The Australian Ugliness: Artist Floor Talks
The Dulux Gallery, Ground Floor Melbourne School of Design Building (133), The University of Melbourne
Parkville VIC 3052, Australia
The Australian Ugliness pays homage to modernist architect Robin Boyd (1919–1971) and his book of the same name, while exploring the ethics and aesthetics of our nation today. The three-channel video installation by Australian Artist Eugenia Lim brings forward a female, performative and Asian-Australian perspective to the screens and spaces of Australia. With visual poetry, pathos and wit, this is Australia rendered both familiar and strange, a country at once confident and ever-anxious.
Led by the gold-suited figure of The Ambassador (performed by Lim), the artist-filmmaker shape-shifts as student, tourist, client, property investor and resident across more than 30 sites and spaces across Australia, interrogating the diversity, liveability and the sustainability of “the Australian Dream”.
The TAU installation design is by WOWOWA who proposed a gold and yellow reinterpretation of Robin Boyd's Neptune’s Fishbowl (1970) to house Eugenia's work. With its unorthodox construction methods and utopian geodesic structure, Neptune’s Fishbowl is simultaneously ambitious, democratic and optimistic.
The Australian Ugliness will be running from the 23 July–25 August 2018
Join us for special artist floor talks during The Open House Melbourne Weekend and throughout August:
28 July, 12pm – Eugenia Lim, Andre Bonnice29 July, 12pm – Eugenia Lim, Andre Bonnice 3 August, 12pm – Eugenia Lim10 August, 12pm – Eugenia Lim19 August, 12pm – Eugenia Lim
About Eugenia LimEugenia Lim is an Australian artist who works across video, performance and installation. Interested in how nationalism and stereotypes are formed, Lim invents personas to explore the tensions of an individual within society — the alienation and belonging in a globalised world.
The Australian Ugliness collaborators:
Eugenia Lim – writer, director, performer, editorAlexandra George – producerVirginia Kay, Jamie Houge – executive producersTim Hillier – cinematographerDan West – composition and sound designWOWOWA with Robin Boyd – installation designThe Post Lounge – Kurt Royan (general manager), Ela Furdas (post producer), Kali Bateman (colourist), Alan Bennett (online editor)Amos Gebhardt – mentorNat Cursio – choreographyKat Chan – costume design and art departmentJulia Spizzica – wardrobe assistantShylo Tui – lighting consultant (Walsh Street)Tom Ross – stills photographerEleanor Orchard, Alice Cummins, James Andrews, Gregory Lorenzutti, Alice Dixon – costumed figuresMiau Teng Tan, Daria Tolotchkov, Aryan Azizkhani, Rifat Muharram, Phoebe Kramer, Alex Jeanne Macdonald, Tamara Baksheev, Matthew Li – MADA Wearing the City designersDan West, Jessie French, Emma McRae, Georgia Nowak, James Stephens, Louise Terry, Rachel Feery, Simon Winkler, Belle Bassin, Sophia Cameron, Bridie Wilkinson – Walsh St partygoersTony Isaacson – project managerPeter Felicetti – structural engineerLapel Industries – constructionPaul Christian, Emeile Dawkins, John Fang – installation3D Inflate – inflatableMitra Jafarpour – curtain makerWarren Davey – signwriterArk Coatings – paintingJacqueline Miller, Grace Carver – studio assistants
The project is made possible through the generous support of the following partners:
Presented byOpen House MelbourneMelbourne School of Design
Supported byAustralia Council for the ArtsCreative VictoriaCity of MelbourneAustralian Cultural FundGertrude Contemporary studio program
Cultural PartnersThe Robin Boyd FoundationWOWOWAPlot MediaThe Post Lounge
Industry PartnersKane ConstructionsHASSELLOnteraWojo Signs
Location PartnersACCAAustralian Academy of ScienceAIATSISAustralian Islamic CentreMAB NewQuay DocklandsMelbourne MuseumMelbourne Recital CentreNational Museum of AustraliaSave Our SiriusRMIT UniversityScape SwanstonSydney Opera HouseUniversity of MelbourneWaverley Council
Photo Credit: Eugenia Lim, The Australian Ugliness (2018) production still by Tom Ross
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