DRAWING LINES IN THE SAND, COCKATOO ISLAND, 2012

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A Peloton project / group exhibition on Cockatoo Island of installations by Julia Davis, Elizabeth Day, Christian Edwardes, Lisa Jones + Derek Allan, Geoff Kleem, Adam Norton

19 February - 18 March 2012

Curated by Claire Taylor

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Drawing Lines in the Sand was a group exhibition on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour, presented by Peloton. The exhibition commissioned six installation projects in various locations across the eastern apron of the island that engaged with various aspects of Cockatoo Island’s institutional heritage and topography. They considered the island as a historic, tangible place and a symbolic space more broadly. What connected them was a reflection on conditions of interiority and exteriority in a uniquely Australian context. The exhibition examined the legacy of what Elizabeth McMahon describes as, “the Western colonialist tropism of island territories as condensed sites of acquisition, containment and control,” from a perspective that encompasses contradictory and conflicting extremes, articulating a geographic imaginary particular to the Island Continent.

Visitors could explore a Virtual Reality Simulator, take a walk through a forest of scaffolding, follow a journey descending into a saltmine, hear a ghost of the many machines that once were deafening within the island’s workshops, and perhaps get lost within a giant drawing.

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This project was assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

Julia Davis, Geoff Kleem and Adam Norton’s projects were assisted by a grant from Arts NSW, an agency of the New South Wales Government and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. The program is administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).

Julia Davis’ project was assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, it’s art funding and advisory body.

The exhibition launch was sponsored by Churchview Margaret River in association with Shorty’s Liquor.

The project was also supported by AvantCard Media, Sydney Gallery School (Northern Sydney Institute TAFE), and the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.

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