Frances Barrett

Evenings In Residence promises to be a highlight of our public engagement program as the 12 Australian Residency Artists working and living at the Pier offer insights into their concerns and responses to Marina Abramović: In Residence.

Introduced by Sophie O’Brien, international co-curator of the Artist Residency, the screenings commence at 5pm, as each artist presents a program of films which have influenced their work, on themes of performance, endurance, time, the body and choreography.

From 6pm, artists reveal their creative processes and inspirations in a format of their choice. Whether an intimate performance, black-tie salon, song recital or rousing debate – be prepared for the unexpected in the Artist’s Choice.

Frances Barrett is a Sydney-based artist whose practice explores performance through symbolic and direct action. Barrett’s work is informed by queer and feminist methodologies and recent projects have taken the form of body-based live actions, endurance performance and sonic experimentation. Since 2005 Barrett has worked as part of the performance and video collective Brown Council whose work interrogates modes of collaboration and the history of feminist art practices. From 2009-13 Barrett was Co-Director of Serial Space, a space that was dedicated to supporting and presenting live and experimental art forms. In 2014, she presented work as part of Day for Night at Performance Space (Sydney), SafARI (Sydney), Tiny Stadiums Festival (Sydney) and Restaging Restaging at Alaska (Sydney). In 2015 she will be performing work at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Sydney) and Australian Experimental Art Foundation (Adelaide), while also curating Haunting at Firstdraft (Sydney). She is currently Curator of Contemporary Performance at Campbelltown Arts Centre and host of FBI Radio arts show, Canvas.

The Residency Program will enable Frances to undertake an intensive period of research and development towards a new body of work. Throughout the 12-days Frances will look at the intersections between body-based practice, sound practice, and recorded actions. As part of her research she will embark on a series of performative experiments, group conversations, interviews, and listening exercises to explore how live performance can be translated into a sonic experience. Frances intends to respond to the context and environment of the Kaldor Residency Program and to apply the skills taught by Marina Abramovic to the development of this new body of work.

Evenings in Residence: Frances Barrett from Kaldor Public Art Projects on Vimeo.

Frances Barrett in conversation with Emma Price, Mish Gregor, Dianna Smith and Claire Grant.

Frances Barrett, The 12-Hour Revolution, live performance, 12hr duration, documentation of performance at Sydney Guild, Sydney. Photo: Alex Wisser




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Walsh Bay