A CONSTRUCTED WORLD
17.03.2017 – 01.04.2017
I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you —Nobody —too?
Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell! they’d banish us —you know!
How dreary —to be —Somebody!
How public —like a Frog—
To tell your name —the livelong June— To an admiring Bog!
It was on a skype call (without picture) that Lisa Radford said ‘ it’s time to do something’ ‘we gotta do something’. We think the same. We been away such a long time, lost our youth and our minds. Had every gain, bar raised and undermined. Under mine and yours we can still almost be together. Lisa Radford’s book amazing. TCB. We are going to reprise Callum Morton’s tree costume from 1998. he turned up uninvited to be in a video in the Whipstick forest and it changed our way of working and reckoning: anyone-can-be-in-it, NO NEED TO BE GREAT. Jarrod, Lena Douglas, Ry, Jon were all invited again. We invited a go-go dancer we met in Prato and then Paris. It’s the opposite of crowd funding it’s the opposite of quantifying what you have to give, it remains entre nous and You.
A Constructed World founded Melbourne 1993. Selected solo exhibitions include ‘A Dangerous Critical Present’, six room installations made between 2000 and 2014, Museum of Contemporary Art, Villa Croce, Genova (2014); ‘The Social Contract’, Spring Workshop, Hong Kong (2013); ‘Nature Dance’, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (2013); ‘Based on a true story’, a major survey exhibition spanning more than twenty years, Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne (2012); ‘Saisons Increase’, CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux (2008); and ‘Increase Your Uncertainty’, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2007).
A Constructed World have presented performances in museums and art centers such as La Panacée, Center for Contemporary Culture, Montpellier (2014); Artspace, Sydney (2013); Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers (2013); National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2012), Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2012); FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims (2012); Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm (2011); Paola Pivi’s ‘Grrr Jamming Squeek’, Sculpture International Rotterdam (2011); La Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel, (2011) and Villa Arson Center for Contemporary Art, Nice (2010).
They have participated in group exhibitions at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2016); Cneai, Chatou (2015); Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2014); National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2012); Musée de l’Objet, Blois (2011); FRAC des Pays de la Loire, La Garenne Lemot (2011); NUS Art Centre, Singapore (2009) and Foundation Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2008). A Constructed World have participated in a number of biennale including Belleville, Paris (2010), Tirana (2003); Sao Paolo (1998); and Gwangju (1995). They have been the recipients of artist in residence grants from La Panacée, Montpellier (2014); Villa Arson, Nice (2010); Couvent des Récollets, Paris (2007-8), Australia Council, Cité Paris (2005-6); and the Serpentine Gallery, London (2002).
TCB art inc. acknowledges the people of the Kulin Nations as the traditional custodians of the land, recognising their connection to land, waters and community, and the fact that Indigenous sovereignty has never been ceded. We pay our respects to their Elders; past, present and future.
Image: Emily Harvey Foundation New York | 2016