Biennale of Sydney

The School of the Arts & Media, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences is a Presenting Partner of the 20th Biennale of Sydney and will support a series of talks as part of the 2016 Festival program, running from 18 March - 6 June. The Biennale of Sydney is a contemporary visual arts festival incorporating artist talks, performances, forums, guided tours and other special events. This year’s Festival will feature a number of UNSW scholars and alumni, and showcase innovative artists from Australia and around the world. UNSW School of the Arts & Media students will also gain access to volunteer opportunities during the Festival

The following events are part of the Performance Talks series presented in association with the School of the Arts and Media, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences for the 20th Biennale of Sydney.

For a full of list of festival events, please visit the Biennale of Sydney website


Lecture/Workshop: Adam Linder

On campus event

Friday 18 March
10.00am – 2.00pm
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Kensington

Adam Linder’s practice spans dance works made for theatre and ‘Choreographic Services’, which can be hired by the hour and are not bound to any one context. With this format Linder examines the real-time necessity for choreography to be both ‘at work’ and publicly effective – problematising the institutional and economic aspects of performance in the process. In Sydney as part of the 20th Biennale of Sydney, he will give a lecture on his work and lead group discussions in this 4 hour workshop.

View event details on the School of the Arts & Media website.


André Lepecki: The Future of Disappearance

Sunday 30 March
3.30pm - 4.30pm
Bay 20, Carriageworks

Performance theory has conceived disappearance as inexorable movement towards the past. But what if disappearance is the condition for making futures, the necessary act through which the struggles over present conditions of living take place? In this case, the future of disappearance would have to be planned, diagrammed, choreographed. In this talk, André Lepecki addresses the chronopolitics of disappearance by discussing the works of Mette Edvardsen and Ricardo Basbaum presented at the Biennale.

View event details on the Biennele of Sydney website


On Performance Curation: Stephanie Rosenthal in Conversation with Professor Edward Scheer

On campus event

Wednesday 20 April
6.30pm
Io Myers, UNSW Kensington

In creating exhibitions such as MOVE: Choreographing You, at the Hayward Gallery, London (2010; Dusseldorf 2011; Seoul 2012); and the current Biennale of Sydney, The future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed, curator Stephanie Rosenthal has played a key role in transforming galleries into participatory spaces and even public venues for live performance. In doing so she has challenged conventional notions of curating by foregrounding live encounters with performing bodies. In this conversation with Edward Scheer, Professor of Performance and Visual Culture at UNSW Arts & Social Sciences, she will describe her experience of staging the Asia Pacific region’s ‘largest contemporary visual arts event’ as a discussion with and through the moving body

View event details on the School of the Arts & Media website.


Choreography and the Gallery

Wednesday 27 April
2.00pm – 8.00pm
Centenary Auditorium and Central Court

Choreography and the Gallery is a one-day ‘salon’ exploring the creative and discursive territory between ‘the choreographic’ and the institutions and practices of art: the gallery or museum as a destination and organisation; the circumstances, conditions and objects one is surrounded by in these places; and the work of artists. Inspired by ideas of the ‘in-between’ and the blurring of art forms that are central to the 20th Biennale, this event brings together artists and thinkers working across practices and concepts now shared by both art and dance. Facilitated by UNSW's Erin Brannigan, with participants including Phillip Adams, Matthew Day, Agatha Gothe-Snape with Brooke Stamp, Helen Grogan, Anneke Jaspers, Shelley Lasica, Hannah Matthews, Tang Fu Kuen, Lizzie Thomson and Justene Williams.

View event details on the Biennale of Sydney website.


Mini-Symposium: Performance Talks

On campus event

Monday 23 May
1.00 – 5.00 pm
Creative Practice Lab, Io Myers Studio, UNSW (Gate 2 entrance, High Street, Kensington)

FREE, bookings essential.

Chaired by UNSW School of the Arts & Media's Professor Edward Scheer, this half-day series of talks, micro-lectures and panel discussions brings together a range of practitioners and performance theorists to take stock of current conversations in the area of performance. Conceived also as an opportunity to reflect on the 20th Biennale, the afternoon will explore such themes as performance as exhibition, performance in public spaces, activated installations and performing objects, collaborations between dance and the visual arts, the body as living archive, fictional history, re-enactment, restaging and the translation of historical work, the economies of performance in exhibition contexts, and the politics of participation.

View event details on the Biennale of Sydney website.