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7:30 mins


Four street performers are connected through a series of beautifully tragic performances.

Futility and failure seem ever-present during these isolated and introverted performances, which are enacted in public spaces in the evening. The performers seem to be responding to their immediate environment, marking their presence in the city. Subtly extraordinary actions permeate the pulse of the city and everyday space becomes aestheticised and cinematised: a puppet dances to an unknown rhythm, a man hypnotically drums the street and surrounding structures, a clown waits for something to happen and a man softly hums folk songs over the din of relentless traffic. These performances introduce a human dimension to an indifferent urban landscape.

  This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.    

  Installation view, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; photo: Jenni Carter
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