Project 36
do it (australia)

Project Summary

In a time of global lockdown precipitated by COVID-19 public health measures, do it (australia) was a response to a changed landscape for presenting public art.

do it (australia) invited home audiences to follow an artist’s instructions, enter their world and realise an artwork of their own. The project was co-curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and John Kaldor, with Kaldor Public Art Projects curator Emily Sullivan and Monique Leslie Watkins.

Contributing artists and creative practitioners were Rafael Bonachela, Lauren Brincat, Megan Cope, Brian Fuata, Dale Harding, Saskia Havekes, Amrita Hepi, Julia Jacklin, Jonathan Jones, Janet Laurence, Ian Milliss, Tracey Moffatt, Glenn Murcutt, Gerald Murnane, nova Milne, Khaled Sabsabi, Latai Taumoepeau and Thom van Dooren.

do it (australia) was the latest incarnation of do it, the longest-running and most far-reaching artist-led project in the world. Initiated by Hans Ulrich Obrist in 1993, the project asks artists to create simple instructions that generate an artwork, whether an object, a performance, an intervention, or something else entirely.

Presented in partnership with Serpentine Galleries, London, Independent Curators International and Google Arts & Culture, and supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Project 36: do it (australia) formed part of do it (around the world), which saw more than 50 new artworks commissioned and shared online.

Visit the do it (australia) project here.

do it (australia)
13 May – 30 June 2020
Presented online via doit.kaldorartprojects.org.au/ and the Kaldor Public Art Projects Instagram


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do it (homework) 2020 was a 10-week online creative learning program, designed to foster collaboration and a sense of community during the COVID-19 period. Developed alongside do it (australia), the program introduced key themes in conceptual art and allowed schools to connect directly with Australian artists Lauren Brincat, Dale Harding and Amrita Hepi.

Read more about the program in our first-ever education e-book, which reflects on the challenges and benefits of online creative learning.

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