February 27

WORLDS IN COLLISION

David Sefton (Artistic Director Adelaide Festival), Richard Grayson (Curator Worls in Collison) and David Broker

David Sefton (Artistic Director Adelaide Festival), Richard Grayson (Curator Worlds in Collison) and David Broker

One must confess to a certain bias when it comes to the work of Richard Grayson; brilliant artist, adventurous curator, respected teacher, bon vivant, renaissance dude, who has travelled to Adelaide from London to curate the Adelaide Festival’s international visual arts program. And having got that out of the way, what a sterling job he has done. Yes, Worlds in Collision which includes a great bunch of artists from the far flung corners of the globe is, in a word, a cracker. Trust me I’m an art critic. Richard works in an area just outside what many of us consider to be normal – or in the dubious language of art cliche “the everyday”. Thank God. Its somewhere between para and normal  depending of course on your personal position on all matters metaphysical. To make a long story short I borrowed a couple of paras from the website which tell the story in a nutshell …

“Worlds in Collision looks at technological, political, psychological and psychedelic exploration, and the ways artists imagine alternatives to arrive at new understandings of potential and transformation.

Time travel, digital frontiers, abandoned Star Wars sets, near-death experiences, new physics and second moons herald the foundations of this diverse and extraordinary selection of artists and artworks, shown across four sites.”

It was a semi wild night at Lola’s Pergola as everyone is up early for Artists’ Week, board meetings and studio visits. And another long one Friday night as Dark Heart The Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art opens at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Guest paparazzi, David Broker and Suzanne Treister joined forces to harass artists as they do from time to time when their worlds collide…. and there are many more photos to come. 

Worlds in Collison at Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Samstag Museum, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia and South Australian School of Art Gallery until 16 March.

Great contemporary artists of the UK : Benedict Drew, Suzanne Treister and Susan Hiller

Great contemporary artists of the UK : Benedict Drew, Suzanne Treister and Susan Hiller

Eric Davis (keynote speaker Artist's Week) and Benedict Drew

Erik Davis (keynote speaker Artist’s Week from the USA) and Benedict Drew (UK)

Rä di Martino

Rä di Martino (Italy)

Khalil Joreige (Lebanon/France) Guy Mannes-Abbott(UK) and Alan Cruickshank

Khalil Joreige (Lebanon/France) Guy Mannes-Abbott(UK) and Alan Cruickshank

Tallea, Danny Lacey aand Christina Apostolidis

Tulleah Pearce, Danny Lacey and Christina Apostolidis

Mark and Mel

Mark Dean and Malia Wearn

Dean and Warren

Dean and Warren

Naomi Cass with work by Paul Laffoley

Naomi Cass with work by Paul Laffoley

Erik David looks at work by Paul Laffoley

Erik Davis looks at work by Paul Laffoley

Ken Bolton David Broker and Jeanette with work by Fred Tomaselli

Ken Bolton David Broker and Jeanette with work by Fred Tomaselli

Dean, Steve and Judith

Dean, Steve and Judith

Sonia and Tim

Sonia Porcaro and Tim Sterling

Simon and Rae

Simon and Rayleen Forester (Visual Arts Manager Adelaide Festival Visual Arts Program) 

Susan Hiller and Anna Waldman

Susan Hiller and Anna Waldman

LOLA’S PERGOLA

David and Julianne

Later : David and Julianne at Lola’s Pegola

Lola's Pergola 1

Lola’s Pergola 1

Lola's pergola 2

Lola’s pergola 2 (with accidental appearance of August Darnell, (Kid Creole and the Coconuts) in straw hat

Artists:
Benedict Drew (UK)
Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige (LEB/FRA)
Susan Hiller (UK)
Paul Laffoley (US)
Rä di Martino (ITA)
Katie Paterson (UK)
Fred Tomaselli (US)
Artur Żmijewski (POL)