‘To not believe in the divine, yet always aspire to reach it’ – Bus Projects Group Show
To not believe in the divine, yet always aspire to reach it
Austin Buckett, Omar Chowdhury, Avni Dauti, Dara Gill, Liam O’Brien, Mira Oosterweghel, Clare Rae.
Curated by Callum Ross with a essay by Henry Andersen.
Opening Wednesday 22 July, 6pm
22 July – 8 August 2015
Ill be showing a past work To Roll 2009 in this fantastic show curated by Callum Ross.
To not believe in the divine, yet always aspire to reach it broadly deals with the intricacies and intersections of rituals and repetition. Through the presentation of new and pre-existing works, the project brings together seven young Australian artists to explore how ritualistic acts (religious and secular) may carry new meanings through laborious repetition and also to consider endless repetitive gestures as a set of rituals.
The project has invited artists to work from a title to reveal multiple perspectives and create a conversation without being contained by a fixed statement. The exhibition title takes its premise from Giorgio Agamben’s precept that to believe in the divine and not aspire to reach it is the only way to achieve happiness. By reversing Agamben’s assertion, the exhibition title alludes to Sisyphean notions of repetition and the indefinite postponement of closure.
To not believe in the divine, yet always aspire to reach it will comprise of a series of events including live performance and a film screening, utilizing various spaces across the BUS Projects site. The project will also include a written essay, commissioned as a central component of the exhibition rather than a reaction to it.
Image: Liam O’brien, I’m Too Drunk to Tell You 2011, high definition single channel video. 10min