A NEW FESTIVAL BRINGING TOGETHER ARTIST-RUN INITIATIVES AND EMERGING ARTISTS FROM ACROSS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND FOR 10 DAYS OF EXHIBITIONS, MUSIC, PERFORMANCE, PARTIES AND TALKS.
ALASKA PROJECTS (NSW)
Title: Portal (For Robert and Jonathan)
Location: GASP (Glenorchy Art
and Sculpture Park)
For the HOBIENNALE, ALASKA will create a collaborative installation that sits physically between their space in the Kings Cross Car Park and GASP (Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park)
The work entitled Portal (For Robert and Jonathan) is a two channel sculptural video installation realised through web cams.
The background for the work comes from the family history of ALASKA Projects Founder and Director Sebastian Goldspink. His paternal Great-Great Grandfather Jonathan and Jonathan’s brother Robert were separately transported to Australia as convicts. One was sent to Sydney and one to Hobart. Even once they became free men they never saw each other again. This is an attempt to create an open line or portal between the two cities. An opportunity that was never afforded to Goldspink’s ancestors. A chance for conversation and redemption.
A monitor showing a camera view of GASP will be permanently on view at ALASKA during the Biennale. A web cam at ALASKA will capture a feed to be displayed in Hobart at GASP. These cameras will be activated with diverse performances/installations from ALASKA artists throughout the Biennale whilst also capturing the mundanity of incidental life 24/7 at other times.
Participating artists and performances to be announced.
ALASKA Projects is a Sydney-based Artist Run Initiative established in 2011. Situated across two disused spaces in a Kings Cross car park ALASKA Projects established an exhibition program that crosses visual arts, dance, performance, music and film. To date ALASKA’s achievements are born out of a core objective to support artists to realise dynamic and innovative work. A commitment to diversity is at the centre of ALASKA’s philosophy.
Since opening ALASKA has presented over 150 exhibitions showcasing a diverse range of emerging, established and experimental Australian arts practice. In addition to its Sydney projects, ALASKA has presented several exhibitions interstate.
Internationally, ALASKA has staged exhibitions in New Orleans (Good Children, 2012), Los Angeles (Werkärtz) Gallery, 2014 and Christchurch (Dog Park, 2014).
IMAGE: Goldspink family photo, Jonathan Goldspink and his wife Margaret Read