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[#19BOS] List of Biennale of Sydney artistes w contact deets

Update (March 7) : Late this afternoon the Biennale Board announced the resignation of its chair, Luca Belgiorno-Nettis, and the immediate suspension of its contract with its major sponsor, Transfield. Briefly: this is a potentially significant step forward in the … Continue reading

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The SUWA Show, Friday, February 28 : Interviews w Liz Thompson [#ManusIsland] & Alana Lentin [#19BOS]

Tomorrow on the ‘Floating Anarchy’ edition of The SUWA Show (5.30pm Friday, February 28 on 855AM, streaming live on 3CR) Dr Cam & I have a yarn with Liz Thompson about Manus Island and Alana Lentin on the Biennale of … Continue reading

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[#19BOS] Transfield Money Talks, Biennale Walks …

“The Biennale of Sydney has taken the correct and only viable course of maintaining its partnership with Transfield.” ~ Matthew Westwood, The Australian, February 25, 2014 “Well I just think that there’s a lot of black noise here where the … Continue reading

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#19BOS Action: Biennale of Sydney and Transfield [5.30pm, Monday, February 24, Melbourne]

[Update (February 24) : ACCA cancelled the address by the Biennale director promoting the event citing security concerns (Melbourne arts event halted over fears of mass protest over involvement of Transfield Services, ABC). About 50 or so people rocked up … Continue reading

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Against the Boycott of the 19th Biennale of Sydney [#19bos]

[... some friendly notes in response to the reply by the Board of Directors of the Biennale of Sydney to an open letter by concerned artists ...] Firstly, let us say that we truly empathise with the artists in this … Continue reading

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#19BOS : Biennale of Sydney responds to critics …

Above : 23yo asylum seeker Reza Berati, killed on Manus Island. The Biennale of Sydney has issued the following statement in response to an open letter from concerned artists: Firstly, let us say that we truly empathise with the artists … Continue reading

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#19BOS update w BONUS! #fuckyeahandrewbolt

From the Department of #FUCKYEAHANDREWBOLT: I’ve been hoping and praying that someone sensible would step in and sort out the mess surrounding the Sydney Biennale and no sooner had I written – When is Andrew Bolt gonna write about the … Continue reading

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Open letter from artists to the Board of Directors of the Biennale of Sydney [#19BOS]

19 February 2014 To the Board of Directors of the Biennale of Sydney, We are a group of artists ­— Gabrielle de Vietri, Bianca Hester, Charlie Sofo, Nathan Gray, Deborah Kelly, Matt Hinkley, Benjamin Armstrong, Libia Castro, Ólafur Ólafsson, Sasha … Continue reading

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Rally and march v Napthine’s Silencing Act: 10am, Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Yeah so there’s a rally (at Trades Hall) and march (to Parliament) tomorrow to protest Premier Napthine’s new laws (Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment Bill 2013 plus) intended to repress community and union pickets and make the public understand they’re … Continue reading

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Boycott the 19th Biennale of Sydney [#19bos]

[Update (February 19) : The boycott campaign now has a website and Facebook page.] A few weeks ago Matt Kiem wrote ‘An art educator’s open letter to colleagues about detention profits and the Sydney Biennale’ (Crossborder Operational Matters, February 4, … Continue reading

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