Grotesque midnight feast places you on the menu

Luke George and his plant companions.

Luke George and his plant companions.Credit:Enrique Ascui

Khan suggests Tontey’s perform is a great match for our bleak times. “It speaks to the bleak circumstance we have designed for ourselves with some radical thinking all over in excess of-consumption and climate collapse and tackles it in this darkly humorous way.”

Liveworks 2021 returns for its seventh yr in a hybrid format, with an interactive, ticketed electronic system and as a lot of bodily performances at Carriageworks as deemed protected throughout lockdown.

Khan, from Carriageworks’ resident arts company General performance Space, claims he was under no circumstances tempted to terminate the festival even as other exhibitions and exhibits have gone into hibernation.

“We are showcasing experimental present-day art and artists who habitually drive the boundaries as aspect of their observe or whose operate sits at the margins of our key arts establishments,” he stated. “If we really don’t have this then who does? These artists are applied to adapting and considering up new means of performing items. In a way, it is the great instant for experimental artwork to happen.”

Feast or famine: Indonesian artist Natasha Tontey will perform a series of performative midnight feasts for the Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art 2021.

Feast or famine: Indonesian artist Natasha Tontey will perform a collection of performative midnight feasts for the Liveworks Competition of Experimental Art 2021.

Visitor curators and artists have appear from Hong Kong, Singapore, Kyoto, Berlin and Auckland. As global and condition borders remain shut and journey is a distant dream for several, the pageant remains a single of the number of strategies for audiences to reconnect, Khan says.

Hundreds + 1000’s (Multi-City): Germination is a series of online workshops operating pre-festival from September 23. Dance artists Luke George, from Melbourne, and Daniel Kok from Singapore have devised choreographic and meditative routines and performances for persons and their plant companions.

The on the web workshops will culminate in a digital exhibition, Hundreds + Thousands (Multi-Town): Virtual Nursery, comprising a cost-free exhibition of 100 electronic performs co-developed by plant-fans.

The lone outdoors function at this stage will be Julie-Anne Long’s performance as Bev Beasley, the lollipop woman, scheduled to materialize as a kind of guerilla general performance in Sydney’s Carriageworks’ farmers market place, on October 23. As an necessary provider, the market remains open in the course of lockdown.


Bev Beasley is a persona designed by Extended, who has been intrigued in highlighting the beneath-appreciated lives of middle-aged ladies whose work no person notices.

Just after reading about a cleaning girl who wrecked a $1.1m artwork after mistaking it for a stain and scrubbing it clear, Prolonged posed as a cleansing lady in 2012, undertaking her daily duties at the Museum of Present-day Art.

“It also celebrates this invisibility as a superpower that allows you to do all sorts of factors, or get absent with undertaking all sorts of matters,” Khan says. “Bev directs site visitors in a very curious and certain way.”

Liveworks Pageant of Experimental Art runs from September 20 to Oct 25

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