Author: Dara Gill


SEGUE/SEGWAY PT 2. – Solo Show at Firstdraft Gallery

7 October – 30 October
13-17 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo, New South Wales, Australia 2011

The Segway is a two-wheeled, self-balancing, motorised platform that was the self-proclaimed ‘future of transportation’.

After the initial awe of the technology wore off, cracks appeared in the futuristic transportation utopia the Segway company wanted for us. It was sent from a bizarre and absurd looking future, built for a city that now seems incomprehensible. Segway has become a novelty, dismissed and ridiculed — now an orphan — it has become the estranged child of invention and progress.

Time Magazine dubbed it the worst invention of all time. Bicycle Police who enthusiastically took up the Segway have become more ridiculed then they were before. The ‘Segway Enthusiasts Group of America’ were forced to disband after 2 years of existence due of a lack of interest in joining its board. And in a bizarre twist of fate the CEO of Segway was killed after accidentally riding one of his products off a cliff. City governments quickly banned its use citing safety concerns for pedestrians and motorists alike, relegating it to ‘safe-spaces’ such as tourists areas or private land.

SEGUE/SEGWAY PT 2. pays homage to and memorialises this trailblazing invention and its efforts to predict, manipulate and give birth to the future, today. This exhibition is the second instalment of the project after the artist’s failed attempt to present ‘SEGUE/SEGWAY PT 1’ which was planned for presentation at Underbelly Arts Festival on Cockatoo Island, Sydney in August 2015.
Part 1 was to be a Segway tour of the Island, imagining it as a ‘Segway Utopia’ in which the infrastructure of the island was transformed to accommodate the device, incorporating new systems such as Segway lanes, signage and traffic management for the device. The project was ultimately met with ‘Segway-phobia’ from the Island’s stakeholders citing safety concerns and unwillingness to accept the device on its land. Elements from Part 1 will be exhibited in Part 2 alongside new work made specifically for this show.

The exhibition follows the artist’s interest on the topic of anxiety and expands on previous work surrounding ‘world-anxiety’ and the bewildering pace of progress in the ‘Age of Anxiety’.

The development of this work was supported by the Australia Council’s New Work Grant in 2013.


MCA ARTBAR ‘Futures’ curated by Dara Gill

Honoured to be curating the next instalment of Artbar at the Museum of Contemporary Art! ARTBAR happens after dark every month. Exhibitions, music, design and live acts come together under the direction of a guest curator, transforming the MCA into a pulsating piece of performance art.

Featuring artwork, performances, lectures and music by:
Vaughan O’Connor & Ben X. Tan.
Michaela Gleave
Josh Harle
110% (Kieran Bryant, Beth Dillon, Lachlan Herd)
Mark Brown
Eddie Sharp & Mark Pesce
Andrew Frost
Claire Finneran & Alex Kiers
Kate MacDonald
Sitting & Smiling
Baden Pailthorpe

Musical Performance by: Polish Club & Hubert Clarke Jr
With Dj Resort Styles


Highlights include (But not limited to!):

The Year 2050′ 
By 2050 it is estimated that the earth’s human population will be 9.07 billion. But what will life be like?
Join futurist Mark Pesce (New Inventors, 702 ABC Sydney) and comedian & writer Eddie Sharp (Fbi Radio, Erotic Fan Fiction) in the lecture theatre as they give their perspectives on what the middle of this century might hold for humanity


Robot Dance Class – Kate Macdonald
Kate MacDonald is a robot sent from the future to show you the latest dance floor trends that are sweeping the Galaxy.
Defrag your hard drive, flash your firmware and prepare to cache your memories for this one night only dance class odyssey.


Art Acquisitions – Josh Harle

Times are tough for the emerging artist. Time to ‘take things into your own hands’ with a job that pays good money.
Josh Harle has recreated the MCA as a video game. Your task, grab as many classic artworks as you can before anyone notices. It’s daylight robbery!

The Future is Now – Andrew Frost
Join us in the Lecture Theatre for the ‘The Future Is Now’ by critic and journalist Andrew Frost (The Guardian, ABC TV, The Art Life)!
From the strange prescience of 2001: A Space Odyssey [1968], to the militaristic insanity of Starship Troopers [1997] to the artist-led overthrow of techno-capitalism in Things to Come [1936], this is a lively guided tour through science fiction cinema and its ability to get the future both right and wrong, often at the same time.

Vaughan O’Connor & Ben X. Tan – ‘Quartzite Scan’ & ‘Quartzite Cloud’
This work utilises military holograms and Virtual Reality headsets! Quartzite Scan & Quartzite Cloud explore immersive 3D imaging practices. Tracing geological samples from a tectonic fault in Oberon, they explore the intersections between military imaging and creative mapping practices. For Artbar, the audience can explore new 3D imaging technologies, viewing digital holograms and exploring an immersive landscape through the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset.

Image: Vaughan W. O’Connor, Quartzite Scan (detail), 2015, Digital Hologram.


‘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.
BUS Projects
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


‘Taken To Task’ – Curated by Dara Gill


Brown Council, Katthy Cavaliere, Beth Dillon, Michaela Gleave, Amala Groom, The Kingpins, Claudia Nicholson, Giselle Stanborough, Julie Vulcan.
Curated By Dara Gill
Publication by Minty Samuels

Kudos Gallery
24 FEB – 7 MAR 2015
Opening Night: Tuesday 24 Feb, 5-7pm

‘Taken to Task’ celebrates the work of female artists and collectives whose work deals with performative and task orientated processes, documented through video. The exhibition traces a linage of female artists using video as a means to explore aspects of duration, labour and performance; often utilising simple actions that connote complex concepts and histories.

The artists selected all share a relationship of having exhibited at Kudos Gallery and have contributed greatly to the community at UNSW Art & Design in various ways over the last two decades. The exhibition will also include the work of current students and recent graduates who are continuing on in this tradition.

The exhibition also marks the reopening of the gallery after renovations. Kudos has undergone a significant refresh of the gallery space and we would love you to come and celebrate its reopening!

Image: Michaela Gleave, ‘Waiting For Time (7 Hour Confetti Work)’ Video performance executed live via Youtube, 10 May 2014.







STILL NOTHING NEW – William Street Windows

Curator: Sophie Kitson

Featuring: Kate Scardifield, Alex Kiers, Jack Mannix, Ben Gavin, Connie Anthes, Andrew Haining, Dara Gill, Anna John, Marc Etherington, Nikolaus Dolman, Laura Hunt, Hossein Ghaemi, Del Lumanta, Malcolm Whittaker, and Benjamin Forster.

STILL NOTHING NEW concludes the series of group exhibitions that make up the William Street Windows project curator, Sophie Kitson, has been presenting since August this year. Like the first exhibition, NOTHING NEW, the latest show utilises the same methodology: participating artists were invited to present previously exhibited work; work forgotten or unfinished; work never sold; or work lying around the house/studio.

The showroom windows of 101-111 William Street serve to provide a literal reframing of each artwork provided by a wide range of Sydney-based artists and creative practitioners. Since August, 40 artists have taken part in this experiment.

William Street Windows has been generously supported by the City of Sydney: Making Space for Creativity.