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Carriageworks 2018: Expect Experimental Art, New Works And Amazing Food Programs

Experimental art, new original works that blend audio-visual, sculpture, sound and more, and amazing food programs are all on the table for Carriageworks' bummer 2018 masterplan.

True to its vision to commission and explore creative work, Carriageworks will host another year of experimental contemporary art, new chamber opera works, cross art-form dance, music and screen works in 2018. Each year, the multi-arts space pushes the boundaries to show risky, large-scale and new works that will challenge the public.

The jewels on the crown of the multi-dimensional art space’s program are three large-scale site-specific exhibitions by international contemporary artists: German painter Katharina Grosse, Carriageworks favourite Japanese sound artist Ryoji Ikeda and American fabric sculptor, dance and performance artist Nick Cave.

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2016 acrylic on wall, floor, and various objects © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2016 / Photo: Pablo Enriquez; courtesy of MoMA PS1 / Facebook

Katharina Grose’s large-scale site-specific installation, commissioned by Carriageworks as part of Sydney Festival, will be presented from January 5. The work, The Horse Trotted Another Couple of Metres, Then It Stopped, created with 8,000 metres of kaleidoscopic woven material will be suspended from the interior of the former rail yards.

From July 3, leading Japanese contemporary artist Ryoji Ikeda will unveil Micro macro, his third major installation in the space. The immersive light and sound work sits at the intersection of art and quantum physics and explores the limits of what humans can observe.

Nick Cave: Until MASS MoCA, 2016. Photo: James Prinz Photography/Carriageworks

Nick Cave’s Until – the largest scale project the institution has presented yet – will be open from November 23. Comprised of thousands of found objects and millions of beads, the artist’s most ambitious project yet gives the sense of stepping inside one of the artist’s iconic sound suits. The free exhibition will feature a number of public performances.

Carriageworks will play host for three of the city’s leading cultural events: the 21st Biennale of Sydney, the 2018 Sydney Writers’ Festival and Sydney Contemporary 2018. Mercedes Benz Fashion Week will return in May.

Heather Mitchell in development showing of Force Majeures ‘You Animal, You’. Photo: Brett Boardman/Facebook 

The multi-arts centre’s resident companies – Sydney Chamber Opera, Indigenous intercultural dance theatre group Marrugeku and multi-disciplinary contemporary dance company Force Majeure will each unveil world premier works. Carriageworks will continue to support artist’s development with masterclasses from these companies along with puppetry and physical theatre group Erth and Indigenous theatre company Moogahlin Performing Arts.

Sydney Chamber Opera will present the world premier of The Howling Girls. This new work, a collaboration between composer Damien Ricketson, director Adena Jacobs and soprano Jane Sheldon unfolds as a ‘slow-motion panic attack’ based on the real life experiences of five teenage girls after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Carriageworks and Noumea’s Centre Cultural Tijbaou have commissioned a new multi-lingual trans Indigenous dance theatre work, Le Dernier Appel (The Last Call) for Marrugeku from August 15. Directed by Serge Aime Coulibaly, the work explores the colonisation of New Caledonia as the country pushes for independence.

Video Junkee 2017 Photo: Yaya Stempler/Facebook

Turning to video, resident film company Felix Media will present a new commission created for the New Normal, Carriageworks’ National Disability Strategy, which looks at the language of connection between spaces – and the place of humanity in the natural world. From July, Carriageworks will host Video Junkee, a two-day celebration that brings together emerging and world leading international and Australian content creators to discuss the golden age of video.

Food, as always, stars on the Carriageworks bill and from 2018, acclaimed chef Mike McEnearney (Kitchen by Mike) will introduce a program of cooking masterclasses and events in collaboration with guest chefs. The popular Night Markets will return with a special food series hosted with Copenhagen-based restaurant Noma. The food program will take an environmental slant as food industry voices speak on Sydney Mad Mondays.

Having taken in upward of 1.2million visitors this year, Carriageworks is developing plans to expand the space. The plans include a 6,000-square metre live music venue, a 200-seat cinema, large public exhibition space and cafes, bars and restaurants.

(Lead image: Thelma Plum will be a Solid Ground artist-in-residence at Carriageworks Photo: Cole Benetts) 

Published 01 December, 2017