We are ecstatic to be working with Sydney Festival once again - we had a ball the last time we joined forces in 2011 to present Project 23: John Baldessari’s Your Name In Lights. The buzz surrounding the Project, which gave over 100,000 people 15 seconds of fame as their names lit up the Sydney skyline was infectious.
For the 2014 Festival we are presenting three works by Slovakian artist Roman Ondák for Project 28, which will populate the Parramatta Town Hall from the 10 - 24 January 2014. Like Project 23, Ondák’s works rely heavily on audience participation, as the viewers become an essential part of the work.
Sydney Festival announced their 2014 program this evening and it looks like it will be an exceptional year for the Festival in Sydney, Parramatta and beyond.
We are particularly looking forward to POP the Parramatta Opening Party on Friday 10 January when Project 28: Roman Ondák will remain open until 10pm. The opening night party also features cult Melbourne group Boxwars who will be recreating the cars from Mad Max and then smashing them up in a display of sheer anarchy! Musicians Bella Kalolo, Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers and Gordie Mackeeman will also be bringing the streets of Parramatta to life.
We are exceptionally excited for renowned French artist Christian Boltanski’s inclusion. Presented by Carriageworks, ‘Chance’ is the first major installation by the artist in Australia and resembles an enormous newspaper press, assembled from piping, scaffolding and computer screens. Immense and complex, the installation allows you to witness lives unfold, following the rhythm of births and deaths across the globe. It’s definitely our pick of this year’s program.
Make sure you have a look at the full Sydney Festival program to choose your personal program from the 104 events, 21 of which (including project 28: Roman Ondák) are free!
Top: Sydney Festival Director Lieven Bertels introduces Project 28: Roman Ondák at the Parramatta Festival Program Launch
Bottom: Christian Boltanski's 'Chance', Pavillion Francais, Biennale de Venise, 2011. Photo: Didier Plowy Co-production Institut Francais / Centre national des arts plastiques