Contemporary art exhibition for Australia now 2018: Heather B. Swann

Project Summary

28 August 2018

Sector: Arts and Culture

Country location: Japan

Grantee: Ms Heather B Swann

Project description

'I let my body fall into a rhythm' is an exhibition of sculpture and performance by respected Australian artist Heather B. Swann.

The fifteen works of art that make up this show have a quiet, static existence as self-contained and beautifully-crafted ensembles of form and surface, but importantly they have an additional identity or function as what the artist calls 'performance tools.'

Throughout the exhibition various performers from both Australia and Japan - actors, musicians, dancers and visual artists - will animate the objects: by wearing, lifting, carrying, pulling, caressing and generally feeling them through a series of self-determined, repetitive actions. At all times when the exhibition is open to the public there will be at least one performer (and often more) enlivening and extending the shape, scale and meaning of the sculptures in this way.

Through the activation of her creations by independent minds and bodies, within galleries already loaded with history and bodily experience - the former bath house and bowling alley of the BUoY Arts Center - Swann expands her work into a social, performative, interactive space, a zone in which not only individual identities but the distinct national cultures of Australia and Japan can meet on common, human ground.

Key dates:

  • Exhibition opening, BUoY Arts Center, 11/10/2018
  • Astrid Connelly performances, BUoY Arts Center, 13/10/2018 to 21/10/2018
  • Performances: Astrid Connelly, Riki Takeda, Tsuyoshi Kondo, Mari Fukutome, Wakana Arai, Nell, BUoY Arts Center, 11/10/2018 to 21/10/2018
  • Artist talks, BUoY Arts Center, 12/10/2018 to 19/10/2018

Social media: @michaelbugelli; @Australianow; @AsialinkArts; @auscouncilarts; @IanPotterMuseum;

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $10,000

Last Updated: 16 August 2018
dance performer posing for photo
Riki Takeda with Heather B. Swann's 'Awkwardo', 2018. Credit: Heather B. Swann