Monday, July 04, 2005


This is a cut and paste job - so not very interesting

JULY 2005
museum of contemporary art sydney, australia


Come out of the cold and get into the MCA this July!

Delve deeper into the work of Kutlug Ataman and join us for an evening lecture or weekend discussion. If you saw 'Situation' during its installation stage, wander through and see the evolution of completed installations. Or for those younger contemporary minds on school holidays, enrol in our Junior MCA Art School and get really hands-on!

There's so much to see and do this Winter - check out for more details.


Kutlug Ataman is a consummate storyteller. A film-maker and artist, he is fascinated with the ways in which people tell their own stories. Ataman's films are portraits of individuals who live on the peripheries of society, defined by ghetto life, peculiar obsessions or transgressive sexualities. The stories are bound together by Ataman's open style of filming which allows each person to speak freely and without interference. He says, “...only in actual speech can we witness this amazing rewriting of one's history and reality. What else is there? Talking is the only meaningful activity we're capable of.”

The exhibition offers an opportunity to explore the full scope of his art, showing a number of pieces together for the first time including 'The 4 Seasons of Veronica Read' and 'Stefan's Room'. It is the largest international survey of his art to date.

A special feature of this exhibition is Ataman's new work 'Küba' commissioned by Artangel, London, and co-produced in partnership with the MCA and selected European/American venues. The result of three years' work with residents of the Istanbul ghetto area, 'Küba' is an ambitious 40 screen work that represents the many voices and lives that occupy this historic shanty-town on the margins of Turkish society.

Part of this exhibition, 'Küba', is housed offsite at Level 2, The Argyle Stores (entry via Playfair St), The Rocks. Open 10:00am - 5:00pm daily, 22 June - 24 July.

'Kutlug Ataman: Perfect Strangers' until 4 September 2005.
Admission is free thanks to MCA Leading Sponsor Telstra.


6:30pm Tuesday 19 July

Join us on Tuesday 19 July at 6:30pm for an illustrated conversation between Michael Morris, London-based Co-Director of Artangel, the pioneering commissioning agency and Andrew Mackenzie, art critic and Editor, 'Architectural Review Australia'. In the early 90s Artangel began to commission ephemeral works by artists from a range of disciplines in unexpected spaces, for audiences with little access to the arts. Artangel's most well known commission is Rachel Whiteread's project 'House', a complete cast in concrete of a late nineteeth century East End terrace house. Artangel's commissioning process has fostered fresh perspectives on public art, public space and city cultures. Its most recent commission, Kutlug Ataman's video portrait of 'Küba', an Istanbul ghetto of left-wing resistance, displayed at The Argyle Stores (entry via Playfair St), The Rocks, will be open until 6:30pm on the evening of the lecture.

The exhibition component at the MCA will be open for viewing prior to the discussion from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

Presented by the NSW Ministry for the Arts and the MCA.

Admission is $25/$22 Concession/$20 MCA Members and Ambassadors.
Bookings are essential. Please contact MCA Education on 02 9245 2484 or email

2:30pm Sunday 3 July

Join Kultug Ataman and MCA Senior Curator Rachel Kent on Sunday July 3 at 2:30pm as they discuss Kutlug Ataman's incisive video portraiture. The role and history of film, with an emphasis on the documentary genre, will also be explored.

This event is free but bookings are essential. Please contact MCA Education on 02 9245 2484 or email


'Situation' is a unique exhibition that looks at three artist networks active today in Sydney, Singapore and Berlin. These three cosmopolitan cities, each of around 4 million people, are cultural hubs, yet distinct from the traditional centres of London, Paris and New York. In each, vibrant artistic communities flourish, supported by a range of initiatives including collectives, artist-run spaces, publications and archives.

The MCA has invited artists from these three cities to reflect on their own communities in this exhibition, seeking to unveil connections between artists and their working contexts through interrelated artworks, activities and performances.

Projects within the exhibition include Sydney artists Jane Polkinghorne and Anne Kay producing a video archive of interviews with other Sydney-based visual artists; Singapore-based artists Juliana Yasin and Colin G. Reaney collaborating on an outdoor performance exploring ideas of arrival and immigration; and Lise Nellemann working closely with other Berlin-based artists to present a visual document of the activities of 'Sparwasser HQ'.

'Situation: Collaborations, Collections and Artist Networks from Sydney, Singapore and Berlin' until 21 August 2005.
Admission is free thanks to MCA Leading Sponsor Telstra.


School's out so come to the MCA and get creative!

Discover new ways of looking at and making art in these fun and hands-on holiday workshops at the MCA. Junior MCA Art School gives young artists an in-depth opportunity to find out more about artists and their practice, inspired by the process-based artworks in the exhibition Situation. The 3-day format lets kids discover contemporary art in depth and try out a wide variety of art-making techniques and materials through making sculpture, room-based installation, archival projects and exhibition viewings. Budding artists can find out more about the artworld through talks by visiting artists and excursions to artist's studios. MCA Educators, who are also practising artists, will lead the program.

Inspired by the documentation processes used in Situation, all participants receive a 'process diary' to sketch in, and contribute their experiences to an online diary published on the MCA's website.

All materials, morning tea and lunches provided. Wear a painting shirt and closed-toe shoes.

Wednesday 6 to Friday 8 July 10:00am - 3:00pm or
Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 July 10:00am - 3:00pm

Admission: $90/$80 MCA Members and Ambassadors
Bookings essential: 02 9245 2484 or


Please take the time to help us understand your thoughts on the MCA website by completing a brief questionnaire and you will have the chance to win some exciting prizes including tickets to the annual MCA Artists' Party!

Simply visit to complete and win - good luck.

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