People Like Us

Summary

A National Exhibitions Touring Support Australia exhibition developed by UNSW Galleries

Start Date

1st Apr 2016 5:30pm

End Date

1st May 2016 5:30pm

Venue

Plimsoll Gallery, Hunter Street

RSVP / Contact Information

Jane Barlow

Regional Tour

Angelica Mesiti, Rapture (silent anthem), 2009, Single-channel video, Colour. 10 minutes, 10 seconds. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Image: Angelica Mesiti, Rapture (silent anthem), 2009, Single-channel video, Colour. 10 minutes, 10 seconds. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

01-Apr-2016 - 01-May-2016

Plimsoll Gallery
Tasmanian College of the Arts, Hunter Street
Opening: Friday 1st April, 5:00pm


Contemporary Art Tasmania
Contemporary Art Tasmania, Tasma St, North Hobart
Opening: Friday 1st April, 6:00pm

Exhibition runs 2 April - 1 May 2016

YURI ANCARANI, DANIEL CROOKS, CLAIRE HEALY & SEAN CORDEIRO, GEORGE POONKHIN KHUT, LAURA FISHER & VOLKER KUCHELMEISTER, JOHN MCGHEE, ANGELICA MESITI, MICHAEL NYMAN, JOAN ROSS, SU-MEI TSE, JASON WING

People Like Us captures universal aspects of the contemporary human condition in film, animation, digital and interactive art. In a diverse collection of recent new media works by Australian and international practitioners, the exhibition also reveals the many experimental technologies being deployed by artists as they comment on issues confronting us in the 21st century.

Real human experience underpins the exhibition, a concept that extends to visitor engagement with many of the works on display: George Poonkhin Khut's BrightHearts app, for example, uses your real-time biofeed data in heart rate controlled images and sound; John McGhee's digital animations invite visitors to take the wheel on a wild ride through human blood vessels; while Volker Kuchelmeister and Laura Fisher's Veloscape tracks participants' emotional responses as they take a virtual bicycle tour of Sydney inside the gallery space.

International works include Italian Yuri Ancarani's Da Vinci, his acclaimed, uncanny portrayal of a robotic surgical procedure that confounded visitors to the Venice Biennale. Other Australian premieres in People Like Us include British composer Michael Nyman's Hillsborough Memorial, commissioned by the 2014 Liverpool Biennale; and award-winning Luxembourg artist Su-Mei Tse's aurally immersive purring cat portraits.

Well-known Australian artists represented in People Like Us include Daniel Crooks, Angelica Mesiti and Joan Ross, who all deploy innovative filmic methodologies to achieve unexpected and immersive visual experiences. In two firsts, Aboriginal-Chinese artist Jason Wing has created a sound work, which tells a moving story about the Stolen Generation, and Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro present their new, first ever video work.

Curated by UNSW Galleries Director Felicity Fenner, People Like Us is commissioned by National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS) Australia and will tour to 14 venues across Australia in 2016–2019.

A National Exhibitions Touring Support Australia exhibition developed by UNSW Galleries and toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW. The National Touring Initiative is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its principal arts funding body, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.


People Like Us Education Kit (PDF 6.3MB)



Angelica Mesiti, Rapture (silent anthem), 2009, Single-channel video, Colour. 10 minutes, 10 seconds. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Angelica Mesiti, Rapture (silent anthem), 2009, Single-channel video, Colour. 10 minutes, 10 seconds. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.


Angelica Mesiti, Rapture (silent anthem), 2009, Single-channel video, Colour. 10 minutes, 10 seconds. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Angelica Mesiti, Rapture (silent anthem), 2009, Single-channel video, Colour. 10 minutes, 10 seconds. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.


Daniel Crooks, A Garden of Parallel Paths, 2012 (still), Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Daniel Crooks, A Garden of Parallel Paths, 2012 (still), Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.


George Poonkhin Khut, BrightHearts app, 2013, Heart rate controlled relaxation training app for iOS devices; iPads. Courtesy Sensorium Health (George Khut and Jason McDermott).

George Poonkhin Khut, BrightHearts app, 2013, Heart rate controlled relaxation training app for iOS devices; iPads. Courtesy Sensorium Health (George Khut and Jason McDermott).


Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, The Drag, 2015, Rover P6; 2-channel video. Colour, sound. 28 minutes. Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.

Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, The Drag, 2015, Rover P6; 2-channel video. Colour, sound. 28 minutes. Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.


Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, The Drag, 2015, Rover P6; 2-channel video. Colour, sound. 28 minutes. Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.

Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, The Drag, 2015, Rover P6; 2-channel video. Colour, sound. 28 minutes. Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.


Michael Nyman, The Art of the Fugue, Single-channel video, Colour; sound. 14 minutes. Courtesy the artist.

Michael Nyman, The Art of the Fugue, Single-channel video, Colour; sound. 14 minutes. Courtesy the artist.


Su-Mei Tse, In collaboration with Jean-Lou Majerus, Son pour Insomniaques (Sound for Insomniacs), 2007, Five framed photographs, each 104 x 104 cm; two seats with embedded MP3 players. Courtesy the artist and Peter Blum Gallery, New York.

Su-Mei Tse, In collaboration with Jean-Lou Majerus, Son pour Insomniaques (Sound for Insomniacs), 2007, Five framed photographs, each 104 x 104 cm; two seats with embedded MP3 players. Courtesy the artist and Peter Blum Gallery, New York.


Yuri Ancarani, Da Vinci, 2012, Single-channel video, Colour, sound. 25 minutes. Courtesy the artist and Galleria Zero, Milan.

Yuri Ancarani, Da Vinci, 2012, Single-channel video, Colour, sound. 25 minutes.
Courtesy the artist and Galleria Zero, Milan.