This June Marina Abramovic is bringing her raging ego to Sydney. She’s delivering a new work for Kaldor Public Art Projects entitled Marina Abramovic: In Residence, which basically involves her hanging out at Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay and teaching people a series of ‘mind-expanding’ exercises known as the Marina Abramovic Method. (The video above features Gaga practising said method, try not to laugh too much, it’s SERIOUS STUFF). MONA are going to be presenting an Abramovic retrospective at the same time too. Hopefully it includes lots of her old work (like the classic Art Must Be Beautiful vid below), before she totally lost the plot.
Thomas Demand is creating a major new installation inside a Harry Seidler designed building in Sydney’s inner city. Renowned for creating and photographing painstakingly fabricated environments constructed from paper and cardboard, The Dailies (presented by Kaldor Public Art Projects) will see Demand create a unique architectural setting upon which to install a new series of works.
In recent years Demand has increasingly explored unconventional exhibition models, custom designing wallpaper for his show at the Serpentine in 2006 and installing swathes of curtaining for his exhibition at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin (2009-2010) and The Dailies is no exception. The installation’s experimental backdrop will be complemented by a short story written by American author Louis Begley and a signature scent, provided by Miuccia Prada no less.
Thomas Demand, The Dailies, Commercial Travellers’ Association, MLC Centre, Sydney, 23rd March – 22nd April, 2012.