did some collaborations with some great artists, like Gerhardt Richter (ie, she put her balls near a Richter painting.. was great!). Am looking forward to reading the other articles in the next couple of days.
I love that an ARI like runway exists: a non-space-based initiative and one that honours the ability of contemporary and emerging artists to straddle various creative forms – writing and printed work. I love that it’s supported by various funding options and i hope it lasts a long, long time! are you listening Arts NSW and Ozco? Probably not, but it’s worth the soap box. and besides, they put on a great party.
After lots of schmoozing and grooving, we then topped the night off by checking out a band called the Kill Devil Hills at the Hopetoun Hotel in Surry Hills: very Nick Cave/Dirty Three/Geraldine Fibbers. In fact it’s the kind of music that makes couples want to fornicate! i watched 3 separate couples swing and sway, start making out, then leave! If there’s a baby boom in 9 months’ time, blame it on the Kill Devil Hills!