Mildura Palimpsest #8

Collaborators and Saboteurs

A weekend of art, talk, convivial dinners, an art science symposium and site-specific art created in historic buildings, shop fronts, a sixties motel and a Service Station. With over 50 international and Australian artists represented, Palimpsest # 8 is truly the ‘Biennale of the Bush’.

Art Exhibition previously on in Australia.
From Friday 09 September 2011 to Sunday 11 September 2011

Ken+Julia Yonetani, Still Life: The Food Bowl image Chim?Pom, Black of Death (above 109, Shibuya, Tokyo), 2007 lambada print, video. image Lena Obergfell, RubbishInstallation, 2010, ‘Think Climate,’ ESP Gallery, Sydney. image

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With more than fifty international and Australian artists and an equivalent number of local and regional artists Mildura Palimpsest is a weekend to experience art which has been created in response to this region.

While most of the exhibitions are free, bookings are essential for the Saturday night dinner and Sunday lunch, both by celebrity chef Stefano de Pieri.

The opening night (Friday 9th September) will feature a work created by Ken + Julia Yonetani. The Yonetani’s have established an international reputation for their environmental art created in collaboration with science organisations. In 2009 they represented Australia at the Venice Biennale with their spectacular sculpture Sweet Barrier Reef. Made from sugar, the work addresses coral bleaching problems all over the world caused by sugar farming practices. The Yonetani’s spent three months in Mildura last year, in residence with the Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre and SunRISE 21. Their time in Mildura allowed them to research and develop a way of making sculpture from local salt. The resulting work, Still Life: The Food Bowl, will be exhibited at Rio Vista, the original home of the Chaffey Brothers who brought irrigation to the region. Still Life: The Food Bowl, is the most ambitious work the duo have yet attempted and it is breathtakingly beautiful. The work investigates the pioneering settlers’ vision of irrigating the desert to feed the world.

The weekend will kick off with an arts/science symposium presented in collaboration with RiAUS. Speakers are drawn from a range of disciplines, and will discuss the natural and cultural environment of the Murray Darling Basin and the challenges ahead. Speakers includes:
• Paul Carter, Historian, writer, philosopher and artist who is currently Chair of Creative Place Research at Deakin University.
• Michael Westaway, Archaeologist and Biological Anthropologist, Brisbane Museum, who will discuss how Lake Mungo can inform us about climate change.
• Badger Bates, Artist and elder of Paakantji people of the Darling River who will discuss cultural and natural changes to the Murray Darling Rivers in his lifetime and in indigenous memory.
• Dr. Ben Gawne, Director of the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre, will discuss climate change and other challenges to the ecology of the Murray Darling Basin.

After the Symposium the audience will be taken by bus to view installations by a group of 16 artists working in the Kar-Rama Motel. Featuring the Japanese guerilla art group Chim↑Pom who regularly make the news in Japan with their highly political art interventions. Most recently their action over the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster nearly landed the group in jail. Other artists working in the motel include John Vella, Warren Fithie, Keith Armstrong, Kate Cotching and Modus Operandi. The Motel Project will be followed by an afternoon tour of site-specific installation, video and interventional art throughout Mildura township.

Sunday will feature works located at The Old Mildura Homestead site beside the Murray river, where a site specific installation, Uneasily along the sand, by artist and writer Paul Carter, examines alternative histories of the Mallee. Carter is famous for the design of Federation Square’s forecourt and for several important books on place and identity in regional Victoria. Uneasily along the sand, is inspired by Carter’s book Ground Truthing (2010), a creative re-interpretation of the Mallee. The radiophonic work, Mac, will be broadcast on ABC Airplay, to coincide with the installation.

Sunday lunch at the Old Woolshed provides the perfect opportunity for audiences to experience the premiere of a unique contemporary art project, The Global Dome Unlimited, an examination of mythologies about intercultural identity in a global world. Artists Jonathan Kimberley and Jim Everett have created an interactive work, part sculpture, part conversation, which invites Mildura to join in on their ongoing cultural exchange between Aboriginal Australia and Valcamonica in Italy. All welcome but pre-booking is necessary. Supported by the Mungo Elders Association.

As usual Mildura Palimpsest will provide numerous opportunities for the audience to meet and talk with the artists and curators at artists talks, and the convivial lunches and dinners that are a feature of this extraordinary visual arts festival.

Mildura Palimpsest is a unique opportunity to experience cutting edge art projects which are created in response to this region. Ten regional artists are featured in the program along with five of Australia’s most promising young artists, selected from postgraduate courses in Art Schools across the country.

The Mildura region is undergoing great structural change in the irrigated horticulture sector in particular. The culture of this community is to creatively engage with the challenges ahead. Mildura Palimpsest will bring together some of the most creative minds in Australia and internationally to examine environmental and cultural responses to these challenges.

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Mildura Palimpsest # 8: Collaborators and Saboteurs examines the idea that we are all collaborators and saboteurs in the created worlds we inhabit.


Various Locations in Mildura, Victoria