Artist SafARI 2016
Sydney College of the Arts graduate Hana Hoogedeure (NSW) is a multi-disciplinary artist with a primary focus in installation practice. Her work is concerned with sculptural qualities of theatrical props and toys and the function they play within a setting or on a stage. Hoogedeure’s practice is narrative based, the final works resolving themselves as documented performance or as installation settings for action to take place.
'Ground Control' will be a series of online videos cast in the style of news reports on the spaces, places and people of/ and experiencing SafARI 2016. The protagonist of the video series will be a physical hand-drawn geographical/mind map that will commentate the art, friends, feelings, fashion, beverage selection and whatever else people feel is important to share during a healthy post show banter. At the end of the festival a physical catalog (wall map) of the sentimental networks and spatial relationships surrounding the sites of SafARI will remain, as well as the online video documentation.
SafARI 2016 EXHIBITION & EVENTS
SafARI 2016 EXHIBITION & EVENTS
Safari 2016 program
A full schedule of events, exhibitions and programs will be up on 11.02.16
Exhibition images will go live from 11.03.16
SafARI 2016 TEAM
SafARI 2016 TEAM
SafARI takes on new curators regularly to represent current directions in art practices. Having come on board in mid 2014, SafARI 2016 was programmed by Sophie Kitson and Louise Dibben, two emerging curators who have combined backgrounds and understandings of the Biennale process, and with operating and establishing ARIs.
The 2016 program has been executed by Louise Dibben working alongside Katie Milton (PR/marketing), Del Lumanta (public programs and publications) KK+JLD (design) and Benjamin Forster (web development) to put the program together both online and within evolving ARI venues.
At a time when Sydney hosts its most important international visual arts event, SafARI 2016 is drawing attention to what the new voices in Australian art are saying and how.
Specialising in Consulting/Business Services KK+JLD have been working together since the beginning of 2013. Independently they have produced things for 55 Sydenham Rd, Sydney Guild, Museum of Contemporary Art, Linden Center for Contemporary Art, Runway Magazine, Stilts journal, Scum Magazine, Un journal etc. Collaboratively they are interested in pictures, images, TV, schematics, light, trees at night, sun showers, the moon, product reviews, ghosts, failure, geology, rock pools, surfaces, artifacts, magic, ethnology, microscopes and the question:
If all of a sudden everyone saw in infra-red, where would images be?
They are happiest in the sunshine but appreciate waterproof jackets.
Artist SafARI 2016
Guillaume Savy (VIC) is a French emerging visual artist based in Melbourne. Following his undergraduate studies in architecture and photography, Savy completed a Masters of Fine Arts by Research at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2015. His multifaceted practice encompasses painting, photography and digital imaging.
Vyrcanian Federation can be understood as being anti-utopia and acts as an organised repository for the political, spiritual and aesthetic fascinations that exist within rational intellect. Referencing a live Facebook in istallation the work will result in a frantic glimpse at what Vyrcanian social media may look like.
Artist SafARI 2016
Amalia Mayor (NSW) is an urbanist, artist, and educator based in Sydney. Her practice and research is positioned at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, visual art, and landscape. Oriented towards the exploration of forms and histories of life (and death) in public spaces, and emergent modes of civicism, Mayor’s work explores themes of social and climatic ecologies, ceremony, duration, repetition, and other meditative elements interwoven with the passing of time.
Mayor’s work will attempt to map death trails and spaces in urban Sydney, revealing something about what it means to live and die in the city. Deathscapes evoke questions surrounding spaces of death, intersecting temporal processes, scales of growth and decay, and contemporary attitudes towards the impermanence of life in the metropolis.
Co-curator for 2015
Sophie Kitson is an emerging curator and Muay Thai enthusiast from Sydney. She is the co-curator of SafARI 2016 and of Island Salon: a large-scale collaborative project developed for Underbelly Arts 2015. Between 2014-15 Sophie undertook a 12-month residency with the City of Sydney’s Creative Live Work Space Program, and founded and ran a temporary gallery entitled William Street Windows. Last year she was the recipient of the Nick Waterlow Scholarship in Curating at UNSW Art & Design.
In 2016, Sophie is working with Fremantle Arts Centre as part of a curatorial exchange program. Recent exhibitions include Winter Wonderland in conjunction with CAC (2015), the Nothing series (2014), Wiliam Street Windows, Precious Metals (2014) as part of the Next Wave Emerging Curators’ Program; and the Futurist Dinner Parties (2013-), an ongoing series of curated dinner events.
Sophie has a background in Art Theory and architecture, and has worked for some of Australia’s major arts institutions including Performance Space, Biennale of Sydney, Kaldor Public Art Projects, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, and the MCA. Between 2012-14 Sophie worked for the Biennale di Venezia, The Peggy Guggenheim Collection Venice, and assumed a number of curatorial assistant positions for both local and international curators and artists.
The SafARI story - in brief:
SafARI was created in 2004 to provide international visitors in Sydney for the Biennale of Sydney an opportunity to experience alternative venues. Today SafARI has a following built from the love of potential it represents for future generations; artists, curators, writers, designers, art workers and audiences alike,
Since its beginnings, SafARI has gone from strength to strength, yet remains true to where it came from and why. SafARI’s aim was to highlight the little known and often inaccessible venues that are the breeding ground for future creative generations - the Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs), hence the name. At a time when Sydney hosts its most important international visual arts event, SafARI augments the dynamism of the visual arts landscape by reminding us of where it all begins and pays homage to grassroot initiatives.
The SafARI backstory - in detail:
SafARI was created in 2004 to provide international visitors in Sydney for the Biennale of Sydney an opportunity to experience alternative venues. Today SafARI has a cult following built from the sheer love of potential it represents for future generations; artists, curators, writers, designers, art workers and audiences alike.
Since its beginnings, SafARI has gone from strength to strength, yet remains true to where it came from and why. SafARI’s aim was to highlight the little known and often inaccessible venues that are the breeding ground of future creative generations – the Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs), hence the name. At a time when Sydney hosts its most important international visual arts event, SafARI augments the dynamism of the visual arts landscape by reminding us of where it all begins and pays homage to grassroot initiatives.
SafARI was founded by Lisa Corsi and Margaret Farmer in 2004 but the genesis behind it was Swiss artist, Frederic Post, who asked a simple question while in Sydney for the 2004 Biennale of Sydney: “… but what else is happening in Sydney?” This called for a focus on the alternative. It was a natural progression to make SafARI an event for unrepresented and emerging artist, curators, designers and art workers.
When SafARI first started the founders had no idea where it was going nor how long it would last. Despite the uncertainty, the first SafARI took place from 3-25 June, 2006 and was co-curated by the co-founders. A national call to all emerging and unrepresented artists was made. The first SafARI included 25 artists and a truck, six ARIs (one of which was a satellite ‘Project Contemporary Art Space’ in Wollongong), and a walking tour, which included artist talks.
The first public program event paid homage to the history of ARIs in Sydney and invited Mike Parr, one of the founders of Sydney’s first ARI, Inhibodress, to give a public talk. Scheduled to only run for an hour, Mike’s talk went on for closer to two. The audience slowly migrated to the front as the talk continued. People left feeling elated and inspired by Mike’s generosity of spirit as he spoke about the importance of alternative spaces to any artists’ practice.
SafARI 2006 was realised with a total of $25,000 in funding as part of the “Skills and Arts Development Individuals” grant offered through The Australia Council for the Arts. At that time, SafARI was not yet an incorporated association.
Both co-curators committed to three SafARIs and reasoned that if it was a worthwhile initiative, it would be able to continue into the future with the input of emerging curators.
SafARI 2008 took place from 13-29 June 2008. 2008 was a watershed moment for SafARI. The inclusion of artworks by Lucas Grogan, prompted the resignation of Margaret Farmer as co-curator. Canadian curator, David Garneau later wrote an open letter to Art Monthly about the turn of events, which did two things: created an (ongoing) storm of controversy around Lucas Grogan’s practice and positioned SafARI as an exciting platform for new talent. 2008 included 11 artists, 3 ARIs, an artist talk and walking tour and public forum by Barbara Flynn. Elizabeth Stanton stepped in at a critical moment to became the Exhibition Manager to help deliver the exhibition that almost wasn’t.
Despite the controversy, SafARI’s reputation continued as a result of 2008 and plans were made to find an incoming co-curator to work with Lisa Corsi for 2010. This person was Alex Maciver who later was replaced by Danielle Hairs (later Robson).
This was the beginning of the rotating co-curatorial model whereby an incoming co-curator would take over the reigns from the previous curator for the following SafARI.
SafARI 2010 took place from 5-30 May, included 14 artists and 5 venues, one of which was the façade of FBI radio station in Alexandria (by Nils Crompton). The public program consisted of an artist talk and walking tour and a public forum including Techa Noble from the KingPins, Soda Jerk, Peter Fay and moderated by Edwina Marks.
2010 was another watershed moment for SafARI, demonstrating its rapid growth and appreciation. In 2010, SafARI was officially recognised as an Artist Run Initiative, with no fixed address. 2010 was the last SafARI co-curated by Lisa Corsi.
In late 2010 Nina Stromqvist was appointed as co-curator for SafARI 2012. Danielle Robson (née Hairs) and Nina delivered the first SafARI with two emerging curators, independent of the founders. Their ambition was made clear and they went on to deliver a very specific vision that marked their interests and abilities as co-curators. For the first time SafARI’s ‘off-year’ was activated by holding an artists workshop at Fraser Street studios.
SafARI 2012 included 16 artists and took place in various locations, including two spaces in the Rocks as part of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority’s Pop-Up initiative, Alaska Projects in Kings Cross, and BUS Melbourne ARI Projects, a roving gallery on wheels.
Danielle and Nina also finalised previous plans for SafARI to receive tax-deductible gift recipient status through the Australian Business Arts Fund (ABAF).
In late 2012, Christiane Keys Statham was appointed as the incoming curator to work with Nina towards SafARI 2014. However, in early 2013 Nina stepped aside from SafARI as a co-curator following a jet setting promotion. As difficult as that decision was for many, it has resulted in the appointment of Liz Nowell as co-curator for 2014.
SafARI 2016 was be curated by Sophie Kitson and Louise Dibben, two emerging curators who have combined backgrounds and understandings of the Biennale process, and with operating and establishing ARIs. Kitson and Dibben worked collaboratively with Katie Milton (PR/marketing), Del Lumanta (public programs and events) KK+JLD (design) and Benjamin Forster (web development) to put the program together. In December 2015 Sophie Kitson had to step aside due to unexpected circumastances, but the project moved forward as planned by all.
At a time when Sydney hosts its most important international visual arts event, SafARI augments the dynamism of the visual arts landscape by reminding us of where it all begins and pays homage to grassroot initiatives. SafARI 2016 will be the first incarnation of the festival that accommodates for online and digital art-making, acknowledging shifting art practices.
Past SafARI artists:
2014: Paul Williams and Christopher Dolman, Sam Songailo, Dale Harding, Kate Blackmore, Laura Moore, Alex Clapham and Penelope Benton, James Carey, ACAB Collective, Kelly Doley, Patrick Francis, Beth Dillon, Nikki Lam, Emma Hamilton, Linda Brescia, OK YEAH COOL GREAT, Leyla Stevens, Madison Bycroft, Benjamin Forster, Liam O’Brien, Gemma Messih and Ally Bisshop, Frances Barrett
2012: Chris Bennie, Tega Brain, Julian Day, Dara Gill, Julie Henderson, Julia Holden, Huw Lewis, Daniel McKewen, Rachel Park, Drew Pettifer, Kurt Sorenson, Adele Varcoe, Jodie Whalen, Elizabeth Willing
2010: Linda Wilken, Chris Town, Rolande Souliere, Jason Sims, Tom Polo Caroline Phillips, Vincent and Vaughn O’Connor, Sue-Ching Lascelles, Leahlani Johnson, Marius Jastkowiak, Biljana Jancic, Karla Dickens, Nils Crompton, Will French
THE OLD FITZROY PUB
THE OLD FITZROY PUB
Safari 2016 Venue
The Old Fitzroy pub and theatre is a local meeting / drinking spot close to our other venues. Established over 100 years ago, The Old Fitzroy sits in the back streets of Woolloomooloo just behind Kings Cross.
The theatre and pub will house sound and music events.
The Old Ftzroy Hotel
129 Dowling St,
Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011