Sylvia Schwenk

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 Along white lines

 

Here are some images from the performance Along white lines. This work was performed during half time at the NFTA Grand Final at Aurora Football Stadium, Launceston. There was a real cross-over between sport and art. During the performance over 400 spectators, around 15% of the audience at the football event, interacted with the work and/or spontaneously participated in the action, completely covering the lines marking the centre square of the AFL football field.

A special thanks to all those involved, including the NTFA and Aurora Stadium who were sponsors of this performance.

Conference on Public Art

 

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 16-20 November, 2011

Palais des Congres de Montreal

I have been invited by the Savannah College of Art Design in Georgia USA, to be a part of a panel and deliver a paper about public art at a conference of the American Anthropological Association Conference being held in Montreal. The panel is made up of ten international leading and emerging artists and academics and will take place on Friday 18 November.

Dr Sylvia Schwenk is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

  

Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Award 

 

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Group Show

10 December 2011 to 5 February 2012

Saturday, 10 December, 2009, from 6pm

Gold Coast City Art Gallery

An acquisitive art award and exhibition open to all forms of art media except photography.

The judge for the 2011 Stan and Maureen Duke Art Prize is Davida Allen.

The work selected for this Award is five prison stories.

Conference: Art and social engagement

 

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7-9 December 2011

Victoria University of Wellington

I have been invited to deliver a paper about my art practice in the expanded field of performance art at a conference of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand.
 

 

Along white lines

 

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Performance

Saturday, 17 September

Half time NTFA Grand Final (approx 3.15pm start)

Aurora Football Stadium, Launceston

This work joins art with sport and community. The
performance will see everyday people from Launceston dressed in hooded white coveralls, lying down on sections of the white lines that mark the boundary, centre square and so on of the football field, as well as standing in front of the goal posts. The performers will become the white lines. The spectators at the football event will also be invited to spontaneously participate in the work, increasing the lines on the field made by bodies.

If you would like to participate in this work please email me at: stschwenk@yahoo.com.au

A special thanks to NTFA and Aurora Stadium who are sponsors of this performance.


 

Body Language

 

 

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Group show

27 September - 22 October 2011

Wednesday, 28 September, 6-8pm

Brenda May Gallery, 2 Danks Street Waterloo, Australia

A curated group exhibition that explores how our bodies silently communicate through gestures, posture, expression, style and adornment to the world around us.

I will be exhibiting a new DVD, Sometimes awful things have their own kind of beauty.

 

As part of Body Language I will also direct the reperformance of In silence and movement you can show the reflection of people, which encourages people to become performers in the everyday. The work draws attention to ordinary events or actions that normally go unnoticed, in particular tradesmen installing and removing sheets of glass - reminding us in a small way that history is the total sum of ordinary things: life is not the result of significant events, but the culmination of small, everyday acts, things, coincidences and encounters.

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Saturday, 15 October

1.00 to 1.30pm

Brenda May Gallery, 2 Danks Street Waterloo, Australia


If you would like to participate in this work please email me at: stschwenk@yahoo.com.au

A special thanks to Blundstone Boots, Hard Yakka and O'Brien Glass who are sponsors of this performance.

 

birds and clouds from one life to another 

 

Here are some images from the performance birds and clouds from one life to another which was presented on the German and Dutch border. The art event was an amazing day with over 300 people attending the performances and participating in the project.

A special thanks to all those involved.

Nikola Dicke and I are now working on re-presenting the performance as DVDs, sculptures, installations, works on paper and a book.

For more information about this project, please see: www.birdsandclouds.com

I have uploaded a number of videos which preview the first 20 seconds or so of some of my video works.

 

Sometimes awful things have their own kind of beauty


3:55 min.
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The workers' lift

5:52 min.
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Under Surveillance

3:55 min.
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Artist in Residence

 

I am the artist in residence at the Academy of the Arts, School of Visual and Performing Arts University of Tasmania from 22 August until 10 October 2011

Artforum

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Lecture: My art practice in the expanded field of performance art 

22 September, 2011

12.30pm

Lecture Theatre, Academy of the Arts, School of Visual and Performing Arts University of Tasmania, Invermay Road Launceston

Free. All welcome

Commission

 

 

I have been commissioned by the European Union's GrensWerte program which promotes cross-border artistic and cultural art projects, to create a work of participatory performance art, together with the German artist Nikola Dicke.

The commissioned work is called birds and clouds from one life to another and will see a group of model plane pilots from Germany and Holland working together to fly their model planes in a choreographed performance set to music written especially for this performance. 

This work references Bertolt Brecht’s poem The Lovers and will include an Origami workshop where spectators and pilots will create large origami crane bird sculptures and smaller origami mobiles. The large origami sculptures will feature in a performance later in the day. There will also be a BBQ to celebrate the event.

For more information see: www.birdsandclouds.com

 

The David Harold Tribe Sculpture Award

 

 

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Group Exhibition

1-11 June 

Wednesday 1 June, 6-8pm

Sydney College of the Arts Main Gallery, SCA, Balmain Road Rozelle

The David Harold Tribe Sculpture Award is an exhibition of work by finalists of the David Harold Tribe Sculpture Award 2011, valued at $12,000. The winner will be announced during the exhibition opening. The 2011 finalists are: Merryn Bowden, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Jason Christopher, Stephen Cramb, Kath Fries, Laura McLean, Sylvia Schwenk, Twana Sivan and Rolande Souliere.

This years judges are Ken Unsworth and Elizabeth Fortescue.

 

The workers' lift

 

 

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Solo Exhibition

28 April - 1 May 2011

Sunset to 10pm

Albury Digital Outdoor Gallery, Cnr Kiewa + Swift St Albury

This project includes a large photographic image and a 6 minute single channel DVD with sound.

Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Art Award

 

 

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Group show

9 April - 22 May 2011

Saturday, 9 April, 5-7pm

Gold Coast City Gallery

A national acquisitive art award.

2011 Judge Shaune Lakin, Director of Monash Gallery of Art has selected the following artists for this years prize: Louise ALLERTON, Todd ANDERSON-KUNERT, Robert ASHTON, Narelle AUTIO, Donna BAILEY, Lyn BALZER & Anthony PERKINS, Rebecca BEARDMORE, Liam BENSON, Kate BERNAUER, Jane BURTON, Nigel CLEMENTS, Michael COOK, Nathan CORUM, Rebecca DAGNALL, Tamara DEAN, Damian DILLON, Anne FERRAN, Denise FERRIS, Joachim FROESE, Christopher FULHAM, Phillip GEORGE, Lee GRANT, Kelly HUSSEY-SMITH, Diego IBANEZ, Ingvar KENNE, Jeff LEVINGSTONE, Marita LILLIE, Anne MACDONALD, Eva MAROSY-WEIDE, Gregory McBEAN, Roderick McNICOL, Georgia METAXAS, Prudence MURPHY, Harry NANKIN, Ben Ali ONG, Polixeni PAPAPETROU, Geoff PARR, Debra PHILLIPS, Susan PURDY, Zorica PURLIJA, Helen PYNOR, Lynne ROBERTS-GOODWIN, Phil ROUBIN, Julie RRAP, Joanne SAAD, Sylvia SCHWENK, Sam SHMITH, Steven SIEWERT, Justin SPIERS, Jacqui STOCKDALE, Darren SYLVESTER, Innocenza TORITTO, Anya VAN LIT, Ken & Julia YONETANI.

Artereal Project Space

 

 


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Group show

6 -30 April 2011

Wednesday, 6 April, 6-8pm

Artereal Gallery, 747 Darling St Rozelle, Sydney

This exhibition will include a selection of works of Artereal artists who have been selected as finalists in the 2011 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award at the Gold Coast Art Centre. Artists include Rebecca Beardmore, Liam Benson, Damian Dillon, Anne MacDonald, Sylvia Schwenk and Ken + Julia Yonetani.

Please join me for drinks on opening night.

In silence and movement you can see the reflection of people

 

 

 

Here are some images from the performance 'In silence and movement you can see the reflection of people' which was performed as part of Art Month on the lawns and in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

A special thanks to all those involved.

A special thanks also to Blundstone Boots, Hard Yakka and O'Brien Glass who kindly sponsored this event.

 

Life takes place on foot

 


 

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Solo show

28-29 March 2011

9am to 5pm 

Gallery 2, Sydney College of the Arts, Balmain Road Rozelle

This exhibition will include a selection of works created in Sydney, Holland and Germany over the last 3 years.

In silence and movement you can show the reflection of people

 

 


 



 



 


 


 

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Saturday, 12 March

1.00 to 1.30pm

Meet on the lawns in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art, George Street, The Rocks, Sydney

If you would like to participate in this work please email me at: stschwenk@yahoo.com.au

This new work of participatory performance art is being created as part of 'Art Month'.

In the performance a group of everyday people-cum-performers draw attention to ordinary events or actions that normally go unnoticed. The performers will be dressed in orange overalls, orange hard hats and black boots 'carrying' sheets of pretend glass and performing other simple repetitive steps appropriate to the space. The site was selected due to the extensive construction works extending the MCA.

 

 

Life takes place on foot

 

 

Here are some images from the performance 'Life takes place on foot' on Market Street Sydney as part of the City of Sydney's 'Art and About' festival.

A special thanks to all those involved.