Sydney Modern, Art Gallery of NSW

MAKING CONNECTIONS…Given the 7 year time frame of my book on the Sydney Opera House evolving as a living thing, starting in 2011, I’m able to follow entire chains of connections … from the Ship Song video that opened up the Sydney Opera House to the world via the video directed by Paul Goldman, to the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds concerts at the Opera House in 2013 to their concerts last January at the International Convention Centre … and to note new connections that are being forged in the new era, that will become more apparent over time. .


There’s a section on the landscape design of @artgalleryofnsw ’s new extension by SANAA. My approach looks at how it’s evolving naturally out of the kitchen garden planted by chef Matt Moran, joining up with the Botanic Gardens, then onto the Opera House precinct. Since the Indigenous galleries will be on the ground floor of the SANAA extension, I’ve made connections between the increasing use of indigenous ingredients (with a supply chain created through chef @reneredzepinoma s pop-up restaurant in Sydney in 2016), through to the Badu Gili projection onto the eastern roof shells of the Bennelong Restaurant, and from the other direction the Bangarra Dance company’s recent works looking at people and events during the arrival of the Europeans, and their own projections onto the southern pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge during the Vivid Festival. .

In conversation with SANAA and Hassell_studio ’s Ken Maher, gallery director Michael Brand said it’s important that the collection stays together and is a record of the art and culture of the city over time, and landscape can now be considered a part of that record.

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