The Beauty of Distance – Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age. | Part 2

Part 2 of an interview with David Eliot, artistic director of the 17th Sydney Biennale 2010.

In this the 2nd part of the interview, David Elliot talks about the rationale for the inclusion of Australian indigenous art and the art of first peoples globally. He discusses the relevance of  Mertz and Beuys to the thematic and looks at the notions of ‘survival’ as it relates to the sub theme and discusses the inclusion of music in the Biennale.

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The Beauty of Distance – Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age.

Part 1 of an interview with David Elliot, director of the Sydney Biennale 2010.

This interview was conducted at at Artane Gallery Istanbul in September of this year.

David Elliot talks about his background, his rationale for the concept and title for the Sydney Biennale and it’s connection to the region and what is happening in contemporary art.  He discusses the notion of ‘distance’ within the context of the concept for the Biennale. He also discuses the issue of notions of quality in art and his hopes for a shift in the dominant hegemony of Western Art.

“David Elliott is a cultural historian whose main interests concern contemporary art, Russian avant-garde and the visual cultures of central and eastern Europe, Asia and the non-western world from the late nineteenth century. Beginning in the early 1980s, he formulated a series of pioneering exhibitions in one of the first programs to integrate non-western culture with contemporary art. He has published a large number of books, articles and catalogues on these subjects and has curated many exhibitions. He has also written extensively about the present-day role and function of museums and contemporary art.”Vernissage Art TV

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