The 2020 Adelaide//International looks to the ways in which built forms can make us aware of the social, spatial and temporal present.
The centrepiece of the 2020 Adelaide//International is Somewhere Other, created by John Wardle Architects in collaboration with Natasha Johns-Messenger. This intriguing timber structure (spotted gum, with its colour, grain and scent redolent of the bush) draws the viewer in to explore its mysterious passageways, only to open up to unexpected vistas.
Belgian artist David Claerbout’s monumental real-time moving-image work Olympia charts the disintegration of the Berlin Olympic Stadium into ruins over the course of one thousand years, while First Nations artist Brad Darkson’s sound and sculptural work Hold Me is a critique of antagonistic systems and architectures. Startling and graceful juxtapositions of architecture with the human form by Zoë Croggon, Helen Grogan and Georgia Saxelby also feature.
At the adjacent SASA Gallery, Matthew Bird, working with students from the University of South Australia, responds to the 2020 Adelaide// International with a speculation on the afterlife of architecture.
Samstag is currently closed to the public and is focusing efforts on digital channels to bring audiences the exhibition experience.
The ON ART Podcast will also spotlight conversations between participating artists and curators.
COVID-19 update: While the Samstag museum of art remains closed until 18 August, the Adelaide//International continues online. Subscribe to the ON ART Podcast on your preferred podcast app to hear lively conversations with 2020 Adelaide//International artists Helen Grogan, David Claerbout, Brad Darkson and John Wardle; delve into a dynamic series of essays from the exhibition publication; listen to audio descriptions of a number of artworks and check in on David Calerbout’s Olympia as the march of time continues for audiences via a live stream from the gallery.