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Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10

2015

2-5 Oct

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2 – 5 October, 2015 The Mildura Palimpsest Biennale – Opening Long Weekend Experience is renowned as an extraordinary, experiential and rollicking engagement between artists and audience. Art, food and hospitality brings multicultural Mildura together for a weekend that is unforgettable. More than 70 artists from many nations across Australia and around the world converge in Mildura to celebrate and present dynamic new site-specific works, made during residencies in the Mildura region over the previous two years.

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Mildura Palimpsest Biennale Gallery - ADFA Building 31-33 Deakin Ave, Mildura, Vic

Wallflower Photomedia Gallery 41 Deakin Ave, Mildura, Vic

Gallery 25 27 Deakin Ave, Mildura, Vic

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Deconstruct @The Biennale Club 85 - 91 Deakin Ave, Mildura, Vic

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Mildura Arts Centre & Rio Vista House 199 Cureton Ave, Mildura, Vic

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7 Chaffey Ave, Mildura , Vic

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Old Mildura Homestead & Woolshed 278A Cureton Ave, Mildura, Vic

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Langtree Mall Langtree Avenue, Mildura, Vic

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Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council 107 - 111 Twelfth St, Mildura, Vic

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La Trobe University 471 Benetook Ave, Mildura, Vic

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Mungo National Park Arumpo Rd, Mungo, NSW

The Opening Long Weekend Experience is structured as a unique journey throughout Mildura and the region, visiting every artist’s installation and/or performance over four days, so that the audience experiences the full program in an inspiring and collegiate way. Self-walk and self-drive maps are also provided for those who want to take the program at their own pace, however the majority of ‘Palimpsesters’ enjoy the entire weekend as a collaborative event not to be missed.

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Opening Long Weekend Experience FRIDAY 2 OCTOBER 12 - 4pm Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10 - Launch Wiimbia Mayii Kulpa Larna Bush Symposium & Artist Installations Mungo National Park / Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area $40 including lunch and bus to Mungo departing 10.30am from Mildura Station (1.5hrs from Mildura) Artists & Thinkers: Mungo Elders & Traditional Owners, Yutaka Kobayashi & Bruce Pascoe, Mandi King, Shannon Young, Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan, and Unmapping the End of the World Artists

6 - 8pm Walking Slowly Downhill : Weaving Stories (Murray River) & Inland Residency Installations and Performances Mildura Biennale Gallery - ADFA Building 31-33 Deakin Ave, Mildura Free Event Artists: Domenico de Clario, Steven Rhall, Clair Bates, Catrina Doolan, Charlie Davis, Bronwyn Razem, Glenda Nicholls, Ellen Trevorrow, Major Moogy Sumner, Samantha Doolan, Jennifer Bates, Jelina Haines, Debra Rankine, Alice Abdulla, Anne McMahon, Melanie Evans, Gail Mandson, Jill Orr, Junichiro Iwase, Sasha Huber & Petri Saarikko, Lachlan Anthony, Filomena Coppola, Sharon Jewell, Kyle Walker, Rohan Morris, Rachel Kendrigan, and Hannah Bertram

7 - 9pm Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10 – Opening Night Unmapping the End of the World Mildura Arts Centre & Rio Vista Historic House 199 Cureton Ave, Mildura Free Event | refreshments & finger food 8pm - Late Deconstruct @ The Biennale Club Artists: Daniel Browning, Daniel Crooks, Jim Everett, 85-91 Deakin Ave, Mildura Camilla Franzoni, Julie Gough, Mishka Henner, $65 including Dinner & Live Performances Sasha Huber, Jonathan Kimberley, Ricky Mitchell, Kumpei Dulcie du Jour, Wonderland, and Domenico de Clario Miyata, Daryl Pappin, Koji Ryui, Yhonnie Scarce, Lyota Yagi, Bill Balaskas and Bonita Ely SUNDAY 4 OCTOBER 9.30 - 1pm Art is a time machine 9pm - Late Deconstruct @ The Biennale Club Symposium @ La Trobe University Mildura Pamlimpsest Biennale 10th Brian Grogan Theatre, Benetook Ave, Mildura Anniversary Celebration $30 Entry | Barista coffee & light breakfast 85-91 Deakin Ave, Mildura available from 8.30am $35 including supper and welcome drink Speakers: Dr Amelia Barikin (University of QLD) ‘Sound Music, Entertainment & Live Performances Fossils and Speaking Stones: Being after Time.’ Panel: Ricky xs collective and ‘Art Caching Project’ Launch Mitchell (Paakantji), Daniel Browning (Bundjalung/Kullilli) Artists: Geoffrey Brown, Dan Downing, Rosina Byrne, ABC Radio National Awaye, Bill Balaskas (Greece) Rohan Morris, Danielle Hobbs, Kristian Häggblom, Rachel Kendrigan, Kerryn Sylvia, Laura Freitag, Stuart Walsh, 1 - 5pm Intercultural Installations & Heather Lee, Luci Marcuzzo. Emerging Indigenous E-Media Program Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council SATURDAY 3 OCTOBER 105-111 Twelfth St, Mildura 9.30 - 1pm Curator’s Talk & Biennale Art Bus Tour Purchase multicultural lunch in support of: Congolese, Deconstruct @ The Biennale Club Burundian, Greek, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi, Afghan, and Mildura Club, 85-91 Deakin Ave, Mildura Nepalese Refugee Communities Barista coffee & light breakfast available from 8.30am. Artists: Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan, Rosina Byrne, Emile Artists: Izabela Pluta, Paul Gazzola, Catherine Shields, Zile, Ishmael Marika, Nancy Daylight, Desma Juli, Daryl Chris Boha Pappin, Vincent Namatjira, Eric Barney, Joseph Nyabenda, Wallflower Photomedia Gallery, 41 Deakin Ave, Mildura Sadia Najafi, Raihana Hashimi, Masooma Haidary, Tahira Artists: Kristian Häggblom & Tuomas A. Laitinen Khudarahm, Hanifa Khudarahm, Mah-gul Ibrahimi, Gallery 25, Café 27 Deakin Avenue, Mildura Saria Jaffri. Artist: Mathieu Gallois Old Mildura Homestead & Woolshed 6pm - Late Deconstruct @ The Biennale Club Artists: Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley, Justine 85-91 Deakin Ave, Mildura Makdessi, Nick Smith $65 including dinner & performances 7 Chaffey Ave, Mildura 8 - 10pm ...suit up in costumes provided and walk to a Artist: Marcia Jane Mystery Location from the Club for Antipodean Epic, a Nichol’s Point Scout Hall Live Performance by Jill Orr, not to be missed. Artist: Valdene Diprose Then return to Deconstruct @ the Biennale Club ‘til late. 2 - 5pm The Art Grand Final Deconstruct @ The Biennale Club Mildura Club, 85-91 Deakin Ave, Mildura AFL Grand Final on the Big Screen For ART and FOOTBALL LOVERS who want the best of both worlds $25 Entry, incl gourmet footy lunch and a complimentary Mildura Brewery beer xs collective and ‘Art Caching Project’ is the Grand Final Alternative - various locations, navigate to site with the Art Caching website.

MONDAY 5 OCTOBER 9.30 - 12pm Artists Talks Deconstruct @ The Biennale Club 85-91 Deakin Ave, Mildura Free Event | Barista Coffee & Light Breakfast available from 8.30am Paul Gazzola, Chris Boha, Kristian Häggblom & Tuomas A. Laitinen, Sasha Huber & Petri Saarikko.


Curatorial Artists from many nations across the continent of Australia including: Awakabal | Bundjalung/Kullilli | Gija | Gunditjmara | Kokatha/Nukunu | Mutthi Mutthi | Ngarrindjeri | Ngiyampaa | Paakantji/Barkindji | Plangermaireenner | Tebrikunna | Yolgnu | Yorta Yorta | ...come together with artists from many nations around the world including: Afghanistan | Burundi/Tanzania | Canada | East Timor | Finland | France | Greece | Haiti | Italy | Japan | Pakistan | Philippines | Switzerland | United Kingdom | USA | Imagine for a moment that there is no such thing as history; and that rather, everything that has ever happened is always entirely present, everywhere all at once...here. Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10 brings more than 70 artists together from many nations across Australia and around the world and presents a durational two year program of experimental, site-specific, new work, engaging with the theme of everywhere all at once... here. Such an enquiry is inherently intercultural and invites artistic engagement at the contemporary nexus between what might be called ‘the virtual and the grounded’, via a diverse program of durational projects embracing online technology, multiple media platforms and walking country. Mildura is a diverse intercultural zone at the edge of the idea of disurbanityi; a powerful locus of intercultural contemporaneity that is capable of asking the key biennale question: What does connection to country, groundedness and local identity mean in an age of globalisation and technological revolution? Contemporary notions of post-national world order are so replete with ambivalence, that the dissolution of any delimiting intercultural ‘palimpsest’ will rightly be resolute with doubt and belief. Yet, any starting point in the world is of course already ‘out of time’. Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10 resists the persistent biennale model of a ‘temporary utopiaii’ by inviting experimental and intercultural investigations into such post-national doubt and belief.

nations the Latje Latje, Paakantji, Mutthi Mutthi and Ngiyaampaa peoples; and one of the most diverse local and migrant communities in the country, with over 65 international and 26 Indigenous languages spoken in Mildura. This distinctive cultural character is amplified by the visceral physical transition between the fertile yet liminal irrigated plains of Australia’s largest river and the desert country that stretches out on all sides to the great inland of the Australian continent. At first glance therefore, the Mildura region is a palimpsest of the highest order, a diverse intercultural zone layered with ‘history’ and yet presumed to be off the beaten track of the international art world. However, Mildura is in fact an inland city that harbours a far more complex generative agency, with a significant experimental art legacyiii, capable of interpolating the shifting ground of the contemporary international, from an inland southern hemisphere locus. Concurrently however, outmoded notions of exclusivity and non-transmutable locus are often too presumptuous. Without actively seeking non-hegemonic intercultural collaborative agency that is capable of recognising anew the contemporary simultaneity of ancient knowledge and virtual reality, we remain at risk of Elysian delusion with regard to equitable intercultural discussion. Imagine for a moment that ‘history’ itself is a delimiting concept; and that out of ‘history’ we can perhaps reconfigure the core element of intercultural contemporaneity; the notion that we can be everywhere all at once...here. It is not for any one of us to know how or where such a collaborative journey might take us, but rather that we can be more open to how it might change us.

Engaging with diverse intercultural belief systems that are generated by the global convergence of international traditions, beliefs and technologies, and are breaking with global modernist timelines in meaningful ways, is arguably the central artistic challenge that defines our age.

We invite you to join with the artists for the Mildura Palimpsest Biennale | Opening Long Weekend Experience; a rollicking four day journey of intercultural enquiry, artistic discussion and a rolling series of opening parties celebrating the culmination of this durational program.

For example, we can simultaneously recognise that contemporary knowledge about the continent of Australia and its place in the world has always been held by peoples from the hundreds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations that have always lived here; and we can recognise that contemporary knowledge about the Australian continent is held amid its global intercultural hybridity, made up of every nationality on the planet, forming and reforming ‘Australia’ in perpetuity.

Jonathan Kimberley Curator Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10, 2015.

A globally significant dynamic exists between one of the most important sites of continuous human occupation in the world at Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area / Mungo National Park; local Indigenous

McCullough was curator of the second Biennale of Sydney (1976).

i. Anthony Gardner and Charles Green, ‘Biennials of the South on the Edges of the Global’, Third Text, 27:4, (2013). ii. Augustin Berque, Research on the history of disurbanity, EHESS/CNRS, Paris. berque@ehess.fr, 2001. iii. The Mildura Sculpture Triennials (1961-1988), revered predecessor of the Mildura Palimpsest Biennale (1998-2015), represented a significant shift in Australian contemporary art. Post 1970, with Tom McCullough as curator, the triennials became the most significant experimental, site-specific, interdisciplinary contemporary art events in Australia, coinciding with Christo’s The Wrapped Coast (1969) and preceding the first Biennale of Sydney (1973). As a result, Tom


Wiimbia Mayii Kulpa Larna Bush Symposium & Artist Installations The Opening Long Weekend Experience kicks off at the world renowned Mungo National Park with a ‘Bush Symposium’ led by Mungo Elders, Traditional Owners and Mildura Palimpsest Biennale artists and thinkers. Installations and participatory projects by Biennale artists can be viewed after the Symposium. It’s about everybody coming together from all over the country and around the world, to sit on country and share stories. It is also about acknowledging the role that Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area plays in getting the story out about the oldest living culture in the world. I think it’s important for the bigger story to be out there too, in regards to linking and sharing peoples stories from different parts of the world and connecting world heritage areas. Ricky Mitchell (Paakantji) Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10 kicks off with Wiimbia Mayii Kulpa Larna – a ‘bush symposium’ at Mungo National Park. Part of the MPB#10 - Art is a time machine Symposia Series, Wiimbia Mayii Kulpa Larna was originally proposed by Ricky Mitchell (Paakantji), Biennale artist and MPB#10 organising committee member. The Bush Symposium commences with a Welcome to Country by Paakantji, Mutthi Mutthi and Ngyiaampaa Elders, the presentation of a major ceremonial intercultural and collaborative art work by fourteen Unmapping the End of the World artists, and then an informal discussion, sitting on country, between elders, artists and audience based on the Biennale theme: everywhere all at once...here. A tightly packed program on the day includes lunch and artist installations at Mungo National Park. These include: Yutaka Kobayashi (Japan) World’s First Baker, a durational collaborative project with local Indigenous and non-Indigenous school children, growing, harvesting, grinding and baking native millet into damper in solar ovens, made by the students. Yutaka will also be in discussion with author Bruce Pascoe; Mandi King’s installation, Cloud Catcher, made in collaboration with local Mildura Sunraysia Spinners and Weavers; and Shannon Young’s, Basin Abulations: Lake Mungo, the residue of an epic walk with a shopping trolley and a frozen block of Murray River water across Lake Mungo.

Friday 2 October 12.00 - 4.00pm Mungo National Park / Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area $40 (inc lunch and bus to Mungo) $20 (lunch only) Bus Departures: 10.30am from Mildura Bus Station (7th Street, across from Lime Ave) 4.00pm from Mungo National Park

Artists, Elders & Thinkers: Mandi King (Aus / USA) Yutaka Kobayashi (Japan) Shannon Young (Aus / USA) Marie Mitchell (Paakantji) Warren Clark (Barkindji) Aunty Lottie (Paakantji) Joyce Smith (Mutthi Mutthi) Joan Slade (Ngiyaampaa) Noel Johnson (Barkindji) Dawn Smith (Ngiyampaa) Maureen Taylor (Ngiyampaa) Mary Pappin (Mutthi Mutthi) Peggy Thomas (Barkindji/Paakantji) Mary-Anne Marton (Barkindji/Paakantji) Beryl Kennedy (Ngiyampaa) Roy Kennedy (Ngiyampaa) Tanya Charles (Mutthi Mutthi) Leanne Mitchell (Paakantji) Jo Gorman (Aus) Dan Rosendahl (Aus) Mary Mudford (Ngunnawal/Wiradjuri) David Turnbull (Aus)


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Deconstruct is unpredictable and a little crazy. The hub of Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10 with DJs and live performances all weekend long.

Deconstruct @ The Biennale Club Friday 2 - Sunday 4 October The Mildura Club 85 - 91 Deakin Ave, Mildura, Vic

The AFL Grand Final Live on the Big Screen Saturday 3 October 2 - 5pm Deconstruct @ The Biennale Club The Mildura Club 85 - 91 Deakin Ave, Mildura, Vic $25 (inc gourmet footy lunch and a Mildura Brewery beer) 18+ Event

THE ART GRAND FINAL

the best of both worlds for art and footy fans


Alice Abdulla Lachlan Anthony Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan Bill Balaskas Clair Bates Jennifer Bates Eric Kumanara Barney Hannan Bertram Chris Boha Geoffrey Brown Daniel Browning Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley Rosina Byrne Domenico de Clario Filomena Coppola Daniel Crooks

Charlie Davis Nancy Daylight Valdene Diprose Tina Doolan Samantha Doolan Dan Downing Bonita Ely puralia meenamatta (Jim Everett) Camilla Franzoni Laura Freitag Mathieu Gallois Paul Gazzola Julie Gough Rony Guterres Kristian H채ggblom & Tuomas A. Laitinen Jelina Haines

Image: Kumpei Miyata Flying, Photograph by Koji Ryui, Unmapping the End of the World, 2015

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Yutaka Kobayashi Justine Makdessi Gail Mandson Ishmael Marika Anne McMahon John Mc Bride Ricky Mitchell Kumpei Miyata Glenda Nicholls Vincent Namatjira Sadia Najafi Joseph Nyabenda Jill Orr Daryl Pappin Izabela Pluta Debra Rankine

Bronwyn Razem Steven Rhall Koji Ryui Yhonnie Scarce Catherine Shields Nicholas Smith Major Moogy Sumner Kerryn Sylvia Ellen Trevorrow Kyle Walker Stuart Walsh Lyota Yagi Shannon Young Emile Zile xs collective

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Unmapping the End of the World There are many words for ‘Country’ Kira / Kiida (Barkindji / Paakintji) | Thangurra (Mutthi Mutthi) Ngyiampaa (Ngyiampaa) | Country (Australia) Jimoto (Japan) | Paese (Italy) Unmapping the End of the World is an international, durational contemporary art project that brings together fourteen artists from many nations across Australia, Europe and Japan, to ‘walk country’ together on three continents and to expand the artistic discussion around global intercultural contemporaneity. Unmapping the End of the World aims to shift conventional notions of the singular locus of a Biennale and commences with an official Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10 journey, between three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, in Australia, Japan and Italy. This collaborative journey specifically acknowledges that the continent of Australia has always been home to many Aboriginal nations by commencing at a site of great significance, not only to the local Paakantji/ Barkindji, Mutthi Mutthi and Ngyiampaa peoples, but also to global knowledge about humanity as a whole. Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area (Mungo National Park) is one of the world’s oldest known sites of human occupation (42,000+ years). The artists then travelled consecutively to the Kumano Kodo UNESCO World Heritage Walk in Japan and the Valcamonica Rock Art UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Italy.

Artists: Daniel Browning (Bundjalung/Kullilli) Daniel Crooks (Aus) Camilla Franzoni (Camuni/Italy) Julie Gough (Tebrikunna) Jonathan Kimberley (Aus) Mishka Henner (France/UK) Sasha Huber (Switzerland) puralia meenamatta (Jim Everett)(Plangermaireenner) Ricky Mitchell (Paakantji) Kumpei Miyata (Japan) Daryl Pappin (Mutthi Mutthi) Koji Ryui (Japan/Aus) Yhonnie Scarce (Kokatha/Nukunu) Lyota Yagi (Japan)

Image: Sasha Huber, Unmapping the End of the World, Mungo National Park. 2015

Friday 2 October 7 - 9pm Mildura Arts Centre 199 Cureton Avenue, Mildura Free Event

Elders & Thinkers: Marie Mitchell (Paakantji) Warren Clark (Barkindji) Aunty Lottie (Paakantji) Joyce Smith (Mutthi Mutthi) Joan Slade (Ngiyampaa) Noel Johnson (Barkindji) Dawn Smith (Ngiyampaa) Maureen Taylor (Ngiyampaa) Mary Pappin (Mutthi Mutthi) Peggy Thomas (Barkindji/Paakantji) Mary-Anne Marton (Barkindji/Paakantji) Beryl Kennedy (Ngiyampaa) Roy Kennedy (Ngiyampaa) Tanya Charles (Mutthi Mutthi) Leanne Mitchell (Paakantji) Dan Rosendahl (Aus) Jo Gorman (Aus) Mary Mudford (Ngunnawal/Wiradjuri) David Turnbull (Aus) Federico Troletti (Italy) John McBride, Walk Japan (Japan/Aus)


Weaving Stories (Murray River) Artists: Clair Bates (Paakantji, Mildura) Bronwyn Razem (Gunditjmara, Geelong) Ellen Trevorrow (Ngarrindjeri, Coorong) Glenda Nicholls (Ngarrindjeri, Swan Hill) Tina Doolan (Paakantji, Mildura) Charlene Davis (Awakabal, Mildura) Gail Manderson (Wiradjuri, Wagga) Samantha Doolan (Paakantji, Mildura) Jennifer Bates (Paakantji, Mildura) Melanie Evans (Jingalee, Wagga) Debra Rankine (Ngarrindjeri, Coorong) Alice Abdulla (Ngarrindjeri, Coorong) Jelina Haines (Australia / Philippines, Coorong) Anne McMahon (Australia)

Saturday 3 October 6 - 8pm Mildura Palimpsest Biennale Gallery ADFA Building 31 - 33 Deakin Ave, Mildura Free Event

Weaving Stories (Murray River), is a major collaborative fibre art installation for the Biennale created by Indigenous weavers from many Murray River nations. Weaving Stories will represent each of these nations in the Biennale exhibition through the unbroken threads of many stories woven together in a narrative of the Murray River and its people. Each of these distinct Indigenous nations brings its own culture, stories and character to the project using native reeds, grasses and other found materials from their region to create an interwoven installation of living culture along the Murray River. Led by master weavers: Clair Bates (Paakantji) in Mildura/Wentworth; Ellen Trevorrow (Ngarrindjeri) in the Coorong; Glenda Nicholls (Waddi Waddi/Yorta Yorta/Ngarrindjeri) from Swan Hill, and Bronwen Razem (Gunditjmara) from Geelong, the central shared vision articulated at the first Mildura workshop in February was a belief in the importance of representing the river as a continuous life force, which has sustained many generations of people of many Indigenous nations across all time. This now includes peoples who have arrived from more than 60 countries across the globe who also depend on the river to sustain their lives. A series of weaving workshops is being held along the river to which all nations are invited. The opening workshop in Mildura in early February was hosted by the Murray Darling Dreamtime Weavers, led by master weaver Clair Bates and was attended by 21 weavers and was the first occasion in memory when senior women from so many nations have gathered together to work towards a shared goal of telling the story of the river and its people. The next workshop was held at Camp Coorong in SA in mid-April and be led by renowned Ngarrindjeri weaver Ellen Trevorrow. In July a third workshop was held in Mildura this time led by master weaver Glenda Nichols who taught a specific technique used to make fish nets. A fourth workshop was also hosted by the Coorong weavers in August. Weaving has always been an important way of keeping in touch with and maintaining the health of the river through the process of collecting reeds. The river’s environmental degradation has an impact on the availability of traditional reeds used for weaving and the great majority of traditional foods. Environment, culture and food are intimately connected. The Murray & Darling Rivers are like the kitchen, the centre of food production and life, the place where people gather, and the installation will reflect the many changes that have occurred in the way that people now nurture themselves and their culture. The Weaving Stories installation will contain many woven objects and figures created individually and collaboratively. At the heart of the installation a single large collaborative piece will be created in the traditional ‘all hands on’ manner. This piece unites and contains the installation representing the unbroken thread of many stories woven together.

Images: Woven works by the Murray Darling Dreamtime Weavers, woven fish nets by Clair Bates and Tina Doolan. Photography by Danielle Hanifin

We are connected by the river in all time, our histories are interwoven with our futures. This hands on project is a material manifestation of global intercultural contemporaneity. Weaving Stories will culminate in a major intercultural contemporary artwork for Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10 which celebrates the many Indigenous nations living along the Murray & Darling Rivers.


Walking Slowly Downhill Artists Domenico de Clario (Italy/Aus) Steven Rhall (Taungurung) Domenico de Clario (Italy/Aus) will walk the entire length of the Murray River from its source at Mt. Kosciuszko National Park, NSW, to the river mouth at Goolwa, SA. His first step, before setting out on the journey, has been to request permission from Traditional Owners along the Murray River to walk their country. From this first step the project will unfold in as yet unknowable ways. Steven Rhall (Taungurung) will collaborate, document, upload a daily live webcast and pilot the support vehicle for the duration of the journey. Dom de Clario as ‘the walker’ says he “has undertaken the journey because he wants to walk the length of “the most culturally important river in Australia, both since colonization and certainly since time immemorial before it”. Secondly, he wants to approach what is “the most complex and demanding of the many walking projects he’s undertaken as ‘the stranger’, and consequently as ‘the beginner’ he has always been, without assuming, because neither strangers nor beginners have the right to, any prior knowledge of either the country they cross or of its various histories”. Domenico was born in Trieste, Italy, in 1947; he immigrated with his parents and sister to Australia in 1956 and all have lived and worked in Melbourne since then. He wishes to walk upon and through Country (with the permission of its Elders) because he wants to walk the length of the Murray River, from source to mouth, as a beginner; perhaps even as a migrant singing his way through the journey from the watershed of the Murray deep in the Snowy Mountains to the Goolwa River Mouth. Steven Rhall’s interdisciplinary practice responds to the cultural landscape, creating networks of interconnected signs and symbols. Reflecting upon both medium specificity, the meaning of objects and cultural semiotics, Rhall merges post-colonial and interpersonal narratives. Rhall is a Taungurung man from Kulin Nation Country northeast of Melbourne and southwest of Kosciuszko. Known for his photographic practice, his installations often include video, found objects and materials of advertising.

Saturday 3 October 6 - 8pm Mildura Palimpsest Biennale Gallery ADFA Building 31 - 33 Deakin Ave, Mildura Free Event


Inland Residencies

Image: Jill Orr, Antipodean Epic (in development for MPB#10, 2015). Photographer: Christina Simons

Artists: Bill Balaskas (Greece) Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley (Melbourne) Bonita Ely (Sydney) Jill Orr (Melbourne) Kristian Haggblom (Bendigo) & Tuomas A. Laitinen (Finland) Shannon Young (Mildura/USA) Sasha Huber (Switzerland/Haiti) & Petri Saarikko (Finland) Hannah Bertram (Melbourne) Izabela Pluta (Poland/Sydney) Nicholas Smith (Melbourne) Junichiro Iwase (Canada/Japan) Filomena Coppola (Melbourne/Mildura) Rosina Byrne (Mildura/Italy) Geoffrey Brown (Mildura) Rachel Kendrigan (Hobart) & Rohan Morris (Mildura) Laura Freitag (Mildura) Danielle Hobbs (Mildura) Mat Gallois (Sydney) Dan Downing (Mildura) Kerryn Sylvia (Mildura) Stuart Walsh (Ballarat/Mildura)

Venues Mildura Palimpsest Biennale Gallery ADFA Building 31-33 Deakin Ave, Mildura Wallflower Photomedia Gallery 41 Deakin Ave, Mildura Old Mildura Homestead Cottage 278A Cureton Ave, Mildura Sunrasia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council 107-111 Twelfth St, Mildura Gallery 25 27 Deakin Ave, Mildura Deconstruct @ The Biennale Club 85-91 Deakin Ave, Mildura Mungo National Park Arumpo Rd, Mungo, NSW Rio Vista Historical House Mildura Arts Centre 199 Cureton Ave, Mildura

The Mildura Palimpsest Biennale specifically supports Australian and International artists to develop innovative, site-specific new work, via a program of extended residencies, in response to our inland region and its global context. Artist residencies include: studio/accommodation, assistance with equipment and materials, community contacts, partnerships (where appropriate), and artists’ fees for completed work for the Biennale. In 2014/15 artists have booked in for residencies ranging from one week to one year. Projects developed within the Inland Residences Program become part of the Biennale program and are exhibited through various venues in Mildura. Image: Junichiro Iwase, Lunette ‘ki’, 2015, Tree branch and eggshells


Art Is a Time Machine at La Trobe University, Mildura Speakers: Dr Amelia Barakin (University of QLD)

Sound Fossils and Speaking Stones: Being After Time.

Ricky Mitchell (Paakantji) Daniel Browning (Bundjalung/Kullilli) Bill Balaskas (Greece) Art is a time machine is an ongoing conversation about diverse conceptions of time; working between the virtual and the grounded; contemporary intercultural collaboration; and walking together as creative practice, all in the context of global contemporaneity. Art as a time machine Symposia Series kicked off the Biennale early April 2015 and will culminate in Mildura during the Opening Long Weekend.

Art is a Time Machine at NGV International, Melbourne Symposium #1 Blurring the boundaries of space/time Mishka Henner (UK / France) Thursday 9 April 2015 | 6.00 – 8.00pm Provocateurs: Helen Hughes, Editor Discipline magazine & Dr Kristian Häggblom, La Trobe University Symposium #2 Unmapping the End of the World Yhonnie Scarce (Kokatha/Nunkunu) & Jonathan Kimberley (Australia) Thursday 21 May 2015 | 6.00 – 8.00pm Provocateur: Dr Ian Mclean Symposium #3 Walking Slowly Downhill Domenico de Clario (Italy/Aus) & Steven Rhall (Taungurung) Wednesday 26 August 2015 | 6.00 – 8.00pm Provocateur: Andrew Stephens, The Age Newspaper Symposium #4 Remedies Sasha Huber (Switzerland) & Petri Saarikko (Finland) 15 September 2015 | 6.00 – 8.00pm Provocateur: Esther Anatolitis, Director Regional Arts Victoria

Sunday 4 October 10.00 - 1.00pm La Trobe University Brian Grogan Lecture Theatre 471 Benetook Ave, Mildura,Vic $30


Intercultural Installations at SMECC Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council A fantastic multicultural lunch and drinks are available for purchase in support of local Congolese, Greek, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi, Afghan, and Nepalese refugee communities. Solomon Islander musicians Willie Mae and Stephen Xlowaki, Tanzanian/Burundi musician Joseph Nyabenda, and an exciting local Samoan performance group will kick off the afternoon. A plethora of multicultural food to accompany the music and art installations by a diverse intercultural group of artists from many nations across Australia and around the world further develops the discussion of everywhere all at once ...here. Join us in this new partnership and collaborative event to celebrate that there are over 65 nationalities and languages in the Mildura area.

Artists: Rosina Byrne (Australia/Italy) Masooma Haidary (Pakistan) Raihana Hashimi (Pakistan) Mah-gul Ibrahimi (Afghanistan) Jakiya (Afghanistan) Saria Jaffri (Afghanistan) Hanifa Khudarahm (Afghanistan) Tahira Khudarahm (Afghanistan) Sadia Najafi (Afghanistan) Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan (Philippines/ Australia) Emile Zile (Australia/Latvia) Petri Saarikko (Finland) & Sasha Huber (Switzerland)

Emerging Indigenous E-Media Program Artists: Ishmael Marika (Yolngu) Nancy Daylight (Gija) Desma Juli (Gija) Daryl Pappin (Mutthi Mutthi) Vincent Namatjira (Aranda/ Pitjantjatjara) Eric Kumanara Barney (Yankunytjatjara/ Pitjantjatjara) Joseph Nyabenpa (Burundi) Rony Guterres (East Timor) Mentors: Emile Zile (Aus/Latvia) Daniel Crooks (Aus)

The Mildura Emerging Indigenous E-Media Mentorship Program is aimed at supporting young and emerging Indigenous artists from isolated / inland communities who are working with digital media and interdisciplinary projects. The aim is to provide exciting opportunities for these artists to explore the potential of digital media to articulate the significance of contemporary Indigenous art practice, aimed at shifting intercultural ground and understandings of the vitality of such practice. Image: Ishmael Marika, Galka (still), 2014

Sunday 4 October 1.00 - 5.00pm Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council (SMECC) 107-111 Twelfth St, Mildura, VIC Free Event


Lachlan Anthony (VCA) Chris Boha (Uni SA) Valdene Diprose (UWA) Paul Gazzola (UTAS) Marcia Jane (VCA) Sharon Jewell (QUT) Mandi King (Uni SA) Justine Makdessi (MU) Catherine Shields (LTU) Kyle Walker (COFA)

uniVARS The uniVARS Postgraduate Program supports selected postgraduate university students to participate in Mildura Palimpsest Biennale. University professors from each participating art school nominated students for a residency in Mildura to make a new site-specific work for Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10. Participating universities in 2015 include: La Trobe Art Institute, La Trobe University, Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne), College of Fine Arts (University of New South Wales), Tasmanian College of the Arts (University of Tasmania), Faculty of Art Design and Architecture (Monash University), School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Art (University of Western Australia) and the School of Art, Architecture and Design (University of South Australia).

Image: Paul Gazzola & Joey Ruigrok Van Der Werven, The Rocks Windmill, 2013, Local wood and steel interactive installation, educational and arts venue, 9.5m in height


Information

Principal Partners

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Tickets > Book Online Now www.mildurabiennale.com Festival Package $275 Includes events, meals Biennale club and Biennale tour

Major Partners

Arts Mildura acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the country on which our festivals take place including Latji Latji, Paakantji, Mutthi Mutthi & Ngiyaampaa people. We pay respect to their Elders, past and present.

Acknowledgements

Committee

Dominico de Clario (Chair) Jonathan Kimberley (Curator) Geoffrey Brown (uniVARS, Tech) Rosina Byrne (SMECC Coordinator) Daniel Downing (ADFA Gallery Coordinator) Neil Fettling (La Trobe University) Vivian Gerrand (Media) Danielle Hanifin (Logistics) Kristian Haggblom (Wallflower Photomedia Gallery Curator) Heather Lee (Mildura Arts Centre) Ricky Mitchell (Bush Symposium) Rohan Morris (Development/Deconstruct) Daryl Pappin (Mungo National Parks/ Willandra Lakes Region

Media Partners

Sponsors

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Arts Mildura Director: Paul Lambeth Curator: Jonathan Kimberley Marketing: Jess Avery Logistics: Danielle Hanifin Development: Rohan Morris Volunteer Coordinator: Ricky Palmer uniVARS Coordinator: Danielle Hobbs Marie Falcinella & Emile Zile Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area Mungo National Park Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council Mungo Youth Project, Robert Biggs Samantha Cherry & Ron Povey

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Yhonnie Scarce (Artist) Jan van Schaik (Marketing/Media/MC) Videography by Jason Heller, David Foley and Jamieson Pearce Graphic Design: Rohan Morris Proudly printed by Sunnyland Press

Volunteers

We thank the many volunteers that make this festival happen. If you are interested in volunteering please email info@artsmildura.com.au or call 03 5022 9542

Refunds

Arts Mildura regrets that it is not possible to refund or exchange on completed bookings unless the event is cancelled.

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Patrons A special thanks to: Stefano de Pieri Donata Carrazza Ross Lake OAM Helen Vivian Arts Mildura welcomes sponsors and donor enquiries and has a deductable gift recipient status for donations to the festival to be fully tax deductible. Contact Arts Mildura on 03 5022 9542 for further information or to make a donation. Arts Mildura presents a vibrant program of arts events over a calendar year, made possible by the generosity and vision of many sponsors and supporters. for further information vists www.artsmildura.com.au *Program correct at the time of printing and subject to change


2015 Artists

Alice Abdulla Lachlan Anthony Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan Bill Balaskas Eric Kumanara Barney Clair Bates Jennifer Bates Hannan Bertram Chris Boha Geoffrey Brown Daniel Browning Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley Rosina Byrne Domenico de Clario Filomena Coppola Daniel Crooks Charlie Davis Nancy Daylight Valdene Diprose Tina Doolan Samantha Doolan Dan Downing Bonita Ely puralia meenamatta (Jim Everett) Camilla Franzoni Laura Freitag Mathieu Gallois Paul Gazzola Julie Gough Rony Guterres Kristian H채ggblom & Tuomas A. Laitinen Jelina Haines Masooma Haidary Raihana Hashimi Mishka Henner Danielle Hobbs Sasha Huber & Petri Saarikko Junichiro Iwase Mah-Gul Ibrahimi Marcia Jane

Saria Jafri Sharon Jewell Desma Juli Rachel Kendrigan & Rohan Morris Jonathan Kimberley Mandi King Hanifa Khudarahm Tahira Khudarahm Yutaka Kobayashi Justine Makdessi Gail Manderson Ishmael Marika Anne McMahon John Mc Bride Ricky Mitchell Kumpei Miyata Vincent Namatjira Glenda Nicholls Sadia Najafi Joseph Nyabenda Jill Orr Daryl Pappin Izabela Pluta Debra Rankine Bronwyn Razem Steven Rhall Koji Ryui Yhonnie Scarce Catherine Shields Nicholas Smith Major Moogy Sumner Kerryn Sylvia Ellen Trevorrow Kyle Walker Stuart Walsh Lyota Yagi Shannon Young Emile Zile xs collective

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