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The Biennale of Sydney invites your presence at an observed conversation in three parts on the topic of The Crossbencher, scored by Agatha Gothe-Snape with Markus Miessen and Brooke Stamp. The Crossbencher is a figure of generative irritation. Proposed by Miessen to hijack the model of the independent yet conservative politician, the Crossbencher represents a way of acting politically, which radically rethinks the notion of participation. Neither aligned to nor belonging to a specific party or set of stakeholders, the Crossbencher can openly act without having to respond to a pre-supposed set of protocols or consensual arrangements.
The event begins with a welcome from Stephanie Rosenthal (20th Biennale Artistic Director) and presentations from Agatha Gothe-Snape and Markus Miessen, followed by open discussion. Contributions, questions and provocations will be welcomed. It continues with a choreographed walk from Ultimo to Surry Hills, and concludes with a celebratory note at the Public Bar.
This is a free, public event, but RSVPs are necessary due to limited capacity.
Prepared reading: Chapters 2, 10 and 14 from Markus Miessen, The Nightmare of Participation (Crossbench Praxis as a Mode of Criticality), Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2010, pp. 41–57, 191–197, 239–253 (provided with confirmation of your attendance).
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Friday, 6 November 2015
Times and locations:
The cross bencher
2.45 pm arrival for 3 pm start: Oval Classroom (room: CB08.02.002), level two/ground floor of the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, UTS Building 8, 14-28 Ultimo Road, Ultimo
4.45 – 5.30 pm: choreographed walk from Ultimo to Surry Hills
Across the bar
From 5.30 pm: Public Bar at the Hollywood Hotel, 2 Foster Street, Surry Hills
Agatha Gothe-Snape is an artist who frequently works with ephemeral materials and subtle alterations to space. She uses language and choreography as her chosen mediums – to question our relationships to one another, to art, and to the contexts and histories in which all these things are situated.
Markus Miessen is an architect, spatial consultant and writer. The initiator of the Participation tetralogy, his work revolves around questions of critical spatial practice, institution building, and spatial politics. Based in Berlin, he is in Sydney as an Attaché of the 20th Biennale of Sydney.
Brooke Stamp is a choreographer and performer working across dance and visual art contexts. Her works fundamentally draw from hyperreal rhythms inherent to the movement of the universe, the earth and the human body, as well as relationships to scientific, mystical and spatial experiences of time.
Image: Agatha Gothe-Snape, Quick Pew, 2013, exhibited as part of You and Everything That is Not You, Physics Room, Christchurch, curated by Melanie Oliver, 2013. Courtesy the artist and The Commercial Gallery, Sydney. Photograph: Stuart Lloyd Harris