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Ai Weiwei, Law of the Journey, 2017, reinforced PVC with aluminium frame, 60 x 6 x 3 m. Presentation at the 21st Biennale of Sydney was made possible with generous support from the Sherman Foundation. Installation view of the 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018) at Cockatoo Island. Photograph: silversalt photography. Courtesy the artist and neugerriemschneider, Berlin.

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sea incomprehensible and this boat’s on the same scale. salt water ebbs on and on. its face reflects sky, a knowing blue. eyes only for each other. come in with the tide     2.  remember always to show people what was taken. don’t leave anything behind, not even moments of contemplation. get the shot and crop out the rest     3.  meaning is separate from the art, which is the physicality of emotions. and meaning-making happens outside the body. what is brought into the gallery space is the real thing  humans will not touch each other in public because personal space is both a right and luxury but what is any of this if not to make a connection  certainly do not touch anything in this big room     4.  write about art yet write about the self, I also call this superposition. seventy artists thirty-five countries seven locations still I promise it’s all about me     5.  can’t stop touching something you are obsessed with. it is alive from deep within and tactile and needs to be felt. wants to be moved around, kept up. must observe it at all times  outside later watching it unfold from the doomed first to the broken last all art is love     6.  no matter which way it is shaped it all the bad juts up alongside the good  ‘  so what is the saddest and overriding thought you have We are doomed well it is right next to I am more alive with you than any other time     7.  make space in the heart for that which will slip away. to fall, not to fly is the order of things  maybe the beautiful thing is in the letting go or just your eyes when you looked at me. or were you seeing something else

 

doing 21st Biennale of Sydney
Yukinori Yanagi, Landscape with an Eye, 2018. Presentation at the 21st Biennale of Sydney was made possible with generous support from Anonymous and assistance from the Japan Foundation; the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; and Panasonic. Installation view of the 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018) at Cockatoo Island. Photograph: Zan Wimberley. Courtesy the artist.
doing 21st Biennale of Sydney
Yukinori Yanagi, Landscape with an Eye, 2018. Presentation at the 21st Biennale of Sydney was made possible with generous support from Anonymous and assistance from the Japan Foundation; the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; and Panasonic. Installation view of the 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018) at Cockatoo Island. Photograph: Zan Wimberley. Courtesy the artist.
doing 21st Biennale of Sydney
Yukinori Yanagi, Icarus Container, 2018 (detail), steel, mirror, ground glass, video, sound, dimensions variable. Presentation at the 21st Biennale of Sydney was made possible with generous support from Anonymous and assistance from the Japan Foundation; the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; and Panasonic. Installation view of the 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018) at Cockatoo Island. Photograph: Zan Wimberley. Courtesy the artist.

Susie Anderson

Susie is a writer based in Sydney. Her practice is concerned with the distances between place, people and culture, themes she explores through poetry and non-fiction. ‘doing: 21st Biennale of Sydney’ completes her four-part series of responses to ‘SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement’.

 

‘SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement’, the 21st Biennale of Sydney was presented at seven Sydney museums, galleries and non-traditional exhibition spaces: Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW), Artspace, Carriageworks, Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Sydney Opera House and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

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