Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Photography Essay Sydney Biennale

This photography essay showcases the artworks displayed at the Cockatoo Island installations for the18th Biennale of Sydney. Cockatoo Island is a world heritage-listed island in the western region of Sydney Harbour and is a former shipyard and prior to that, a convict prison.

The artworks displayed at Cockatoo Island carry the theme "Stories, Senses and Spheres", opening the audience to the elements of water, wind and earth through collaborative and interactive projects that inspire within their storytelling. I spent a whole day exploring the island artwork installations and architecture with a good friend from Brisbane. Here's a small collection of artworks captured during the day.

 Peter Robinson, Snow Ball Blind Time 2008. Whole sections of an industrial warehouse is covered in white links in snow.
Daan Roosegararde, Dune 2007-2011. Light and sound installation underground with lights that display thanks to motion.
 Jon Pylypchuk, Spend the Rest of Your Life Mining This Death and It Will Only Bring You Despair, 2012.
 Cal Lane, Sand Lace, 2012. It's not carpet, it's red sand.
  Reiner Rietveld and Craigie Horsfield, Confusion 2012. Is a sound installation where the noises of ships horns and moving industrial machines dominate the senses.
 Philip Beesley, Hylozoic Series, 2011. An interactive light and movement sculpture that allowed the audience to turn lights on and off while feathered wings moved.
 Monica Grzymala, The River, 2012. Preliminary sketch.
 Adam Cvijanovic, The River 2012. Artists model.
 Cecilia Vicuna, Quipu Austral (Nina en el fuego) 2011.
 Carlos Garaicoa, Project Fragile (Cockatoo Island) 2012.
 Sriwhana Spong, Learning Duets, 2012. There was a video in an adjacent room showing a dancer alone on a beach and rocky outcrop.
 Li Hongbo, Ocean of Flowers, 2012. This is a silent protest to the construction and destruction caused by the bombs on Hiroshima.
 Erin Manning, Slow Clothes, Society for Art and Technology, Montreal, 2007.
 Ricardo Lanzarini, ...como llegar a las masas?, 2012
 Latifa Echakhch, TKAF, 2011 Installation view.
 Imran Qureshi, Blessings Upon the Land of My Love, 2011 (detail).
Evelyn Nicodemus, Bystander on Probation Series, 2007.
This is just a small collection of images of the artworks displayed at Cockatoo Island. The 18th Biennale of Sydney is also being held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Carriageworks in Everleigh and at Pier 2/3 in Walsh Bay. The exhibition runs from 27 June to the 16th September 2012. Admission is free. For more information go to

All original artworks displayed here are the copyright of the artist named. Photographer Markham Lane.