THE END PROGRAM: Unmissable highlights

Posted on 05 May 2014 in News
Henrik Håkansson, The End, 2011

Image: Henrik Håkansson, THE END, 2011 and 2014, (film still), 35mm film, 12:40 mins. Courtesy the artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow. This version was created for the 19th Biennale of Sydney


The End Program includes an epic, episodic film performance work created by Swedish artist Henrik Håkansson, with a live score performed by Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. Under the baton of acclaimed Australian conductor Jessica Cottis, the work delivers an emotional and cathartic event of life and death; tragedy and comedy. Situated in the acoustic brilliance of Sydney’s historic Pier 2/3, THE END brings together cinema and sound in a climactic event to mark the final days of the Biennale.

Both the 7 pm Preview and 8 pm Performance are currently at capacity. Limited standing room will be available on the day of the performance.


Also on Saturday, 7 June, the Biennale of Sydney will present Dream Factory, a public forum at Carriageworks that explores how the perceptive and psychological qualities of film influence the practice of contemporary artists. The forum is organised in collaboration with the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

Please note that this event has changed venue to the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, in the Veolia Lecture Theatre.

This event is currently booked out, but limited seats will be available on the door.


Following his keynote for the 19th Biennale Forum Dream Factory, Professor Russell Ferguson will deliver additional talks at Artspace and the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales.

Join us at Artspace on Sunday, 8 June at 2 pm as Russell Ferguson delivers a talk on his interests and approaches to curating. As a curator, writer and Professor of Art at the University of California, Los Angeles, Ferguson brings to the discussion a wealth of experience in curating, teaching and writing across many institutions.

At 6 pm on Tuesday, 11 June, Ferguson will discuss his recent exhibition, ‘Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950’ at the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales. The exhibition explores the theme of destruction in international contemporary art and involves more than 40 international artists, including #19BOS artist Pipilotti Rist.