In 1981, Marina Abramović & Ulay were invited by Ian Howard (later Dean of UNSW College of Fine Arts) to conduct an intensive bush retreat workshop with students at Whiporie in northern NSW. The participants went on to distinctive careers across the arts, education, film and architecture.
From this original Australian artists’ residency with Abramović, we reunite Professor Howard, Kim Machan and Keith March to reflect on their experiences and the impact of the workshop on their lives. Their discussion features excerpts from a newly edited version of the Beyond the Tick Gate documentary.
Ian Howard is an artist and professor at UNSW Art & Design. He was previously Dean of COFA (1998 -2013) and Provost and Director of Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. He trained in Sydney (Art/Artist Education), London (Film and Television) and Montreal (Master of Fine Arts). His artwork progresses a cultural relationship between civilians and military institutions with a concentration on sovereign border issues. He works and exhibits internationally and is represented by Watters Gallery, Sydney, and Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne.
Kim Machan embraced performance art as a student in the 1980s. She has since worked across all forms of contemporary art as an independent curator and producer, and has been Director of Media Art Asia Pacific since 1998. Machan has pioneered collaborative partnerships with arts organisations and governments throughout Asia, producing major exhibitions and innovative art projects. Recent projects include Light from Light, which received the 2013 Australian Arts in Asia Award for Visual Arts.
Keith March works across performance, dance, space and architecture. He is currently president of Dance Exchange, a leading experimental dance company in Australia, and runs his own building company, Keith March Constructions. He has worked as a professional dancer for more then 20 years, contributing to performance development workshops in Sydney, Asia and Europe. Concepts of the body and the body in space drive and inform Keith’s artistic and building practices.
Presented by Kaldor Public Art Projects in collaboration with UNSW Art & Design.
Above: Left to right - Cath Phillips, Keith March, Linda Forrester, Ulay, Marina Abramović, Richard Boulez, Paul Terret, Lucienne Fontannaz-Howard, Ian Howard, Kim Machan, Bronwyn Gooda, Carolyne Osterhaus at the Marina Abramović and Ulay workshop 'Beyond the Tick Gate’, 9 -15 August 1981 Whiporie, Australia.
Friday 26 JUNE
1PM - 2:30PM