something else is alive: sydney and the animal instinct

Customs House, Sydney | July - December 2017
Curators: Holly Williams & Glenn Barkley

  Mechelle Bounpraseuth, Breadface, 2016, ceramic, dimensions variable. Image courtesy the artist.

 

Mechelle Bounpraseuth, Breadface, 2016, ceramic, dimensions variable. Image courtesy the artist.

 

About the exhibition:

Urbanised and sprawling, Sydney is deeply urbane yet paradoxically wild - where a secret city of animals exists amongst us that is both seen and unseen. We are coupled and tethered to the animal world in a symbiotic relationship that stretches from the present into the past. 

Birds sweep through our skies and pick at our waste, cats rule social media networks, dogs are preened and prepped, and rats scurry endlessly within close proximity. Animals are depicted through deeply symbolic decoration – from public art to architectural motifs. The animals of the city and its people bubble along, co-existing side by side in plain sight, creating a raw primal connection back to our deeper needs and origins.

Something else is alive approaches the idea of the animal in the city in various ways from the humorous to the downright creepy, from the symbolically sacred to the secular. The project will engage with local artists as well as City of Sydney employees, and professionals, residents, visitors – a broad spectrum of the people who connect and reflect the diversity of city life.